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Premier League darts: Michael van Gerwen back to winning ways


PDC world champion Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways after he claimed his first victory of this year's Premier League.

The world No. 1 saw off Peter Wright 7-3 in front of 7,000 fans at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena to remain unbeaten after the opening two matches, following his draw with Gary Anderson last week.

Dutchman Van Gerwen, who hit a maximum 170 finish and missed darts for a 7-0 whitewash in his match with Wright, told the PDC's official website: "I think I played okay there -- I could have won 7-0 , maybe I was trying too hard but I don't think I deserved to win 7-0. As long as you win and get the two points, that's the most important thing.

"There's more in the tank to come and I will be prepared for the other players as well, because you have to perform week after week."

Anderson also picked up his first win of the competition with a 7-3 triumph over Jelle Klaasen.

"I played well against Michael last week but I didn't think it was as good tonight, so it's nice to get the two points and I'll take that," Anderson said. "It's going alright so far but it's always hard and every point is important."

Phil Taylor and James Wade played out an entertaining 6-6 draw to maintain their unbeaten starts.

Six-time Premier League champion Taylor said: "I'm happy with the point. It's a shame that I didn't win but the result was fair and it was about even."

Raymond van Barneveld, the 2014 winner, also stayed unbeaten following a 6-6 draw against Kim Huybrechts, who picked up his first point of the season in the process. Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis scored his first win with a 7-2 victory over Dave Chisnall, who remains bottom of the table without a point after the first two weeks.

The Premier League holds a record £875,000 prize fund with £250,000 given to the eventual winner. It continues in Leeds on Feb. 16.

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