Michael Van Gerwen produced a stunning comeback against Peter Wright to win day one of the PDC Summer Series.
The world number one was 7-5 down, but didn’t allow the world champion a match dart, to take a 8-7 victory and his first Players Championship title of 2020.
Aside from the top two meeting, day one also saw:
- Gabriel Clemens and Danny Noppert increase their chances of being in the World Matchplay
- Ricky Evans climb into the Matchplay qualification places
- Krzysztof Ratajski hit the highest average of the day en route to a semi final
- Eddie Lovely come through his board and make a last 16
- A whole host of seeds crashing out early on
MvG back to his best
The Green Machine hadn’t won a Pro Tour title this year heading into the first day at Milton Keynes, leading to questions about whether he had lost his aura.
But the Dutchman looked in imperious form throughout. After comfortably beating Ciaran Teehan 6-1, he survived a match dart against William Borland to come through 6-5.
He then followed up with a 6-4 victory over Callan Rydz, in the game of the day which saw both players average over 106.
Once through his board, van Gerwen dispatched Jamie Hughes 6-1 and fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert 6-0, before averaging 107 against Gabriel Clemens to win his semi final 7-3, despite missing a D12 for a nine dart finish.
In the final against Wright, the world number one started strongly, going ahead 5-2. The match then turned on a 112 checkout from Wright, which saw the world champion win five straight legs to go 7-5 up and on the brink of the title.
But Van Gerwen would not let Wright have a match dart, as he reeled off the final three legs to win 8-7 and take home the £10,000 top prize.
Speaking after his win, MvG told Online Darts: “Peter had a couple of really good finishes and I missed a few darts at a double here and there. But you have to win eight legs, not seven. Simple as that.
“I played well. People know my capabilities. They know what I’m capable of. I don’t have to prove anything.”
Van Gerwen also believes Peter Wright isn’t “my biggest threat. Gerwyn Price is my biggest threat or Gary Anderson. Every time I say that he hates it!”
Wright falls at the final hurdle
It was fitting that after 100 days of waiting, the first final after the restart saw the world’s top two do battle.
Peter Wright started the day very slowly, with a 6-5 win over Ron Meulenkamp, and then a 6-3 victory over Derk Telenkes.
A 6-3 win over James Wilson saw the world champion win his board, and then he never looked back. After going 2-0 down to Rob Cross, he won six straight legs to take the match. This saw him into a quarter final against Glen Durrant, with Snakebite winning 6-3 in a high quality affair.
He then went 7 darts into a nine dart finish in a fantastic semi final performance against Krzysztof Ratajski, which he won 7-3. Unfortunately for Snakebite, he just couldn’t quite get over the line against van Gerwen in the final.
What else happened?
It was a dramatic day of the PDC Summer Series, which saw loads of big names fall in the first round including:
- Daryl Gurney
- Nathan Aspinall
- Gary Anderson
- Joe Cullen
Adrian Lewis also fell in the first round to Eddie Lovely. This started the challenge tour player’s run to the last 16 of the event, beating Michael Smith in his board final.
Ian White fell in the second round, as did the number one seed Gerwyn Price, which means they could potentially have tough opening round matches tomorrow.
A run to the quarter final for Danny Noppert has seen him all but secure his place at the World Matchplay, and Gabriel Clemens’ semi final appearance means he’s in a good position to qualify too.
Ricky Evans has pushed Kim Huybrechts out of the Matchplay qualification places after his last 16 run, and he now occupies the final position.
A last 16 appearance by Darren Webster has also potentially put him back in the running to make the prestigious tournament.
- PDC Order of Merit. The top 16 players on this will be seeded for the World Matchplay.
- PDC Pro Tour of Merit. The top 16 players who aren’t already in the top 16 on the normal order of merit will qualify.
How can I follow day two of the Summer Series?
We’ll have day two, and the rest of the Summer Series, covered at Online Darts.
There will be a live blog from 11.30am giving you results and ranking changes as they happen.
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You can also watch the Summer Series live.
