The second night of the 2020 Premier League commenced tonight as the players travelled to the East Midlands for yet another Premier League battle at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham in the Lace Market district of Nottingham.

Nottingham (nicknamed The Queen Of The Midlands) is home to Trent Bridge cricket ground, football clubs Nottingham Forest and Notts County and it is also home to Robin Hood, the heroic bow and arrowed outlaw who stole money from the rich and gave it to the poor.

However there will be no bows needed here as the 9 Premier League players take to the oche for night two of the 2020 event. Previously in Aberdeen last week it was Durrant, Anderson, Van Gerwen and Aspinall who took home wins with Price and Cross scoring the only draw. So for some it is time to get a move on and for others it is time to bag some more crucial points in order not to get eliminated on judgement night.

The challenger tonight is the 25 year old from Milton Keynes and the first woman to beat a man (two men) at the World Championship, Fallon Sherrock. Sherrock’s superb run to the third round of the world championship made herself a name in darting history, defeating Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic before losing to Chris Dobey in a close contest. However her run gained her huge popularity and despite not getting a tour card in Q-School, she won the Riley’s Wolverhampton qualifier to qualify for the 2020 UK Open. So the last few weeks have been the best of her young career.

Tonight she faced Glen Durrant in her challenge match. Could the ‘Queen Of The Palace’ pull off yet another historic night?

Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall

First match of the night was the reigning World Matchplay and European champion Rob Cross taking on the reigning UK Open and US Masters champion Nathan Aspinall. It’s a rematch of the UK Open final last year, where Aspinall won 11-5. Could Aspinall score another win and continue his fabulous form after his superb victory in PC2? Will Cross make amends after dropping a point against Gerwyn Price last week in Aberdeen? Or will the spoils be shared?

Leg 1

Aspinall has the first chance but he misses the bull for a 121 finish and Cross’ superb 137 setup gives him a deserved chance at double 11. He misses the target but he then hits 3 to leave double 4 and the former world champion slots it home for first blood! Cross 1-0 Aspinall.

Leg 2

Aspinall rolls in the first maximum of the evening and leaves 110 after 15 darts. He misses double 16 for it but returns to hit double 8 last dart in the next visit after Cross missed two at double 16 to break. Cross 1-1 Aspinall.

Leg 3

A superb 13 darter on double 16 gives Aspinall the first break of this contest! Cross 1-2 Aspinall.

Leg 4

Cross puts away his first maximum of the match then picks out double 18 for a 13 darter of his own to break straight back! Cross 2-2 Aspinall.

Leg 5

Aspinall misses double 16 for a 108 finish and Cross steps in with double 18 to put himself back in front. Cross 3-2 Aspinall.

Leg 6

Both players put in 180’s but it’s Aspinall who makes it level, taking out 84 on double 8 for a crisp 12 dart hold. Cross 3-3 Aspinall.

Leg 7

Cross is unable to take out 148 and Aspinall breaks throw again after picking out double 6. Cross 3-4 Aspinall.

Leg 8

Cross breaks back in style, taking out double 18 for a smooth 116 finish. Cross 4-4 Aspinall.

Leg 9

Sluggish leg from both players but Cross goes back ahead thanks to double 8! Cross 5-4 Aspinall.

Leg 10

Aspinall sets up double 14 from 164 and the Asp makes no mistake in taking it out. Cross 5-5 Aspinall.

Leg 11

Cross puts in his third maximum and then has plenty of time to set up double 16. He misses with all three first visit, misses with the first two in the second but eventually sinks it with a beautiful last dart to guarantee himself a point! Cross 6-5 Aspinall.

Leg 12 (Final Leg)

Victory for Cross! He seals his first Premier League win of the season by taking out a 112 finish on double 16 for a 12 dart flourish!

Final Score: Cross 7-5 Aspinall

Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith

Second match in Nottingham was the reigning back to back Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price taking on Michael Smith. Both players went winless at Aberdeen after Price drew with Cross and Smith lost heavily to Glen Durrant. Could either player secure their first Premier League win of the season? Or will the points be shared?

Leg 1

Smith puts in the first maximum of the match but it’s Price who has first chance on 130, but the Welshman misses the bull for it. Smith misses two at double 12 for the early break and Price punishes his wasteful misses on double 12. Price 1-0 Smith.

