2021 Premier League Darts: Jose de Sousa fired a nine-arrow shot; Michael van Gerwen beaten by James Wade, Dimitri Van den Bergh at the top of the table Darts News









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Jose de Sousa hits the other nine darts in two days in Premier League darts against Nathan Aspinall.

Jose de Sousa hits the other nine darts in two days in Premier League darts against Nathan Aspinall.

Jose de Sousa fired the second nine of the Premier League in the same number of nights on the way to a draw with Nathan Aspinall, because he also equaled the record from the 180s in a Premier League match.

The Portuguese pitcher, nicknamed Special, watched Jonny Clayton score the perfect leg against him on Wednesday – but was inspired by the stunning display of goals against last season’s runner-up.

De Sousa scored a feat when he leveled the match 1-1 before continuing to fire for a total of 11 maximum 180s, which equals Gary Andersons ’2011 record. But, thanks to him, Aspinall stayed in the match and earned a point after De Sousa missed the arrow for the match.

At the top of the table, despite a draw against Peter Wright, Dimitri Van den Bergh got rid of Michael van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton who both threw points in defeats by James Wade and Rob Cross.

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The best action from the Night 3 of the Premier League darts in the Marshall Arena.

The best action from the Night 3 of the Premier League darts in the Marshall Arena.

Premier League Darts: Results of Night Four

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-6 Peter Wright
Jonny Clayton 3-7 Rob Cross
Jose de Sousa 6-6 Nathan Aspinall
James Wade 7-3 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 7-2 Glen Durrant

De Sousa achieves perfection, but Asp gathers a draw

Jose de Sousa was forced to settle for a point against Nathan Aspinall despite firing the 12th goal with nine darts in Premier League history and equaling the tournament record for the 180s.

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Jose de Sousa thought it was unbelievable to get nine scorers and break the 180s record in a set with 11, but he still ended in a draw against Nathan Aspinall.

Jose de Sousa thought it was unbelievable to get nine scorers and break the 180s record in a set with 11, but he still ended in a draw against Nathan Aspinall.

Twenty-four hours after entering a whirlwind in Clayton, De Sousa dropped his perfect leg in the middle of a series of huge points, but The Asp was solid and managed to catch a point in an exciting competition.

Aspinall won the opener because De Sousa shot for two 180s before knocking down the score, but already in the next section he mirrored the 180 feat and added the traditional 141 finish to double 12 to seal his nine-darts moment of glory.

The pair changed the next four legs, De Sousa averaged 108, and the eighth broke through for the first two legs of the competition advantage.

The doubling crept into the game of both as Aspinall reduced the deficit to equalize the competition.

De Sousa fired 11th with 180, to equal Anderson’s maximum record, securing a point in the process, only to miss an arrow on the match cushion to allow Aspinall to seek a share of the spoils.

De Sousa, despite his heroism, was left without a win in his debut season, but his memorable moment in Night Four will ensure the memory of his first Premier League.

Premier League – Nine-Dart ends

Year Match Venue
2006 Raymond van Barneveld vs Peter Manley BIC, Bournemouth
2010 Raymond van Barneveld vs Terry Jenkins AECC, Aberdeen
2010 Phil Taylor x2 vs James Wade Wembley Arena – final
2012 Phil Taylor vs Kevin Painter AECC, Aberdeen
2012 Simon Whitlock v. Andy Hamilton O2, London – semifinals
2016 Adrian Lewis v. James Wade SSE Arena, Belfast
2017 Adrian Lewis v. Raymond van Barneveld Echo Arena, Liverpool
2020 Michael Smith vs Daryl Gurney 3Arena, Dublin
2020 Peter Wright v. Daryl Gurney Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
2021 Jonny Clayton vs Jose de Sousa Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
2021 Jose de Sousa vs Nathan Aspinall Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Hit the dishes with a Van Gerwen hammer

James Wade finally stirred to life after his late call to the field, pointing out 7-3 hammers Michael van Gerwen in a premium display showing three and more than 100 finishes by The Machine.

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James Wade hits three tons plus, to defeat Michael van Gerwen in Premier League darts.

James Wade hits three tons plus, to defeat Michael van Gerwen in Premier League darts.

After a draw at the opening, 2009 champions Wade suffered defeats from Rob Cross and Nathan Aspinall to slowly begin their return to the Premier League. However, he took full advantage of a kind of Van Gerwen.

The Dutchman, the five-time champion of this tournament, seems to be returning with his best wins over Peter Wright and Cross, but missed eight crucial double arrows and averaged just over 90 in his first defeat this week.

