A very accomplished night’s work for Michael van Gerwen as he beats Jonny Clayton, Michael Smith and Peter Wright to win the Night Four title – his first Premier League title of the year, dropping just three legs all night at Westpoint Exeter

Last Updated: 03/03/22 11:17pm

    Watch the best checkouts of Premier League Night Four in Exeter

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    Watch the best checkouts of Premier League Night Four in Exeter

    Watch the best checkouts of Premier League Night Four in Exeter

    Michael van Gerwen was in blistering form to make it back into the Premier League winner’s circle on Night Four in Exeter – dropping just three legs all night on his way to victory.

    The Dutchman crushed reigning champion Jonny Clayton, before easing past Michael Smith to reach the final where he whitewashed Peter Wright.

    Van Gerwen had an off-colour 2021 and made a slow start to the revamped tournament this year but found his groove to move up to second in the overall table, a point behind Wright after a dazzling night’s work in Devon.

    He becomes the fourth different winner in the four rounds so far with Wright, Clayton and Gerwyn Price also victorious.

    Premier League – Night 4 in Exeter Results

    Quarter-finalsJonny Clayton1-6Michael van Gerwen
    Michael Smith6-5Joe Cullen
    Gerwyn Price2-6Peter Wright
    James Wade6-4Gary Anderson
    Semi-finalsMichael van Gerwen6-2Michael Smith
    Peter Wright6-2James Wade
    FinalMichael van Gerwen6-0Peter Wright

    Michael van Gerwen whitewashed Peter Wright to win in Exeter

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    Michael van Gerwen whitewashed Peter Wright to win in Exeter

    Michael van Gerwen whitewashed Peter Wright to win in Exeter

    But on this form the rest of the field will be wary of Van Gerwen, who feels the best might yet be to come.

    “It was really important, tonight I played some good darts and you can build into the rest of the Premier League, it is always hard especially when you aren’t at your best,” he told Sky Sports.

    “I played well, it was good to win the night and I think there is more to come.”

    After his disappointing time last year and a sluggish start to 2022, Van Gerwen remained confident things would come good.

    “To panic is a weak sign, I am everything but I am not weak,” he added. “I have been waiting for this for a long time, I know it’s hard because there are so many good darts players, but you have to take your chances.

    “You have to believe in your own opportunity, what anyone else thinks you have to do it yourself.

    “People think it’s easy to win but that is not how it is. You have to do the right thing at the right moment, week after week, throw after throw.”

    Van Gerwen broke Wright with this majestic 134 checkout in the final

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    Van Gerwen broke Wright with this majestic 134 checkout in the final

    Van Gerwen broke Wright with this majestic 134 checkout in the final

    Wright dismantled Price 6-2 in a showdown of the two best players in the world to reach the semi-finals.

    Price defeated Wright in a high-quality European Tour final last weekend to keep his place as world No 1, but ‘Snakebite’ averaged 101 as he rattled off five legs in succession to defeat the Welshman in the highly-anticipated clash of the giants.

    The Scot then eased past James Wade to reach his second final since the change of format.

    Night Five from The Brighton Centre: Thursday, March 10

    Quarter-FinalsGary Anderson vs Michael Smith
    Peter Wright vs Jonny Clayton
    Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade
    Joe Cullen vs Gerwyn Price

    World Championship finalist Smith got off the mark with his first win in the competition, edging Joe Cullen 6-5 in a thrilling encounter, while Wade punished Gary Anderson 6-4 in the other quarter-final.

    Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. We’re back for more Premier League action from The Brighton Centre on Thursday, March 10 from 7pm on Sky Sports Arena.