Nightmare deciding leg sees Van Gerwen fall apart spraying darts everywhere

Michael van Gerwen had a darting nightmare in a vital deciding leg against Nathan Aspinall on Thursday – not even getting to a finish with 18 darts as his Premier League evening came to an end.

The three-time champion of the world had been tipped to go all the way by Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle, but had to bounce back from 4-1 down in the race to six legs.

Having done just that to level up at 5-5, Van Gerwen had the darts in the final leg but hit scores of 57, 30, 32, 55, before an improved 95 and 60 – with Aspinall progressing.

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Speaking on Sky Sports commentary, Dan Dawson said: "Michael van Gerwen continues to spray them all over the place! All over the place!"

With former BDO World Champion Mark Webster saying: "Throwing for the match, nine darts – and Michael van Gerwen has scored 119. Aspinall is in complete control again.

"Done all the hard work to recover the situation to throw in the deciding leg and it's just unravelled. Aspinall has got time and plenty of it."

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One astounded fan wrote on Twitter: "174 scored from MvGs 1st 12 darts in the deciding leg, ON THE THROW."

Another joked: "MVG looked like me on Monday night." A third agreed: "MVG had a meltdown in the last leg…pressure."

A fourth said: "Swear I've scored higher than some of those MVG darts in the last leg."

A fifth posted: "MVG played a decent game but a shocking last leg."

With the eight-man format comprising of a knockout tournament on each night, Chris Dobey won the first of the year with Gerwyn Price taking the second last time out.

With Aspinall losing to Dimitri Van den Bergh in the semi-final, Michael Smith beat Johnny Clayton in the other to book a final in Glasgow.


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