Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson in best game of this year’s Premier League Darts

Watch Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson go toe-to-toe in leg five of a classic encounter

Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson have five Premier League titles and four World Championship wins between them and they played one of the greatest games of darts in Newcastle on Thursday.

World No 1 Van Gerwen returned to winning ways courtesy of a 7-3 triumph over Anderson.

In a match of high quality, the defending champion responded to last week’s defeat to Peter Wright in style by averaging 110.26 with a checkout percentage of 58.33 and seven maximums.

Anderson, who averaged a brilliant 110.79, had clawed his way back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with a stunning 170 checkout after Van Gerwen had hit seven perfect darts in one of the greatest legs ever witnessed.

Click on the video above to hear Wayne Mardle and Rod Studd salivate over a leg which was pure “madness”.

The 2018 Premier League heads to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin next Thursday with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action. Twelve weeks of tungsten action will continue through to the season’s conclusion with the Play-Offs on May 17 at The O2 in London.

Night Four – February 22 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld Peter Wright v Gary Anderson

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