Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen secures play-off spot

Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen won the Premier League Darts title in 2013

Michael van Gerwen became the first player to confirm his place in next month's Premier League play-offs, thrashing James Wade 7-0 in Cardiff.

The Dutchman, who turns 26 on Saturday, lost his second match 7-5 to reigning PDC world champion Gary Anderson but was already guaranteed a top-four spot.

The other seven competitors can still qualify for the play-offs, with three rounds of fixtures remaining.

St Helens' Stephen Bunting hammered Anderson 7-1 to maintain his hopes.

Bunting, the 2014 BDO world champion, is only three points off the final play-off position, which is currently occupied by Phil Taylor, who drew 6-6 with fellow Stoke-on-Trent player Adrian Lewis.

St Helens-born Dave Chisnall slipped to a 7-5 defeat by Raymond van Barneveld but remains second in the table, three points behind Van Gerwen and one clear of Anderson.

The play-offs take place in London on 21 May.

Premier League table - Week 12
Top four players after 16 matches qualify for play-offs
Michael van Gerwen1320
Dave Chisnall1317
Gary Anderson1316
Phil Taylor1313
Raymond van Barneveld1212
Adrian Lewis1212
Stephen Bunting1310
James Wade1310

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