Gerwyn Price beats Chris Dobey to win Week Seven of Premier League Darts in Nottingham – after his opponent thrashes Michael Van Gerwen 6-0 in remarkable semi-final;watch Night Eight, in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm on Thursday March 23
Last Updated: 16/03/23 11:51pm
Gerwyn Price beat Chris Dobey 6-4 to win Night Seven of the Cazoo Premier League – after his opponent had ended Michael van Gerwen’s hopes of a fourth straight victory with a stunning 6-0 whitewash.
Price rallied from falling 2-0 down to Dobey in the final in Nottingham to move 3-2 ahead with successive ton-plus finishes and eventually closed out his win having missed five match darts in the ninth leg.
The Welshman’s nightly win, in which he also beat Jonny Clayton and Dimitri Van den Bergh, was his second of the season, after Cardiff in Week Two, and lifted him to second in the table behind Van Gerwen.
Premier League Darts – Night Seven results
|Quarter-finals||Dimitri Van den Bergh||6-4||Nathan Aspinall|
|Jonny Clayton||4-6||Gerwyn Price|
|Chris Dobey||6-4||Michael Smith|
|Michael van Gerwen||6-1||Peter Wright|
|Semi-finals||Dimitri Van den Bergh||4-6||Gerwyn Price|
|Michael van Gerwen||0-6||Chris Dobey|
|Final||Gerwyn Price||6-4||Chris Dobey|
But Dobey produced the performance of the evening, inflicting the first Premier League sweep of Van Gerwen’s career as the Dutchman’s bid to follow his successes in Dublin, Exeter and Liverpool were dashed during a remarkable semi-final.
Dobey had led Michael Smith 5-0 in his quarter-final only for the reigning world champion to fight back to 5-4 before ‘Hollywood’ triumphed with a break of throw on the bull.
There would be no comeback from Van Gerwen in a match in which Dobey started and ended with three-figure finishes as he snapped his opponent’s 10-game winning streak.
Dobey was unable to land his second nightly victory of the campaign, after Belfast in Week One, but will head to his native North East for next week’s round in Newcastle full of confidence having ended a run of five consecutive quarter-final defeats.
The quarter-finals for next week’s leg are determined by the current standings – and, as it turns out, will be an exact repeat of the fixtures in Nottingham, with runaway league leader van Gerwen facing rock-bottom Peter Wright and sixth-placed Dobey taking on third-placed Smith
The other first-round fixtures see Week Seven kingpin Price versus fellow Welshman Clayton once more and fifth-placed Van den Bergh up against fourth-placed Nathan Aspinall.
Live Premier League Darts
March 23, 2023, 7:00pm
2023 Premier League Darts schedule
|Night 8||Utilita Arena, Newcastle||March 23|
|Night 9||Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin||March 30|
|Night 10||Utilita Arena, Birmingham||April 6|
|Night 11||M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool||April 13|
|Night 12||Rotterdam Ahoy||April 20|
|Night 13||First Direct Arena, Leeds||April 27|
|Night 14||AO Arena, Manchester||May 4|
|Night 15||Utilita Arena, Sheffield||May 11|
|Night 16||P&J Live, Aberdeen||May 18|
|Play-Offs||The O2, London||May 25|
Price’s night in Nottingham featured a trio of 6-4 wins, firstly over compatriot Clayton in his quarter-final, then Van den Bergh in the last four and finally Dobey.
Van Gerwen has begun his evening in ruthless fashion, dismantling an out-of-sorts Wright 6-1 as his opponent suffered a quarter-final exit for the sixth week in seven – Wright’s only success so far this season was a 6-5 win over Price in Liverpool.
The night had started with Van den Bergh winning his 10th consecutive game against Aspinall – but ‘The Asp’ will get the chance to snap that unwanted run in Newcastle next Thursday as the league stage reaches the halfway point.
Van Gerwen holds a nine-point advantage over Price at the summit and looks nailed-on to qualify for the last four, although it will be interesting to see how he rebounds from his demolition at the hands of Dobey.
Watch Premier League Darts – Night Eight, from Newcastle, live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm on Thursday March 23.