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Summary

  1. Final result: Wright 10-11 Van Gerwen
  2. Wright misses six darts to win match
  3. Semi-final result: Wright 10-9 Taylor
  4. Semi-final result: Van Gerwen 10-7 Anderson
  5. Get involved #bbcdarts

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By Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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Van Gerwen wins Premier League

Result: Peter Wright 10-11 Michael van Gerwen

So there we have it, Michael van Gerwen continues his dominance of darts with his third major title of 2017.

Those six missed doubles to win the title will haunt Peter Wright I'm sure, but he has too much talent not to add to his UK Open crown.

Thanks for joining myself and Jay Freeman this evening.

Until next time, goodbye

'I can't believe I missed those doubles'

Result: Peter Wright 10-11 Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright tells Sky Sports:

"I've got to learn, go back to the practice board and get him next time.

"What I've learnt over the years playing Michael, I used to rush it, but I've learnt play your own rhythm.

"I can't believe I missed that many darts at a double, but fair play to the champion."

'It was a crazy game'

Result: Peter Wright 10-11 Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen tells Sky Sports:

"I think it was a great final. I had a great comeback, but then he missed six darts for the match. I don't know how he did, but who cares, a win is a win.

"This was a really crazy game, we know sooner or later Peter will win a really big title, he didn't do himself any favours today. I kept myself cool and relaxed.

"It was a really great moment for me. I feel fantastic."

I really thought Peter Wright had it there. He's usually so good on double eight, but that's what pressure can do. The six missed darts for the match were such a mixed bag.

He'll still receive a cheque for £120,000 - so not a bad night's work. Still heartbreaking for the Scot though.

BreakingMICHAEL VAN GERWEN WINS THE PREMIER LEAGUE

Result: Peter Wright 10-11 Michael van Gerwen

He's done it! MVG picks up his third Premier League title finishing double four.

But you've got to feel for Peter Wright, he missed six match darts in the previous leg and looked completely broken in that last leg.

Van Gerwen champion
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*Peter Wright 10-10 Michael van Gerwen

Absolute agony for Peter Wright.

He misses SIX DARTS for the title on double eight. Outside, inside the wire.

Van Gerwen punishes him by finishing double 10.

And we're down to the final leg.

Peter Wright 10-9 Michael van Gerwen*

One away! Peter Wright closes out the leg on 96 at the first time of asking.

Can he do it? Don't forget he'll have the throw if it comes down to a final leg.

*Peter Wright 9-9 Michael van Gerwen

Level again. MVG doesn't muck around on double 10 and it comes down to three legs.

No matter what happens, this will be the closest Premier League final of all time.

Peter Wright 9-8 Michael van Gerwen*

MASSIVE for Peter Wright.

The pair trade 180s, but Wright pins double 11 to move two away from the title.

Is this going all the way? If it goes to 10-10, Snakebite will have the darts.

*Peter Wright 8-8 Michael van Gerwen

All square. MVG is on absolute fire.

After landing his sixth 180, he finishes 94 on double top in two darts.

It's the Van Gerwen surge we expected.

Snakebite wobbling

Peter Wright 8-7 Michael van Gerwen*

180, 42, 180 from Van Gerwen and then double top to finish and we're back on throw.

Peter Wright had a chance on double 12 but missed.

Snakebite is wobbling.

*Peter Wright 8-6 Michael van Gerwen

MVG makes if four-all in the 180 stakes but then messes around on his doubles.

He eventually lands double 4 and it's a two-leg game.

The great Dutchman has won four of the last five legs.

Peter Wright 8-5 Michael van Gerwen*

Peter Wright needed that.

After missing a couple of doubles, he returns to pin double 8 with Van Gerwen also lurking on 16.

Three more legs needed for the biggest title of his 47 years.

*Peter Wright 7-5 Michael van Gerwen

Van Gerwen is motoring now.

The world number one lands his third maximum and finishes 86 on double 16.

No smiles from the Dutchman. He looks angry.

Break of throw for Van Gerwen

Peter Wright 7-4 Michael van Gerwen*

Is the comeback on?

MVG still hasn't found his scoring power, but his finishing is just about okay.

67 in two darts for the big Dutchman to break Wright's throw.

*Peter Wright 7-3 Michael van Gerwen

They're back out after a short break. Wright to throw...

*Peter Wright 7-3 Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright was getting a bit of lip from the crowd during his semi-final win over Phil Taylor.

But they're behind Snakebite now. He looks bouncy and full of life up there. Getting over the line is his next hurdle.

Peter Wright
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*Peter Wright 7-3 Michael van Gerwen

Blimey how Michael Van Gerwen needed that leg before the break.

The Dutchman is in deep trouble, but keeps his cool to finish 65 on double top.

Can Wright keep his composure for his biggest-ever title?

Peter Wright 7-2 Michael van Gerwen*

Absolutely magical darts for Snakebite.

A 177 leaves him on 20 which he finishes at the second time of asking.

Wright only needs four legs to be Premier League champion. Wow.

Wright breaks back

*Peter Wright 6-2 Michael van Gerwen

This is superb from Peter Wright.

The Scot fires in his third max to leave 41 after nine darts and finishes on double 16 for an 11-darter.

There's almost a stunned silence at a packed out London O2 Arena.

O2 Arena
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Peter Wright 5-2 Michael van Gerwen*

Better from MVG. The Dutchman powers in his second 180 and then finishes 80 on double 10.

