Darts: Reigning Champion Glen Durrant Eliminated on
Premier League Night Seven
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Glen Durrant will leave the competition when he plays his final match on Thursday. Durrant is still on zero points, every failing to register a draw or win in his seven opening games. His latest loss being against Jose de Sousa.

On the other end of the table, Dimitri van Den Bergh still sits top with an impressive 7-4 win over Rob Cross.

Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton both shared a point after an entertaining 6-6 draw, the first one in 14 matches in the Premier League. A result which will be deemed as a fair one, with both players missing key doubles in the match.

James Wade wrapped up a 7-4 victory over Scotsman Peter Wright. Wade averaged 105 and hit 63% of his doubles. The night was rounded off with Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson drawing, with Anderson taking the twelfth and final leg.

Early exit for reigning champion Durrant

Despite winning the highest number of legs so far, Duzza was left empty handed yet again in Milton Keynes.

A bright start saw the Englishman take 105 out to lead 2-1 over De Sousa. However, the Portuguese wasn’t fazed at all. There were even signs of a repeated nine-darter by The Special One, after he hit seven perfect darts in leg seven.

Ultimately, it was the same story for Durrant, and he was defeated comfortably in the end, 7-4.

Elsewhere, Clayton and Aspinall played out an entertaining match, which finished all square. A 121 checkout on the second consecutive night for the Welshman was soon cancelled out by Aspinall’s 124 finish in the following leg to extend his lead to 4-2.

In a match that had seven breaks of throw in a row, it was a dramatic hold of throw by Clayton that finished the match 6-6, after Aspinall missed two match darts at tops.

(Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)
(Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Dancing Dimitri stays first

An almost flawless displace by Van Den Bergh saw him become the first player to get to 10 points this year. An 11 darter in the fourth leg to level things up was followed by a ruthless 96 finish, after Cross missed a dart at the bull.

Dancing Dimitri then took out a 124 finish to extend his dominance to 5-2. However, two missed match darts at double 18 from the Belgian gave former world champ Cross hope, which was illustrated with a 97 checkout straight after.

In the end though, Van Den Bergh had too much and saw out a 7-4 win with a 101 average. Cross, who now sits ninth in the table, can be happy with four out of six on the outer ring.

Wade gave himself a good chance of avoiding relegation with his win over Wright. Snakebite is now only one place above the relegation zone in eighth after the defeat.

It was one of the best performances of the tournament so far, with The Machine averaging 105 and hitting 63% of his doubles. A 100 checkout in the opening leg and a 96 finish in the final one summed up the impressive display.

The conclusion saw Van Gerwen and Anderson complete the second draw of the night. With Van Gerwen left on 32 to take the match, Anderson managed to take out 68 on double 20, a dart which wasn’t far off double five.

Unibet Premier League
Night Seven - Tuesday April 20

Glen Durrant 4-7 Jose de Sousa
Rob Cross 4-7 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Nathan Aspinall 6-6 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 4-7 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Gary Anderson

Night Eight - Wednesday April 21
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
Gary Anderson v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen v Jose de Sousa
James Wade v Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright v Glen Durrant

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