Glen Durrant - The Story So Far In The PDC

The 2020 Unibet Premier League kicked off tonight as the event started on Scottish territory at the P & J Live in Bucksburn, Aberdeen.

A group of the top elite in the world will battle to become the champion over 17 nights of action. After the first nine nights, the player who finishes bottom will be relegated and will take no further part. After the second phase the top four players will go through to the O2 in London, where only one can lift the trophy.

With the format being short and a possibility of a draw, it always sets up some exciting drama!

Each night in the first phase eight of the nine players will face each other and the ninth player will face one of the nine challengers. Tonight’s challenger will be local Scottish player John Henderson.

If players win their match they will get two points, draw one point and lose zero points. Challengers won’t score points but their opponents will.

The format in the first phase is the best of 12 legs (first to seven with a possibility of a 6-6 draw). What drama will we have in store on the first night?

Michael Smith v Glen Durrant

First match tonight was the recent Masters runner up Michael Smith taking on three times world champion and Premier League debutant Glen Durrant. Smith’s Masters ended in heartbreak, missing three darts for the title and Peter Wright hit double 8 to snatch it away from him. Glen Durrant however had a stunning debut year in the PDC, reaching three semi finals on the TV stage.

Will Smith begin his PL charge with a win? Or will Durrant score a dream victory on his debut? Or will the spoils be shared?

Leg 1

An impressive start from Michael Smith! He hits the first maximum of the new season and seals it with a slick 13 darter on tops. Smith 1-0 Durrant.

Leg 2

Smith misses the bullseye for an 89 finish to double his lead and Durrant mops up 56 on double 10 to level up. Smith 1-1 Durrant.

Leg 3

Smith misses another chance, this time a dart at tops for a 68 finish and Durrant calmly takes out 96 on double 18 for the first break of throw! Smith 1-2 Durrant.

Leg 4

Brilliant response from Smith as he instantly breaks back with an 11 darter, taking out 84 on double 12. Smith 2-2 Durrant.

Leg 5

Smith is unable to take out 108 and Durrant puts away tops for another break and a 13 darter of his own! Smith 2-3 Durrant.

Leg 6

Durrant puts home his first 180 to leave double 14 and the Smoggie takes out that very double for a two leg cushion! Smith 2-4 Durrant.

Leg 7

Smith begins the leg with his second maximum but then wastes more chances, missing double 8 and double 4 for a 64 finish and Durrant takes out 68 on double 12 to go three clear! Awesome recovery after the first dart went into the five! Smith 2-5 Durrant.

Leg 8

Smith gets back one of the breaks, taking out 74 on double 10 for a 14 darter! Smith 3-5 Durrant.

Leg 9

Durrant guarantees himself a point, the Smoggie takes out double 8 for a 13 darter and move within one of victory! Smith 3-6 Durrant.

Leg 10

Smith misses tops for a 106 finish and Durrant seals a dream debut on double 16 to score his first win in the Premier League!

Final score: Smith 3-7 Durrant.

Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

Next match up was the two time world champion Gary Anderson taking on former world grand prix champion Daryl Gurney. Gary had to withdraw from the Premier League last year due to a back injury but what a place to make your return! Can he make it a successful one on home soil? Or will Gurney spoil the party? Or will the spoils be shared?

Leg 1

Anderson first to a finish but he misses double 10 to take out 90, however he returns next visit to hit it with the last dart after Gurney fails on 116. Anderson 1-0 Gurney.

Leg 2

Gurney misses tops for a roof raising 160 finish but returns to hit double 10 last dart himself to level the match. Anderson 1-1 Gurney.

Leg 3

A mess up on 81 for Gary gives Gurney a chance but the Northern Irishman is unable to take out 105 and Anderson makes no mistake on double 18 to edge back infront! Anderson 2-1 Gurney.

Leg 4

Gurney levels the contest once more, taking out double 18 last dart for a 15 darter! Anderson 2-2 Gurney.

Leg 5

Another mess up from Anderson on 80 isn’t punished by Daryl Gurney and the Scot posts tops to edge ahead again! Anderson 3-2 Gurney.

Leg 6

Gurney hits the first maximum of the match and then takes out an ice cool 80 finish on double 10 after Anderson hit his first 180 to leave tops. Anderson 3-3 Gurney.

