Michael van Gerwen spoke to Sky Sports after his latest Premier League win in Berlin

Michael van Gerwen spoke to host Dave Clark and Wayne Mardle after his latest win in the Premier League

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen made it three wins from four and remains hot on the heels of Michael Smith, after trouncing Daryl Gurney 7-2 in Berlin.

Van Gerwen backed up his impressive victory over Gary Anderson in Newcastle by defeating Northern Irishman Gurney.

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The world No 1 came out of the blocks in inspired form and was averaging 115 in the early stages, before five missed doubles allowed Gurney to hit back with his first leg.

The two-time World Champion was in no mood to hand his opponent any more chances, though, and bulldozed his way into a 6-1 lead before eventually running out as a 7-2 winner with an average of 103.42 with 44 per cent on doubles.

“I think I played okay and I did the right things at the right moments to get the two points,” Van Gerwen told Sky Sports. “I didn’t make a lot of mistakes and my confidence is good at the moment.

“This crowd deserved a 170 finish and also for myself. Missing doesn’t count, you need to hit them.

“This was amazing tonight and darts is getting bigger and better all over the world. I love what I do and that’s very important, and this was a special night.”

MVG struck this 106 checkout on his way to victory over Daryl Gurney

Van Gerwen, who moved onto six points and claimed second place in the table with his latest victory, said he just loves that winning feeling.

“For me it’s all about winning. I like to win tournaments I’m competing in and I’m desperate to win, I want to win. I will do anything that’s necessary to try to get that victory,” added the world No 1. “I love what I do and that’s very important.”

The 2018 Premier League heads to the Westpoint Arena in Exeter next Thursday evening with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action. You can also watch the arrows on Sky Sports Mix, which you can find on channel 287, and is free for all Sky customers. Eleven weeks of tungsten action will then continue through to the season’s conclusion with the Play-Offs on May 17 at The O2 in London.

Night Five – March 1 at the Westpoint Arena, Exeter Gary Anderson v Rob Cross Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright Mensur Suljovic v Michael van Gerwen Raymond van Barneveld v Michael Smith Simon Whitlock v Gerwyn Price

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