Michael van Gerwen beat James Wade in thrilling style
Reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen maintained top spot
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 07/04/17 3:34pm
Michael van Gerwen produced a moment of magic to snatch victory against James Wade at Dublin's 3Arena on Thursday night.
The brilliant Dutchman lit up the Premier League once again with a scintillating 7-5 win over Wade in a game of the highest quality.
Wade led 4-2 early on after landing three 14-darters and a 13-dart leg, but saw Van Gerwen power ahead with a stunning four-leg burst, sparked by his second 12-darter of the contest, to secure a minimum of a draw at 6-4.
A 12-darter in reply from Wade forced a deciding leg, and the 2009 champion scored 140, 140 and 180 to leave 41 as he chased a draw - only to see Van Gerwen follow a 171 score with a stunning 138 finish to claim both points.
Van Gerwen ended the game with a seasons-best 113.62 average to Wade's impressive 110.82, and the World Champion said: "A good game comes from two players and James was phenomenal, and I want to give all credit to him.
"It was probably James' highest average in a long time, so I'm really glad I won it in the end. After I was 4-2 down I knew I had to do something extra if I was going to win the game, and I did that.
"Somehow I managed to do the 171 and the 138 when he was on 41 after nine darts. That takes a lot of capability, pressure and confidence to do that. I'm really glad I won this game and I needed it."
Click on the video at the top of the page to see Van Gerwen's fantastic finish to win the match and then see how the drama unfolded on the Emerald Isle, below.
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