Michael van Gerwen has had an up and down start to 2019 but has shown once again that he can produce the goods.
He saw off Michael Smith in a repeat of the Premier League and World Championship Final with a 109 average.
This was in a 8-3 win for Mighty Mike who hit 62 percent on his doubles with Smith playing his part averaging 100.
Van Gerwen started brilliantly as he always does going 4-0 up and threatening the world record with a 121 average.
This gave Smith no chance but he stuck with the task in hand.
He hit a 12 darter to go 4-1 behind with a 108 average himself.
Van Gerwen surged further to a 6-1 lead but Smith hit double 20 in a break then held to make it 6-3 to maintain his footing.
Despite that though a 14 darter allowed MVG to go one away and he duly obliged to claim the win.
Cross remains top of the pile but Van Gerwen is right behind him as a brilliant start to the second phase continues.
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Night eleven schedule
Rob Cross (102.03) 8-5 (100.28) Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price (89.24) 8-5 (88.8) Mensur Suljovic
James Wade (90.17) 7-7 (104.05) Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith (100.42) 3-8 (109.11) Michael van Gerwen
Tags: Michael van Gerwen, Premier League 2019
MvG AT HIS RUTHLESS BEST!
What a win for Michael van Gerwen as he averages 109.11 and hits 62% of his doubles to take an 8-3 win against Michael Smith.
The heat is on at the top ? pic.twitter.com/JVWehZLUEG
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) April 11, 2019
Author: Samuel Gill