Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways on Thursday at the Premier League in Nottingham condemning Gerwyn Price to his first league defeat of the season.

Van Gerwen ended up winning 7-2 including a brilliant 132 checkout on the way to go 5-2 up before legs of 13 and 14 darts to finish the job. He spoke afterwards and admitted that they both struggled but it was good to get back to winning ways.

“The main thing tonight was to get back to winning ways, so I’m happy with that even though the performance wasn’t fantastic,” said Van Gerwen.

“For some reason tonight both Gerwyn and myself struggled to play our best game which is a shame but I got better towards the end of the game and ended up winning comfortably.

“Of course I like to be top of the league and I know I have to work hard to stay there. I have to be at my best every week now to keep my record of topping the league phase every year since my debut season.”

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Author: Samuel Gill