Jose de Sousa hit a nine-darter on his way to sharing the spoils against Nathan Aspinall. The draw means that, despite De Sousa’s fantastic performance, he still sits in ninth spot with two points from four games.
The opening fixture of Night Four saw Dimitri van Den Bergh and Peter Wright also share a point each, putting the Belgian up to first in the 2021 Premier League.
Jonny Clayton, who no doubt has been the player of 2021 so far, succumbed to his first defeat in the league thanks to an impressive performance by Rob Cross. Michael van Gerwen's undefeated start come to an end after also conceded his first loss after playing a ruthless James Wade.
Glen Durrant remains bottom with no points going into the final night of block one, after two-time world champion Gary Anderson smashed the Englishman 7-2 to close the evening's action.
Special One produces perfection
De Sousa opened the first leg with six perfect darts, but unfortunately ending up miscounting and butchering darts at a double. The Portuguese then responded perfectly in the second leg with a nine-darter.
This, with a record equalling 11 180s, was not enough for The Special One to get his first win in Premier League history after Aspinall calmly took the twelfth and final leg. A leg in which De Sousa missed a dart at the bull to gain the full two points.
Two legs before, De Sousa missed four darts to take a 6-4 lead, a moment that would also prove crucial.
Elsewhere, Clayton, who hit a nine-darter against de Sousa last night, was beaten for the first time in this year’s Premier League by former world champion Cross.
In a match that was filled with missed doubles, it was the Englishman who prevailed 7-3 by taking out double 16 with a 97 average. The Ferret averaged 95, resulting in an incredibly disappointing night after the 9 darter and win on night three.
Dimitri and Peter play out entertaining draw
It was a high-quality opener as Van Den Bergh and Wright shared a point each with a 6-6 draw. In total, there were 12 180s, with the Belgian hitting eight of them.
A 160 finish by The DreamMaker helped him on his way to a 101 average and broke Wright’s throw to go 3-1 up. A leg later, Wright replied with a 121 checkout to bring it back to just one leg.
Van Den Bergh found himself 5-4 up and missed three darts to guarantee a point. The Scotsman cleaned up to level 5-5. The last two legs were shared for six apiece, with Wright the happier and luckier man.
UK Open champion Wade got his first victory of the tournament, with a 7-3 win over Van Gerwen.
Three ton-plus finishes by The Machine, which included a 120, 121 and 135, helped his triumph along with Van Gerwen’s struggles at the outer ring.
The final game of the night saw Anderson continue the misery of former BDO champion Durrant, who has now lost his first four games.
The match was summed up at 5-2, with the defending champion missing three darts, only for Gary Anderson to capitalise and gain a point at 6-2, whilst breaking throw in the process. The win was then confirmed as The Flying Scotsman took out 56 to take a comfortable 7-2 victory.
Unibet Premier League
Thursday April 8
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-6 Peter Wright
Jonny Clayton 3-7 Rob Cross
Jose de Sousa 6-6 Nathan Aspinall
James Wade 7-3 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 7-2 Glen Durrant
Friday April 9
Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright v Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall
James Wade v Glen Durrant
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jose de Sousa