Darts: Jonny Clayton secures final play-off spot with win over Dimitri Van den Bergh 
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Jonny Clayton kept his dream debut alive in the Premier League with an 8-6 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh. The Welshman went into the match knowing a draw would be enough to qualify for the play-offs.

José de Sousa put on an incredible display against Nathan Aspinall to win 8-3. A match that will be repeated the following evening on finals night. 

Michael van Gerwen once again finished top of the pile with a 100 average win over Peter Wright. The win sees The Green Machine finish with an impressive 23 points.

The only match that had no say on the top four standings was James Wade against Gary Anderson. A Wade win saw him finish sixth, leaving Anderson at the bottom in eighth place. 

The Ferret continues excellent year

Despite predictions that it might be a scrappy affair, both Clayton and Van Den Bergh certainly put on a show.

The Welshman averaged just under 104, with 17 140s and two finishes of 121. The Belgian won the 180 battle 6-0, but that wasn't enough to get the eight legs he needed.

The key break came at the start of the match in the third leg, with Clayton taking out 84 after Van Den Bergh had missed a dart at double 16. 

With the Masters champion only needing a draw, it seemed too big of a task for Van Den Bergh as the match went on.

Clayton confirmed his spot by winning his seventh leg on double five, before taking both points in the last leg, winning 8-6. 

Elsewhere, it was already confirmed that Van Gerwen would finish top due to other results on the night. 

Snakebite had been enjoying the return of the crowds during this week, and this was again shown.

However, three ton plus checkouts by Van Gerwen, which included a 145 to guarantee a draw, was enough to take the spoils 8-6. 

The recent performances of Wright will be enough for him to be happy going into the rest of the year. 

De Sousa and Aspinall play out classic

With both players having qualified for the top four beforehand, this match was played in a very good spirit. 

The win for De Sousa means he finishes second, with Aspinall in third. The significance of that being the Portuguese will have the throw in their semi-final.

(Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

The match itself was a thriller. One of the most memorable moments of Premier League history saw De Sousa take out 120 in the very first leg, with three double 20s. 

He also managed to break the 180 record in the competition, getting to 80 and overtaking Anderson in the process. 

Despite Aspinall taking out 152 in the second leg, the limelight was on The Special One. He ended how he started, taking out 149 to win 8-3. 

The night was opened with Wade and Anderson battling out a dead rubber. 

The majority of spectators would have agreed a draw would have been a fair result. However, it was Wade who managed to take both points.

In the final leg, Anderson missed a dart at the bull to confirm a draw, with Wade then taking out 94 to get the win. The result confirmed Anderson finishing bottom out of the eight remaining players. 

Unibet Premier League
Night Sixteen - Thursday May 27

James Wade 8-6 Gary Anderson 

Nathan Aspinall 3-8 José de Sousa

Michael van Gerwen 8-6 Peter Wright 

Jonny Clayton 8-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh 

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