Michael van Gerwen produced an inspired display to defeat Gerwyn Price 11-5 and secure a record-breaking seventh Cazoo Premier League title at The O2 in London on Thursday.

The Dutchman created another slice of history on a high-quality night of action in the capital, defeating World Champion Michael Smith and table-topper Price to retain the coveted title.

Van Gerwen lifted his maiden Premier League crown at The O2 a decade ago, and his demolition of Price in Thursday’s showpiece saw him overhaul Phil Taylor’s tally of six Premier League titles.

“It feels amazing,” admitted Van Gerwen, who averaged 105 and converted three ton-plus finishes to scoop the £275,000 top prize.

“We all know Gerwyn Price is in fantastic form. Michael Smith had won three of the last four weeks and I had been questioned about my form, and today it motivated me.

“You always have to peak at the right moments, and when you’re at The O2 competing against Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price, you have to perform at your A-game.

“I think I played some fantastic darts today, and what more can I wish for, to win this trophy for a seventh time.

“I had to produce something special and I’m really glad I did. Everyone knows I had [injury] problems last week, and I worked really hard for this.

“I’m not done yet. I love what I do, and there’s more to come.”


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