Michael van Gerwen believes no one will get a better chance to beat him than Daryl Gurney had in their Premier League Darts semi-final on Thursday night.
The world number one went on to win the trophy at The O2, defeating Rob Cross in the final, but he made an extremely shaky start to the evening, by his lofty standards.
Mighty Mike threw the first three darts of the play-offs and managed just 38, which set the tone for a match in which neither man found top form.
Van Gerwen eventually got over the line with a 10-7 victory but he knows he was fortunate to do so.
‘If they can’t beat when I play this bad, they’re never going to beat me. I’m not going to play worse than a 96 average, I’m not going to play worse than that.’
MVG did indeed end the match with an average of 96.48, over five points lower than his tournament average, which left Gurney all the more disappointed that he couldn’t take advantage.
‘I went out there and Van Gerwen was for the grabs and I let him off,’ Gurney said after defeat. ‘I feel like I missed an opportunity, but ah well.
‘We were up there trying so hard it was ridiculous. I was hanging in there but I was practicing so poor tonight and the way I played was the way I was practicing.’
MVG is actually wrong that he is not going to play any worse than that, as he recorded three lower averages over the league stage of the competition.
The Dutchman landed a 94.33 as he lost 7-3 to James Wade, 95.22 in an 8-5 loss to Gurney and 96.07 in beating Gerwyn Price 7-2.h3">
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However, although the world champ believes the problem was the dartboard, which he asked to be changed after 10 legs of the semi-final.
The score was 5-5 at the time so the new board clearly helped out the world number one as he powered to victory from there.
‘I wasn’t nervous, the dartboard before the break was absolutely terrible, it was too soft,’ said MVG. ‘But it happens, it’s part of darts, then you have to wait for the break to change it. After that, you see what happened.’
Van Gerwen’s game was vastly improved in the final where he comfortably beat Rob Cross 11-5 with an average of 103.36.
The five-time champ finished the match and the tournament off in style with a 130 finish on double eight to get his hands on a cheque for £250,000 and win the title for a fourth straight year.
Source : https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/24/michael-van-gerwen-claims-cannot-play-worse-premier-league-darts-semi-final-9672833/1004