Leg 2

Smith puts in his second maximum in as many legs to leave 67 and the St Helens thrower duly takes it out on tops to level. Price 1-1 Smith.

Leg 3

Smith kicks off the third leg with back to back 180’s to give himself a chance at the 9 darter. He hits treble 20 but fails with the treble 19. However he returns to hit double 4 for a 10 dart break! Price 1-2 Smith.

Leg 4

Smith continues his superb form with a brilliant 140 checkout on double 10 to go two clear of Price. Price 1-3 Smith.

Leg 5

Price hits the treble 5 when taking out 120 but nothing to panic at he slots in double 10 to stop the Smith charge. Price 2-3 Smith.

Leg 6

Smith puts in his fifth maximum then takes out double 18 for another 10 darter! Price 2-4 Smith.

Leg 7

Price finally gets his first maximum of the game but trouble on the doubles lures for him as he misses tops for an 82 finish, then hits 15 when going for double 10 and finally busts by missing the big fat one. Smith finally lands double 3 with the last dart for a three leg cushion and a huge blow to Price chances! Price 2-5 Smith.

Leg 8

Smith posts home double 10 for a 15 darter and grab himself his first point of the 2020 season. Price 2-6 Smith.

Leg 9

Maximum number two is there for Price and the Iceman takes out 50 on tops to keep his chances of a draw alive. Price 3-6 Smith.

Leg 10

Price misses double 12,6 and 3 to stay in it but then gets a massive reprieve after Smith misses two match darts at double 10. Price puts away double 1 under pressure to keep the match alive. Price 4-6 Smith.

Leg 11

Price begins the leg with his third maximum, then makes a slight mess of things on the finishing but eventually pins double 10 to make Smith throw for the match! Price 5-6 Smith.

Leg 12 (Final Leg)

Smith’s huge scoring deserts him in the decider but still manages to leave double 15 after 15 darts. However he doesn’t get a sniff as Price takes out 58 on tops to somehow grab himself a draw from 6-2 down and leave Smith pondering on how he let go of a point! Astonishing!

Final Score: Price 6-6 Smith

Gary Anderson v Peter Wright

The third match of the night was an all Scottish match between Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. The two met in the semi finals at the Masters not long ago where Wright won 11-7! Could Wright come out on top again? Will Anderson have his revenge? Or will the points be shared?

Leg 1

A nervy opener from both players to start but it’s Anderson who takes first blood thanks to double top. Anderson 1-0 Wright.

Leg 2

Wright puts in the first maximum of the game and the world champion levels up with a 78 finish on tops with Anderson left on double 12 to break. Anderson 1-1 Wright.

Leg 3

Anderson begins the leg with his first maximum, then misses tops and tens for a 60 finish. However the two time world champion returns to hit the later after Wright missed tops for a 160 piledriver. Anderson 2-1 Wright.

Leg 4

Three maximums are hit combined from both players but it’s Wright who takes out an unorthdox 58 (Treble 18, Double 2) to level once more. Anderson 2-2 Wright.

Leg 5

Both players trade 180’s but it’s Anderson who blinks after he misses tops and tens and the reigning world champion Wright takes out 45 on tops for the first break. Anderson 2-3 Wright.

Leg 6

A fifth maximum comes for Wright at the start of the sixth but misses four darts at doubles before putting away double 4 with the last dart to go two clear of Anderson. Anderson 2-4 Wright.

Leg 7

Anderson misses the bull for a 161 finish, then misses double 8 and double 4, but he puts away double 2 for an important hold. Anderson 3-4 Wright.

Leg 8

Wright misses two darts at double 16 to go 5-3 ahead and Anderson sinks 70 on tops to break back and level. Anderson 4-4 Wright.

Leg 9

Anderson retakes the lead for the first time since the third leg after taking out 64 on double 16. Anderson 5-4 Wright.

Leg 10

Wright makes a meal in taking out 87 but returns to take out 60 on tops after Anderson misses double 16 and double 8 to confirm himself a point. Anderson 5-5 Wright.

Leg 11

The crucial 11th leg goes Anderson’s way as he picks out tops to guarantee himself at least a point. Anderson 6-5 Wright.

