Van Gerwen lost the final in Belfast on the opening day of the Premier League

Van Gerwen lost the final in Belfast on the opening day of the Premier League

Michael van Gerwen started the prestigious Premier League darts with two wins and one loss. Vlijmen’s defending champion lost to Brit Chris Dobey, who also won the Masters last Sunday in the final on the first day in Belfast: 5-6.

In the last World Cup, Van Gerwen beat his rival Dobey 5-0, but it certainly wasn’t that easy in the Northern Irish capital. Dobey immediately retracted the timeout with a 170 finish and then went ahead 1-3.

The Dutch player showed resilience and evened the scores, thanks in part to a 114 finish in the sixth leg. Both darts narrowly escaped and a decisive foot with a 5-5 score had to offer a solution. Dobey took the lead with a handsome 160 finish.

“This shouldn’t have happened, I’m really disappointed,” Van Gerwen later told Viaplay. “This is the Premier League and losing is part of that, but next week has to be better. The drop was too much.”

He was referring to his previous two games last night. Van Gerwen started well, beating Michael Smith in the quarterfinals (6-3). This was de Brabander’s revenge for losing the World Cup final to the Englishman.

Van den Bergh exit

In the semi-finals, Van Gerwen was too strong for Dimitri Van den Bergh: 6-4. The Dutch had already stopped the Belgian at the World Cup. Then things went wrong against Dobey.

The second round week of the Premier League will be played in Cardiff on Thursday. The battle for victory will take place in Rotterdam on April 20.

Source: NOS