Leg 7

Anderson misses three darts at double 10 to go back infront and Gurney takes out 72 on double 6 for the first break in the match! Anderson 3-4 Gurney.

Leg 8

Gurney looks set to consolidate his break but then misses 6 darts at double to kill it off. Anderson misses double 8 and double 4 for a 64 finish to give Gurney another chance. Two misses at double 1 come and go for Gurney and Anderson makes no mistake on that very double to snatch the leg and break back! Anderson 4-4 Gurney.

Leg 9

Gurney hits his second 180 of the match, but despite missing the bull for a 121 finish, he splits 38 to take out double 16 and immediately go back infront! Anderson 4-5 Gurney.

Leg 10

Gurney misses tops on 120 to guarantee himself a point and Anderson nets double 8 to bring this match into a thrilling conclusion! Anderson 5-5 Gurney.

Leg 11

Stunning arrows from Anderson as he hits his second 180 to leave himself 66 and he takes it out on tops for a crisp 12 darter to secure himself at least a point! Anderson 6-5 Gurney.

Leg 12 (Final Leg)

Anderson begins the leg with a third maximum, then takes out the match in style with a 104 finish on double 12 and his return to the Premier League results in a victory! Back to back 12 darters to finish it. Nice!

Final score: Anderson 7-5 Gurney.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

Third match up was the reigning world number one Michael van Gerwen taking on reigning world champion Peter Wright. They clash in a repeat of the world final this year which Wright of course won by 7 sets to 3. Will it be a repeat for Wright? Or will it be revenge for Van Gerwen? Or will the spoils be shared?

Leg 1

Van Gerwen hits a 140 to leave himself handy on tops but cannot prevent Wright from breaking his throw after the world champion takes out 80 on double 10. Van Gerwen 0-1 Wright.

Leg 2

Van Gerwen hits his first 180 of the game then hits a 130 to leave double 18. But the world number one could only watch as Wright slams in a 120 finish on tops to double his lead. Van Gerwen 0-2 Wright.

Leg 3

Costly move from Wright as he misses tops and tens to go 3-0 ahead and he’s duly punished by Van Gerwen, who takes out a 106 finish on double 18 to pull a leg back. Van Gerwen 1-2 Wright.

Leg 4

Both players begin the leg with maximums, but then Wright misses four more darts at doubles and Van Gerwen levels up on double 4. Van Gerwen 2-2 Wright.

Leg 5

Wright puts in his second maximum but a miss at double 16 on 62 is once again punished by Van Gerwen, who rolls in a superb 120 checkout on tops to take the lead for the first time! Van Gerwen 3-2 Wright.

Leg 6

Van Gerwen begins the leg with his third maximum but it’s his turn to miss as he misses double 5 for an 87 finish and Wright takes out 58 on tops to stop the Dutchman’s charge. Van Gerwen 3-3 Wright.

Leg 7

Van Gerwen sets it up instead of hitting the bull for a 170 and he duly takes out double 16 for a 13 darter to go back infront! Van Gerwen 4-3 Wright.

Leg 8

Three maximums are hit in this leg (1 from Van Gerwen, 2 from Wright) but it’s the reigning world champion who picks out double 8 for a 13 darter of his own to level! Van Gerwen 4-4 Wright.

Leg 9

Superb stuff again from Van Gerwen as the world number one takes out 144 on double 12 to once again edge himself infront! Van Gerwen 5-4 Wright.

Leg 10

The world champion responds with a ton plus finish of his own! This time a 157 finish on tops to set this brilliant match into a thrilling conclusion! Van Gerwen 5-5 Wright.

Leg 11

Van Gerwen secures himself of at least a draw as he picks out double 9 to move within one of victory! Van Gerwen 6-5 Wright.

Leg 12 (Final Leg)

It’s revenge for Michael van Gerwen as he takes out 106 on tops (his fourth ton plus of the match) to take all two points in this cracking encounter! A return to form for the world number one after his loss to Jonny Clayton at the Masters.

Final score: Van Gerwen 7-5 Wright.