Leg 12 (Final Leg)

Both players put in maximums in the decider but the reigning world champion Peter Wright salvages himself a draw after taking out 101 on double 16.

Final Score: Anderson 6-6 Wright

Glen Durrant v Fallon Sherrock

The fourth match of the night was the three time BDO world champion Glen Durrant against the ‘Queen Of The Palace’ Fallon Sherrock. Sherrock has had the time of her life after her run at Ally Pally in December. Could Fallon record another piece of darting history? Will Glen spoil the party? Or will Glen grab a point?

Leg 1

Durrant hits the first 180 of the match then misses double 16 for a 112 finish, however he returns to hit it second dart for first blood. Durrant 1-0 Sherrock.

Leg 2

Sherrock leaves tops after 12 and she duly takes it second dart for a 14 dart hold. Durrant 1-1 Sherrock.

Leg 3

Durrant misses double 16 for a 72 finish but returns to hit double 8 to edge back infront. Durrant 2-1 Sherrock.

Leg 4

Sherrock hits a superb 168 to leave double 8 and she pins it last dart to level the match again. Durrant 2-2 Sherrock.

Leg 5

Durrant once again edges back infront thanks to a 68 checkout on double 4. Durrant 3-2 Sherrock.

Leg 6

Durrant misses double 10 and double 5 to break and gets another chance after Sherrock misses double 18 and double 9 to level. Durrant misses double 5 then double 1 for the break and Sherrock slams in double 9 to once again level. Durrant 3-3 Sherrock.

Leg 7

Superb stuff from Sherrock as she puts away a 92 finish on double 18 for a 12 darter and to break throw! Durrant 3-4 Sherrock.

Leg 8

Durrant throws away three darts at tops to break back and Sherrock tucks away 60 on the same bed to make it three on the spin! Durrant 3-5 Sherrock.

Leg 9

Durrant rolls in his second maximum, then takes out double 16 for a very important hold and stop Sherrock’s run. Durrant 4-5 Sherrock.

Leg 10

Durrant misses three more darts (this time at double 16) to break back and Sherrock takes out 46 on double 18 to at least draw the match. Durrant 4-6 Sherrock.

Leg 11

Durrant takes out 54 on double 10 to set this match into a potentially historical decider. Durrant 5-6 Sherrock.

Leg 12 (Final Leg)

Sherrock has a chance at 106 to create another piece of history, but the treble 18 is missed and Durrant shows a lot of bottle to take out 70 on double 16 for a much relieved draw against a hostile crowd. Not to be for Fallon but she’s done herself proud once again!

Final Score: Durrant 6-6 Sherrock

Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen

The final match of the night was between Daryl Gurney and the world number one Michael van Gerwen. Gurney was Van Gerwen’s bogey player at this event last year, winning twice in the league phase. Could the Northern Irishman once again continue the trait? Will Van Gerwen once again come out on top? Or will the points be shared?

Leg 1

Van Gerwen gets on the gas early, leaving 28 after 12 and he takes it out first dart for an immediate break! Gurney 0-1 Van Gerwen.

Leg 2

Gurney messes up on the finishing, missing double 8 and double 4 for the break back and Van Gerwen punishes him with a 104 finish on double 16 to double his lead. Gurney 0-2 Van Gerwen.

Leg 3

The world number one trebles his lead after hitting double 16 for a 14 darter. Gurney 0-3 Van Gerwen.

Leg 4

Gurney hits the first maximum of the game and leaves 40 after 12 darts. Sadly for him Van Gerwen is waiting on double 18 and he picks it out first dart for another 13 dart kill. Gurney 0-4 Van Gerwen.

Leg 5

Van Gerwen misses two at double 16, but next visit makes no mistake and puts himself in firm command. Gurney 0-5 Van Gerwen.

Leg 6

Van Gerwen puts in his first 180 of the match then takes out 72 on double 16 to go within one of the whitewash and grab himself a point. Gurney 0-6 Van Gerwen.

Leg 7

Gurney survives the whitewash as he puts away double 6 last dart to finally get on the board. Gurney 1-6 Van Gerwen.

Leg 8

Van Gerwen sets himself up on double 16 after 12 and once again hits it first dart for a third 13 darter and make it two wins out of two in the Premier League for 2020!

Final Score: Gurney 1-7 Van Gerwen