Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen beats Raymond van Barneveld in Bournemouth
Michael van Gerwen produced his best darts to win his all-Dutch Premier League showdown with Raymond van Barneveld 7-3.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 28/02/13 11:32am
Both Dutchmen entered the contest unbeaten, but Premier League debutant van Gerwen had settled for two draws whilst Barney topped the table with two wins out of two.
It was the youngster who emerged with that unbeaten record intact though, as he averaged over 103 to claim his first ever Premier League win and a memorable one coming against the best Dutchman ever to play the game.
Van Gerwen had moved ahead a couple of times but was pegged back by Barney each time, including in the second leg when he nailed a bullseye to take out 86 for 1-1.
After 4-3 van Gerwen unleashed some of his very best darts - he almost hit back-to-back nine-darters in the World Championship but this time had to settle for back-to-back ten-darters to clinch a point.
Far from resting on that, van Gerwen took the very next leg to clinch a 7-3 victory which took him level with Barney on four points from three matches as they sit just behind league leader Phil Taylor.
"It's not about the big effort, it's about winning the game," van Gerwen told Sky Sports. "It feels good for me to beat Raymond in a big game like this. It's my first win in the Premier League and it means a lot to me.
"I always like to beat another Dutch guy and Raymond is the most famous Dutch darts player ever, but it's not just about beating him it's about winning the game.
"It's not even about the score, whether its 7-5 or 7-3 its two points in the pocket. I've got four points now and I'm doing well."
Andy Hamilton edged out Gary Anderson 7-5 in the final match of the night in Bournemouth, with Scotsman Anderson having a wretched evening on the doubles but still somehow taking the match all the way.
From 5-2 down Anderson somehow levelled it up at 5-5 despite still missing a flurry of doubles, but after his latest bout of jitters saw The Hammer secure a point, he again fluffed his line when going for a point to give Hamilton the win.