Michael van Gerwen hails Gary Anderson for pushing him at Premier League Darts in Newcastle

Michael van Gerwen hit seven 180s and averaged 110.62 in his sensational win over Gary Anderson

Reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen said his clash against Gary Anderson in Newcastle was “phenomenal”.

Van Gerwen bounced back from his loss to Peter Wright in Cardiff a week ago with a superb 7-3 win over Anderson.

The game of this year’s Premier League so far saw both players average over 110, with Anderson firing in a 170 checkout but paying for nine missed doubles as Van Gerwen followed up seven 180s with a clinical finishing display.

Van Gerwen led 2-0 before Anderson took out 78 and 82 – for an 11-darter – to level, before responding to seven perfect darts from the Dutchman with the maximum checkout as he took the lead at 3-2.

World No 1 Van Gerwen landed two more maximums in a 12-darter to level, took out legs of 14 and 13 darts to move 5-3 up and capitalised on misses from Anderson in the next two as he sealed an amazing win.

“Of course I enjoyed it. I think it was a great game for people to watch and also for us to play in,” Van Gerwen told Sky Sports’ Dave Clark and Wayne Mardle on the main stage. “We both played a phenomenal game. In the last two weeks I’ve not been at my best but Gary brings a little bit extra out of me.

“When you play like this against an opponent like Gary, it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the Premier League.

“We were both phenomenal and we can both be happy with the performance, but it’s most important that I got the two points because I needed that to keep up with the players at the top of the table.”

MVG just missed out on nine-dart finish, only for Anderson to step up with 170 checkout!

Speaking about the fifth leg of the match, the Dutchman called it a bit “annoying” after ‘The Flying Scotsman’ nailed a sensational 170 checkout to win the leg in which Van Gerwen had landed seven perfect darts.

“I missed two darts for a 3-0 lead, but I was in such good concentration and focus that I felt there was more in this game and I showed it straight after.

“I had to perform because I was only on two points, so I had to catch them up. I’ve already had Rob Cross, Peter Wright, and Gary Anderson so four points is not too bad. I know now how to reach my A-game and I know that I can do that more often.”

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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