Chris Dobey takes out 160 to see off Van Gerwen on dream Premier League debut
Premier League darts newcomer Chris Dobey took just one week to justify his selection by winning week one in Belfast, beating Michael van Gerwen in a final-leg decider.
Hollywood had been an outsider to land a spot in the annual darting roadshow just a week ago, but winning the Masters, which has become something of a qualifying event for the Premier League, thrust him right into contention.
Dobey was duly selected in the eight-player line-up alongside the world’s top four, plus Jonny Clayton, Nathan Aspinall and Dimitri Van den Bergh.
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The Geordie dispatched Peter Wright in the quarter-finals before edging past Aspinall in the semis. Reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen would have been most people’s tips to win the final but Dobey led the way for most of the contest.
At 5-5, the match went all the way to a last-leg decider for the five points and £10,000 prize for the winner on the night. With MVG on a finish, Dobey brilliantly took out 160 with treble 20, treble 20, double top.
Speaking straight after the winner, Dobey, who was smashed 5-0 by Van Gerwen in the last eight at the World Championship just a month ago, told Sky Sports: “I’ve been trying to stay calm all night. I knew I could come up here and win, confidence from the Masters. I knew I could do it on the big stage.
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“Once I know how to win, I think I can kick on from that. I just took that confidence from the win last week into tonight. I didn’t even expect to be in the Premier League but after that win in the Masters…
“I know how good I can be, it was just a case of taking my floor game onto TV. I’ve always played half-decent on TV, it’s just getting that consistency and I think I’m there.”
The Premier League continues in Cardiff next Thursday.
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