But Wright could have been 6-1 up as he misses double 16 for a 112 checkout.

Huge break of throw for Van Gerwen.

Wright stretches his lead

*Peter Wright 5-1 Michael van Gerwen

Missed doubles are costing Michael van Gerwen here. The world number one misses two at double 16 and Peter Wright takes out a tricky double seven for a four-leg advantage.

Mike is in trouble here.

Peter Wright 4-1 Michael van Gerwen*

Peter Wright is cool as a cucumber on the doubles.

The mohawked Scot pins double eight, middle of the bed, to go 4-1 up.

Slightly worrying times for MVG.

*Peter Wright 3-1 Michael van Gerwen

MVG puts his first leg on the board with double eight.

This final is yet to catch fire scoring wise, but it's surely only a matter of time.

Russ Bray is on the mic - ONE HUNNNNNNNNNDREEEEEEEEED AND EIIIIIIIIIIIGHTY is only a matter of time folks.

Peter Wright 3-0 Michael van Gerwen*

Three zip! Crazy scenes.

Peter Wright is deadly on double 16 once again. MVG needs to find something quickly. He always does, so hold the front page.

*Peter Wright 2-0 Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright
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Break of throw for Wrighty! MVG misses three at double 18 and in steps Snakebite to finish double 16.

Great start for the world number three.

Peter Wright 1-0 Michael van Gerwen*

Hold of throw straight up for Snakebite. He fires in a maximum and then finishes things on double top at the first time of asking.

That will settle the nerves.

*Peter Wright 0-0 Michael van Gerwen

Thank you Mr Freeman. It's a quick old turnaround at the O2, they're already on the stage.

First Premier League title for Peter Wright or third crown for Mighty Mike?

Let's find out. Wright to throw first.

Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen are back on their way out and it's time for me to pass the darts live text baton back to the ever capable, Mr Gary Smee.

2016 final recap

Van Gerwen dominates

Michael van Gerwen
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Last year's final saw Michael van Gerwen at his unstoppable best as he raced to an 11-3 victory over Phil Taylor.

This time around he's up against his arch-nemesis in 2017, Peter Wright.

The final is coming right up...

Semi-final stats

Result: Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Gary Anderson

Michael van Gerwen:

  • Average 102.22
  • 180s x 4
  • Checkout percentage 50%

Gary Anderson:

  • Average 102.68
  • 180s x 7
  • Checkout percentage 63.64%

Recap - Van Gerwen beats Anderson

Result: Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Gary Anderson

Van Gerwen v Anderson
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Michael van Gerwen reached his fifth-straight Premier League final with a tense victory over Gary Anderson.

The world number one crucially broke Anderson to go 9-7 up before holding his throw for victory.

Semi-final stats

Result: Peter Wright 10-9 Phil Taylor

Peter Wright:

  • Average 100.04
  • 180s x 3
  • Checkout percentage 45%

Phil Taylor:

  • Average 97.62
  • 180s x 6
  • Checkout percentage 39%

'I went nervous'

Result: Peter Wright 10-9 Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor tells Sky Sports:

"It was just a couple of shots I missed. I went in front and I just went nervous. Maybe it's because it's my last one, I don't know. But I'm shattered now.

"It's not good enough. It can be so close, but it's miles away. Peter was the better player. I can't fault him, he held his bottle."

Taylor bows out

Result: Peter Wright 10-9 Phil Taylor

That's it for Phil Taylor after 207 games in the Premier League and six titles.

He's the greatest there has ever been. No one can argue with that.

Phil Taylor
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"I enjoyed the boos"

Result: Peter Wright 10-9 Phil Taylor

Peter Wright tells Sky Sports:

"I had my chances early on in the match to go clear and I missed, then the match swapped over. Phil had the chance to run away with it. It was a strange game.

"I enjoyed [the boos]. If they do it more, I'll only go and win it, so I hope they carry on.

"I'll see if I can get my second major. Obviously Michael's in the way but I've got to play more consistent and hit my doubles a bit better."

Final: Van Gerwen v Wright

So, Peter Wright will meet Michael van Gerwen in the Premier League final in about 20 minutes.

The Dutchman has a hugely one-sided winning record against Wright, but then again Van Gerwen beats everyone.

For Phil Taylor, there was to be no fairytale finish in his final season before retirement.

Michael van Gerwen
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Wright beats Taylor

Peter Wright 10-9 Phil Taylor

What a performance! Peter Wright survives what was a thrilling comeback from Phil Taylor to set up a final against world number one Michael van Gerwen.

Full credit to the Power, though. At times tonight his confidence looked shot, not least as he quickly went 4-0 down but he kept fighting to within one leg of victory but he just couldn't edge his way over the line.

Wright is his usual composed self. That was a difficult performance but he's through.

*Peter Wright 9-9 Phil Taylor

Remember what I said about a mental battle? Massive credit to Peter Wright who ignores the boos and jeers that ring round the O2 Arena to take it to a final leg.

A cheeky nine double eight 25 checkout makes it 9-9.

Who's going to take this one?

Peter Wright 8-9 Phil Taylor*

This is a mental battle for the pair, now. Peter Wright has struggled to regain his form since the interval while Phil Taylor has taken just nine of a possible 29 checkouts.

But the Power breaks again to lead 9-8 and go within one leg of the final.

Phil Taylor
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