Day One Results
Michael van Gerwen 8-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Gabriel Clemens
Peter Wright 7-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Danny Noppert
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 6-3 Glen Durrant
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Danny Noppert 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Darren Webster
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Steve Beaton
Peter Wright 6-2 Rob Cross
Glen Durrant 6-5 Jason Lowe
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Eddie Lovely
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Ricky Evans
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Danny Noppert 6-5 Ross Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Callan Rydz
Jamie Hughes 6-4 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Darren Webster 6-4 Steve Brown
Steve Beaton 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Robert Collins
Peter Wright 6-3 James Wilson
Rob Cross 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Jason Lowe 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Glen Durrant 6-2 Benito van de Pas
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Ryan Searle
Eddie Lovely 6-4 Michael Smith
Ricky Evans 6-4 Richard North
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Steve West
Danny Noppert 6-2 Madars Razma
Ross Smith 6-5 Jose De Sousa
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 William Borland
Callan Rydz 6-5 Matthew Edgar
James Wade 6-1 Joe Murnan
Jamie Hughes 6-2 Jeff Smith
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Chris Dobey
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 James Hubbard
Steve Brown 6-4 Andy Boulton
Darren Webster 6-3 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Ian White
Steve Beaton 6-2 Arjan Konterman
Robert Collins 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Vincent Van der Meer
Peter Wright 6-4 Derk Telnekes
James Wilson 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
Rob Cross 6-1 Max Hopp
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Josh Payne
Jason Lowe 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Glen Durrant 6-0 Alan Tabern
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Justin Pipe
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Krzysztof Kciuk
Ryan Searle 6-1 Matthew Dennant
Michael Smith 6-5 Mervyn King
Eddie Lovely 6-3 Gavin Carlin
Ricky Evans 6-2 Niels Zonneveld
Richard North 6-4 Matt Clark
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Devon Petersen
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Wayne Jones
ROUND ONE RESULTS
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Jelle Klassen
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Geert Nentjes
Steve West 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Peter Jacques
Danny Noppert 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Madars Razma 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Mike De Decker
Ross Smith 6-0 Cameron Menzies
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Ciaran Teehan
Will Borland 6-1 Michael Barnard
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Keegan Brown
Callan Rydz 6-3 Ryan Joyce
James Wade 6-3 William O’Connor
Joe Murnan 6-2 Adam Hunt
Jamie Hughes 6-3 Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Jeff Smith 6-1 Jonathan Worsley
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Chris Dobey 6-5 Luke Humphries
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Conan Whitehead
James Hubbard 6-2 Carl Wilkinson
Andy Boulton 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Steve Brown 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Robert Thornton
Darren Webster 6-4 Ted Evetts
Ian White 6-2 Nathan Derry
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Jan Dekker
Steve Beaton 6-1 Kai Fan Leung
Arjan Konterman 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Adrian Gray
Robert Collins 6-3 Harald Leitinger
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Nick Kenny
Vincent van der Meer 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Peter Wright 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Derk Telnekes 6-4 Harry Ward
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Jitse Van der Wal
James Wilson 6-5 Gary Blades
Rob Cross 6-4 Boris Krcmar
Max Hopp 6-3 Bradley Brooks
Josh Payne 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Christian Bunse
Kirk Shepherd 6-5 Joe Cullen
Jason Lowe 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Andy Hamilton 6-2 Dimitri van den Bergh
Karel Sedlacek 6-1 Mike van Duivenbode
Glen Durrant 6-4 Steve Lennon
Alan Tabern 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Justin Pipe 6-5 Darren Penhall
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Scott Waites
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Simon Stevenson
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 John Henderson
Ryan Searle 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Matthew Dennant 6-3 Martin Schindler
Michael Smith 6-5 Ryan Murray
Mervyn King 6-0 Nathan Rafferty
Eddie Lovely 6-1 Adrian Lewis
Gavin Carlin 6-5 David Pallett
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Ricky Evans 6-5 Graham Usher
Matt Clark 6-2 Gary Anderson
Richard North 6-5 Scott Baker
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Devon Petersen 6-1 Barrie Bates
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Wayne Jones 6-3 Reece Robinson