Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen beats Rob Cross to win fifth title
World champion Michael van Gerwen beat Rob Cross 11-5 at London's O2 Arena to win his fifth Premier League title.
The 30-year-old has now won the event in four consecutive years, and he is only one behind Phil Taylor's overall record of six Premier League victories.
The Dutchman struggled in his semi-final win over Daryl Gurney, while Cross beat James Wade in the last four.
But Van Gerwen improved to see off the challenge of England's world number two Cross and earn the £250,000 top prize.
The pair had finished first and second in the league phase, which was played over the previous 16 weeks at venues across Europe.
Cross, the 2018 world champion, rallied after falling 5-1 behind in the final but he missed three darts at a double to level the match in a pivotal 10th leg.
That allowed Van Gerwen to take a 6-4 lead into the interval, an advantage he did not relinquish, and the world number one clinched victory with a 130 checkout.
"What a phenomenal title to win again for the fifth time," he told Sky Sports.
"It's been an amazing tournament and a difficult one. Rob pushed me all the way but he missed a few darts and I took advantage.
"This means a lot to me."
Finals Night results, London
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 10-5 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 11-5 Rob Cross
Premier League Darts roll of honour
6 - Phil Taylor (2005-08, 2010, 2012)
5 - Michael van Gerwen (2013, 2016-2019)
2 - Gary Anderson (2011, 2015)
1 - James Wade (2009), Raymond van Barneveld (2014)