Wade set the tone for the opener, knocking out 120 for an early lead and while Van Gerwen equalized, The Machine opened an early 3-1 lead,

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James Wade felt he had beaten Michael Van Gerwen in the Premier League in darts.

James Wade felt he had beaten Michael Van Gerwen in the Premier League in darts.

Both legs came after MvG missed the arrows twice, and his troubles continued in the fourth when he missed two more on the outer ring and Wade pounced on the three-legged pillow.

The 110 finish stopped Van Gerwen’s rot, but Wade took 121 even better to take a 5-2 lead, and two feet later secure his 15-foot kick that ended with a brilliant 135 check-outs.

Wade missed an arrow at the top to win, but Van Gerwen could not punish him with a missed arrow on the bullseye which allowed Wade to end a one-sided victory.

Wright struggles to deny Dimitri

Dimitri Van den Bergh i Peter Wright they shared a house during the first months of the first lock last year and 12 months shared points and 12 maximum 180s at the start of the high class at Night Four.

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Peter Wright and Dimitri Van den Burgh were pleased with the points division after a great match between the pair.

Peter Wright and Dimitri Van den Burgh were pleased with the points division after a great match between the pair.

Van den Bergh was the dominant player the whole time, but Snakebite fought bravely, saving a point when he won 12 arrow-pointing matches in the final.

Van den Bergh stayed with Wright and his wife after travel restrictions prevented him from returning to Belgium last March, but there was no room for sentiment already when The Dreammaker took a 3-1 lead.

The 180s barrage was followed by finishes 110 and 160 to overcome the starting legs. Wright fought back with a dazzling 121 for his own break, before Van den Bergh re-established a two-legged advantage.

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Dimitri Van den Bergh hits 160 against Peter Wright in the Premier League in darts.

Dimitri Van den Bergh hits 160 against Peter Wright in the Premier League in darts.

However, he opened the door for Wright’s comeback when he missed an arrow for 5-2, and Snakebite snorted his leg before equalizing the competition with four legs per piece.

The final four games were split as Wright battled to the point, but Van den Bergh will attribute great credit to the final night of the opening week as he remains undefeated in his debut Premier League.

Premier League Darts: Schedule five games

Gary Anderson vs Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright v. Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen and Nathan Aspinall
James Wade v. Glen Durrant
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Jose de Sousa

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Clayton voltage stops charging

Rob Cross brought the hero with nine arrows Jonny Clayton returned to the ground and continued his own return to form, rebounding defeat to Michael van Gerwen on Wednesday with a 7-3 win in which Ferret was defeated for the first time this week.

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Rob Cross defeats Jonny Clayton 7-3 and breaks the Welsh undefeated in the Premier Darts League.

Rob Cross defeats Jonny Clayton 7-3 and breaks the Welsh undefeated in Premier Darts.

Clayton has amazed the last eight months with World Cup and The Masters victories, while he achieved perfection on Wednesday night against Jose De Sousa.

However – by beating his last three legs in nine, 11 and 12 darts to beat The Special One – Clayton was out of every kind as he missed seven of his first eight darts in a double position in the opening four legs.

Clayton intervened in life and tied at 3-3 with what has now become a trademark as he shot into the back-to-back legs of 14 arrows to threaten a comeback.

But this time he didn’t have to be a Welshman, he only won one more leg while Cross cruised to the finish line.

Confidence flowed for Cross, who missed his own double but surprisingly dropped to the finish line – beating four legs in a rebound – with a clinical peak of 89 finals as he tied the score with Clayton in the table.

Anderson piled up pain for Duzz

Defender of the champion Glen Durrant suffered his fourth consecutive defeat as a double winner Gary Anderson returned to winning ways with a convincing 7-2 success in the evening final.

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Glen Durrant scored 108 relegations against Gary Anderson in the Premier Darts League.

Glen Durrant scored 108 relegations against Gary Anderson in the Premier Darts League.

Durrant scored by Dimitri Van den Bergh in Night Three, but the three-time BDO world champion avoided a rematch by comfortably keeping the throw in the other leg.

‘Duzza’ provided insight into quality, including a posh combination of 108 in the sixth step to reduce the deficit to 4-2, but Anderson responded in a timely manner by tracking 180, killing 67 bullets to return his three-legged tampon.

The Scottish goal was simply too strong for Teesider, and he avenged last year’s semi-final defeat by Durrant by rounding out a comprehensive victory with 97 averages and four highs.

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