Rob Cross was the player eliminated on Judgement Night of the Premier League.
Voltage, last year’s beaten finalist, lost 7-4 to league leader Glen Durrant to officially end his campaign.
Elsewhere on Judgement Night of the Premier League:
- Nathan Aspinall beat Michael Smith 7-5 in a Premier League classic
- Daryl Gurney stayed up despite losing 7-4 to Peter Wright
- Gary Anderson won 7-4 to pile more pressure on Michael van Gerwen
- Gerwyn Price produced a 12 minute 7-0 whitewash over challenger Jermaine Wattimena
Durrant switches off Voltage
Rob Cross knew he had to win to stay up, coming into the final game of the night. Unfortunately for Voltage, he left too much to do, losing 7-4 to league leader Glen Durrant in a high quality game, with both players averaging over 100.
Cross started poorly, straying into the single 2 on an 82 outshot chance and not getting a dart at a double. Durrant then hit D20 for a 13 dart break and lead 2-0.
After holding his throw, Duzza produced the moment of the match. Cross missed two at double top, which allowed the Teesider to hit a 167 for the second night in a row and make it 4-0. Durrant then punished more missed darts at double from Voltage to make it 5-0.
Cross then started to find his range. He hit a 124 on the bullseye, and then broke the throw in the seventh leg, before holding again to make it 5-3 and potentially look like a remarkable comeback was on the cards. Those thoughts were quickly shattered though, as Durrant hit D20 in the ninth leg to make it 6-3 and officially relegate Cross.
Two more holds followed, which saw Durrant take the game 7-4 and remain two points clear at the top of the league.
Durrant told Online Darts that the restart’s ‘gone absolutely perfect. I feel good on stage. It’s exciting times.
“I’ve proved to people and I’m proving to myself that I deserve to be there.”
Aspinall beats Smith in thriller
Nathan Aspinall produced a stunning comeback against Michael Smith in the first game on Judgement Night in the Premier League.
The match, which saw 11 180s, started off tamely, with the first four legs shared. However, Smith got the first break of throw in the fifth leg. He hit a brilliant 171, followed by a 97 checkout, to go 3-2 up.
This seemed to spark life into Bully Boy. He hit two maximums in the following leg to help consolidate the break, and led 5-3 after eight legs with an average of 110.
Aspinall came roaring back though, hitting two 180s in the 10th leg followed by D16 for a 12 dart break of his own to level at 5-5. The Asp then managed to hold his throw to guarantee a point, and then drama followed.
Smith kicked off the leg with another 180, and had 40 left with Aspinall nowhere near. Bully Boy then missed eight darts at a double to share the spoils. This allowed The Asp to eventually find D8 to win his fourth straight leg and knock Smith out of the Play-Off places.
After his win, Aspinall told Online Darts: “It was a brilliant game to be involved in. Every time I play Michael we bring the best out of each other.
“When it was 5-3, I would have been happy with a point. It does feel that I’ve nicked a point off Michael.”
Gurney stays up despite loss to Wright
Peter Wright made Daryl Gurney wait for Premier League survival, as the World Champion won 7-4 for his fourth victory in five Premier League games.
Wright started off the better player, but Gurney hung on to him enough on his own throw to keep the contest level at 2-2. Then in the fifth leg, history almost happened. Wright hit eight perfect darts, but went inside on double 12 for what would have been the 10th nine dart leg in Premier League history. He had to settle for a 10 darter though, as went back ahead 3-2.
The contest continued on throw until the 10th leg. Trailing 5-4, Gurney missed the bull for a 127 outshot. With Wright on 52, Superchin then missed two more for the leg, which allowed Wright to swoop in and hit double 16 with the last dart in hand to get the crucial break of throw.
Wright then hit double 10 in the next leg with Gurney far behind to complete the 7-4 win, and move second in the table, having picked up nine points from a possible 10 in his last five outings.
Speaking after the game, Wright told Online Darts: “I played great in one leg, and then on his leg, I would throw 60 and I’d still be on 400 thinking ‘what is going on?’
“I didn’t feel great in myself.”
Anderson moves level with MvG
Gary Anderson moved level on points with Michael van Gerwen, as he produced a 7-4 win against The Green Machine.
After sharing the opening two legs, it was Anderson who got the first break, as he found D12 for a 2-1 lead. MvG though cancelled out the break straight away, finding D10 to level straight back up.
Both players held their throw a further two times to take the game to 4-4, and from there, Anderson took control. A 180 in the ninth leg left him 96, which he found to make it 5-4 and get a crucial break.
After holding his throw and securing a point, he won the match with a magnificent 101 checkout for his first victory over van Gerwen since the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts semi final.
Speaking after the victory, Anderson told Online Darts: “We used to have a great rivalry, we’ve had some cracking games, but I think tonight the both of us will forget that one.
“There was wee bits of good stuff, and some rubbish. Even Michael tonight.. he’s not been the Michael van Gerwen over the last couple of months.”
Price powers past Wattimena
Gerwyn Price produced the first whitewash of the season on Judgement Night in the Premier League. He beat the final challenger Jermaine Wattimena 7-0 in just 12 minutes.
Price came into the game knowing a win would mathematically secure his place in the next phase of the 2020 Premier League. He won the first leg by hitting D20, and seemed to play the rest of the match with complete confidence.
After holding throw, he then produced a magical 164 checkout to win the third leg, and let out a big roar on stage. He did the same in the next leg, hitting double top for a 114, with Wattimena himself on 40. The Dutchman had a chance to get on the board in the next leg but went inside on double 18. This allowed Price to hit a 74 and go 5-0 up.
After holding his throw again, The Iceman won the match with another excellent finish, this time hitting D18 and then tops to complete the first whitewash in the Premier League since last year, when James Wade did the same to Daryl Gurney.
Price was surprised that people still thought he would be the one relegated. He said: “I only had to win one leg! And if I lost 7-0, Glen only had to win one leg!
If you’d have given me two million to one, I still wouldn’t have had a pound on it. It was going to be very, very unlucky for me not to get through.”
Judgement Night Results
Nathan Aspinall 7-5 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 7-4 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 7-0 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 7-4 Daryl Gurney
Glen Durrant 7-4 Rob Cross
Night Ten Fixtures
Glen Durrant v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Gary Anderson
Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney
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