Premier League: Michael van Gerwen takes victory from Luke Littler on Night Two in Berlin |  Darts news

Premier League: Michael van Gerwen takes victory from Luke Littler on Night Two in Berlin | Darts news

Michael van Gerwen punished two missed shots from Luke Littler to win on Night Two in Berlin; The Dutchman wins the final leg decider for a 6-5 victory; Watch Premier League Darts every Thursday night on Sky Sports

Author Megan Wellens, Digital Sports Reporter @MegWellensX

23:40, UK, Thursday 08 February 2024

Michael van Gerwen held on to seal a 6-5 victory over Luke Littler to win Night Two of the BetMGM Premier League Darts in Berlin.

Littler started well, taking the 12-dart leg to break early but the Green Machine fought back, going 2-1 ahead.

Michael van Gerwen beat Luke Littler in the final decider of the last leg in Berlin.

Both went on to score over 100 with some impressive shots, Littler holding his shot to take the match to 5-5 with the choice leg.

It was heartbreaking for the 17-year-old as, after settling on D10, he missed two game arrows, allowing van Gerwen to come back and clinch the match on D4.

Van Gerwen says he feels good on stage after beating Littler in the final

“Sometimes I have arrows but to have a game against Luke Littler is always good,” Van Gerwen said. Sky Sports Arrows after his victory.

“I think it was a great night, the way everyone played, I think it was a great night for darts.

“I’m very happy with the way I did today. Finally today I was able to answer him in the end and this is very important for me.

“I played very well and in the important moments I managed to put pressure on my opponents.

“That was the most important moment for me today. There’s more to come.”

Van Gerwen hit a perfect six shots in the last game against Michael Smith in the semi-final in Berlin.

Van Gerwen produced a thrilling decision against Michael Smith to book his place in the final.

The Dutchman dominated the first half of the match, leading 4-1 over Bullyboy.

Smith fought back to bring the match to 5-5, four legs on the spin helping him on his way, but two maximums in the final race sealed the victory for MVG.

Results: Night One, Utilita Arena, Cardiff

The last part
Nathan Aspinall 4-6 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 6-5 Gerwyn Tree
Luke Littler 6-5 Rob Cross
Luke Humphries 6-4 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Michael Smith
Luke Littler 6-5 Luke Humphries
The last thing
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Luke Littler

In the opening quarter of the night, the Night Two winner fought back and took five legs in a row to claim his first Premier League win of 2024 against Nathan Aspinall.

Asp had started well, taking the first three legs and going 112, but Van Gerwen showed his class to come back, breaking the tie twice, and winning 6-4.

Van Gerwen was 4-1 down to Nathan Aspinall, so a 120 check saw him win each of the remaining legs of the match.

Littler defeats the World Championship contenders on the way to the finish line

Littler took part in his first Premier League final with a close 6-5 victory over Luke Humphries in the final replay of the World Darts Championship.

Littler hit 130 on the bullseye against Cross

Humphries looked the stronger of the two early on but Littler continued to score well and clawed his way back into the game.

With the leg to decide, and the world champion missing the all-important T20, Littler set himself up well with three T18s at the D10 favorite to win.

Littler hit six good shots but Luke Humphries still managed to win the best leg in the semi-final in Berlin.

Littler had already held his own in the second leg of the World Championship quarter-final to win 6-5 over Rob Cross.

The rivalry continued between the two, Littler getting a 130 checkout on his way to a 3-1 lead, Cross fighting back at 144 as the match came to a head at 5-5.

Littler showed maturity beyond his years to stay calm and take the match at D15 and add another point to his tally.

Rob Cross scored a top score of 144 against Littler

Elsewhere, in the final replay of Night One, Smith battled back from three legs down and two breaths to beat Gerwyn Price 6-5.

Both players won the ‘Big Fish’ in a thrilling match, with the St Helens man showing his class and form to book a place in the final.

Humphries also showed his skills to win the match against Peter Wright, taking a 6-4 victory.

It was arguably Wright’s best for a while, getting a break, but even two maximums in the 10th leg were not enough as Humphries booked his final place.

Wayne Mardle feels that Peter Wright is in the worst situation of his life and says he cannot continue to blame arrows.

He will be hoping that the home crowd on his side on Night Three in Glasgow can see him finally get a point in the group.

What’s next?

Premier League Darts now heads to the OVO Hydro in Glasgow on Thursday February 15.

Schedule: Third Night, Glasgow, Thursday February 15

The last part
Rob Cross v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Nathan Aspinall v Luke Humphries
Gerwyn Price v Luke Littler

Night Three will open with Rob Cross vs Michael Smith, before Michael van Gerwen plays Peter Wright, Nathan Aspinall takes on Luke Humphries, and Gerwyn Price takes on Luke Littler.

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