Michael van Gerwen says he is confident he can hit a perfect leg in this year’s Premier League as his 100 per cent start continued in Dublin on Thursday.
The Dutchman, ranked world number one, was in imperious form yet again as he dismantled 2018 World Champion Rob Cross as he thrashed his opponent 7-2 to record his third straight win in the competition (Van Gerwen – To win Premier League outright 4/9).
He had initially threatened to whitewash Cross after going 6-0 up, but Cross won the next two legs to blot the copybook slightly for the 29-year-old.
However, he went on to win the game easily to go two points clear of Daryl Gurney in second.
Van Gerwen hit a nine-darter in the non-televised Players’ Championship match against Jamie Hughes last weekend and says he is ready to repeat the feat in the Premier League (Nine-darter to be hit in this year’s Premier League – EVS).
“I think I’m going to hit one in this Premier League,” he said. “I love to play in front of crowds like this. Here in Dublin, they’ve been phenomenal. Everywhere I come, if they support me, I like to perform.
“That drives me, that gives me motivation for the rest of the season. The only thing you can be is a happy man.”
Van Gerwen’s perfectionist personality came to light post-match as well, saying he should have beaten Cross 7-0.
“When you have a chance to beat someone 7-0, you should take it,” he said. “It didn’t happen for me today but it’s one of those things. Rob wasn’t playing his best performance so far in the Premier League but on the other hand I can’t really complain.
“You need to have a ruthless mentality, otherwise you can’t be in the position I’m in at the moment. You need to be ruthless with everyone and it’s a one-man game. You need to perform as good as you can and I’m trying all the time. I try to get better all the time.”
He plays James Wade in Exeter next Thursday, a repeat of February’s Master final where MvG scooped his fifth straight win in that competition (Van Gerwen 3/10, Wade 6/1, draw 11/2).
Odds subject to change.