World champion Michael van Gerwen wan his fifth Premier League title after he beat Bob Cross 11-5 at the London 02 Arena. The 30 year old has now claimed victory at the event for four successive years, and now sits only one behind Phil Taylor in terms of overall record for six Premier League wins in a single career.
The Dutch player has struggled for his semi final win against Daryl Gurney, while Cross vested James Wade for the last four. But Van Gerwen’s game vastly improved to seer him take on England’s world number two cross, and earned £250,000 as the top prize. The pair had finished first and second for the league phase, which had been completed over the last 16 weeks in venues across Europe.
Cross, who is the world champion of 2018, managed to rally after he fell 5-1 behind for the final, but he missed three darts at a double, levelling the match for a pivotal 10th leg. This allowed the player to claimed a 6-4 lead into the interval, and it was an advantage that he didn’t give up for the rest of the game, with the world number one taking the win with a final of 130 checkout.
Talking about his win, he told reporters that it was a phenomenal title to win again for the fifth time, and that it had been both an amazing and difficult tournament, and that Rob had almost pushed him out of it.
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