Nathan Aspinall v John Henderson

Fourth match of the night was the reigning UK Open and US Masters champion Nathan Aspinall taking on the first of our challengers this season, John Henderson. After a wonderful 2019 Aspinall makes his deserved debut in this competition! Will he begin it with a win? Or will Henderson secure a famous win at his hometown? Or will the spoils be shared?

Leg 1

Nervy start from both players and it shows when Aspinall pulls his tops attempt into the single 1 on 65. But the youngster returns to hit double 16 for first blood. Aspinall 1-0 Henderson.

Leg 2

Henderson immediately levels thanks to a 60 finish on tops. Aspinall 1-1 Henderson.

Leg 3

Henderson misses the bull to break with a 70 finish and Aspinall steps in on double 18 to go back in the lead. Aspinall 2-1 Henderson.

Leg 4

Henderson misses double 8 for a 94 finish but the Scot returns to hit double 4 after Aspinall missed two at double 16 for a 92 finish. Aspinall 2-2 Henderson.

Leg 5

Aspinall misses tops for a 78 finish but safely returns to pick out double 10 after Henderson goes nowhere near on 152. Aspinall 3-2 Henderson.

Leg 6

Aspinall misses double 6 for a 92 finish but returns to post it for the first break of the match. Aspinall 4-2 Henderson.

Leg 7

Both players put in their first 180’s but it’s Aspinall who takes out double 12 for a 13 dart kill! Aspinall 5-2 Henderson.

Leg 8

Henderson keeps himself in the game, taking out 56 on tops. Aspinall 5-3 Henderson.

Leg 9

Henderson hits his second maximum to leave 96 but could only watch and admire as Aspinall plucks out the big fish (a 170 checkout) to grab himself at least a point. It’s the first 170 of the tournament! Aspinall 6-3 Henderson.

Leg 10

Aspinall puts away his second 180 and then takes out double 12 to secure his first win in the Premier League. Disappointment for Henderson at his hometown!

Final score: Aspinall 7-3 Henderson.

Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross

Final match of the night was the reigning two time Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price taking on reigning World Matchplay and European champion Rob Cross. These two last met in the European Championship final in October which Rob won 11-6 and Price blamed ‘800 other opponents’ in defeat. Will Price get his own back? Will Cross triumph once again? Or will the spoils be shared?

Leg 1

Cross misses the treble 19 when taking out 143 and Price slots home 72 on tops for the first leg. Price 1-0 Cross.

Leg 2

Cross wisely opts not to go for bull on 124 with Price far back and the former world champion puts away double 16 to level. Price 1-1 Cross.

Leg 3

Cross misses double 16 for a 100 finish but returns to hit it after Price misses two at double 10 on 80. First break to Voltage! Price 1-2 Cross.

Leg 4

Price puts in the first maximum of the match then takes out tops to break back with ease! Price 2-2 Cross.

Leg 5

Cross nails his first maximum to leave 143 but once again misses the treble 19 and Price sinks double 18 to go back infront! Price 3-2 Cross.

Leg 6

Price hits his second maximum to leave 124 and the Iceman brilliantly takes it out on the bull to grab himself daylight in the match! Price 4-2 Cross.

Leg 7

Cross hits his second 180 of the match then makes a careless error in hitting treble 20 second dart instead of the single on 72. He returns for another crack but misses double 16 for it. Price has a chance on 100 but his effort for two double tops goes astray and Cross pins double 16 for a crucial break and to stop the rot! Price 4-3 Cross.

Leg 8

Costly from Price as he misses three darts at double to break and Cross steps in on double 10 to level the match once again! Price 4-4 Cross.

Leg 9

Cross misses the bull for the big fish, allowing Price a shot at 146. The Welshman agonisingly misses double 13 for it and Cross puts away tops to retake the lead! Price 4-5 Cross.

Leg 10

A point is guaranteed in style for Cross as he bags double 10 for a 100 finish and a 12 darter! Four on the spin for Voltage! Price 4-6 Cross.

Leg 11

Cross ploughs in his third 180 to leave 87 but then Price finds a beautiful 130 finish on double 5 to stay in this battle! Price 5-6 Cross.

Leg 12 (Final Leg)

Cross sets himself up nicely on double 18 for the match but Price coolly sinks tops for a 13 darter and secure the first draw of the 2020 Premier League.

Final score: Price 6-6 Cross.