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Summary

  1. Final: Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor
  2. Van Gerwen wins second Premier League title
  3. Semi-final result: Taylor 10-7 Anderson
  4. Semi-final result: Van Gerwen 10-4 Lewis

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By Gary Smee and Phil Cartwright

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Van Gerwen wins second Premier League title

Thank you for your company this evening, as the world number one bagged Premier League title number two in fine style.

Here's how he did it...

Michael van Gerwen

Van Gerwen wins Premier League title

World number one Michael van Gerwen beats England's Phil Taylor in London to claim his second Premier League Darts title.

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Final result: Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor

Christophe Talbotski: MVG far from his best, beating Lewis and Taylor a combined 21-7. Ridiculous.

Hard to disagree with that. Van Gerwen is undoubtedly the best in the world right now, and he either needs to be really off form or up against an inspired opponent to be beaten.

'His finishing is phenomenal'

Final result: Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor
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More from 2016 Premier League runner-up Phil Taylor:

"I thought just relax, try and throw quicker, try and throw slower, but I just couldn't react against him.

"His scoring is good, but his finishing is phenomenal and that's where it hurts you. He's an Anthony Joshua, that's what he is at the minute."

'He beat me up'

Final result: Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor tells Sky Sports:

"I'm very proud to get through to the final, a very lucky boy to get through. He beat me up, he put me under pressure, he's doing phenomenal things.

"I honestly don't know how he does it."

'I'm over the moon'

Final result: Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor

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More from 2016 Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen:

"This feels fantastic for me, I'm over the moon to win this title. It's unbelievable.

"I'm playing stronger in this tournament every year, I've been top of the table four years in a row and I'm really glad I can hold this trophy now for the second time."

'We weren't at our best'

Final result: Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor

Michael van Gerwen tells Sky Sports:

"We weren't at our best, you can see it's at the end of the Premier League, everyone is worn out but I'm really glad I was the best tonight.

"I wanted to win this trophy back very badly and I'm glad I won it back."

BreakingMICHAEL VAN GERWEN WINS PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE

Final result: Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor

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That is about as one-sided a final as you're ever likely to see, as Michael van Gerwen finishes 68 on double four to wrap up an 11-3 victory.

Phil Taylor's dished out a few of those himself over the years, but tonight is all about Van Gerwen.

It's his second Premier League title - and right now he's the greatest on the planet.

Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor looks a bit of a broken man up there. He's missing doubles for fun now as Michael van Gerwen takes out two tens after his own double problems to move one leg away from the title.

Michael van Gerwen 9-3 Phil Taylor

Boo Michael van Gerwen. Rubbish! The Dutchman hits two 180s at the start of leg 12 to leave 141 for a nine-dart finish.

But he sends the seventh dart above the treble 20 and it's not to be. MvG cleans up on double eight to move two away from the title.

Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Phil Taylor

That's a 12-dart leg for Michael van Gerwen to break the throw. He hits back-to-back 140s then 145 to leave 76 which he finishes on double four.

Brilliant.

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Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Phil Taylor

Oh my word, that is stunning from Michael van Gerwen. With Taylor waiting on double 20, MvG finishes 100 with two double tops.

It's something we see him do so often these days, but absolutely crucial there. The players go off for a short break.

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Phil Taylor

Yep, you never write Phil Taylor off. The Power finishes 80 on double 10 after Van Gerwen puts the pressure on to leave 36.

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Phil Taylor

This is looking far too easy for Michael van Gerwen against the 16-times champion of the world.

He takes out double 10 to open up a four-leg advantage. That's five legs in a row to the world number one.

MIND THE GAP! van Gerwen now leading by four and Taylor has a big task on his hands! He leads 6-2. #LoveTheDarts

Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Phil Taylor

Michael van Gerwen is approaching top gear now. He fires in a 180 to leave 124 which he misses on the bull.

No problem for the 27-year-old though as he returns to clean up 25 on double eight. 

Taylor needs to find something quickly here otherwise this final could get away from him.

Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Phil Taylor

We've got some double trouble now, but Michael van Gerwen eventually finds double 16 at the third time of asking.

Phil Taylor also missed three darts at the same double. You can't afford to do that against MvG, Philip.

Michael van Gerwen 3-2 Phil Taylor

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And there is that break of throw. After firing in another 180, Van Gerwen leaves himself 60 which he takes out no bother.

Magnificent from Mighty Mike who is averaging 113.

Michael van Gerwen 2-2 Phil Taylor

The finishing is spot on so far from these two darting greats. Van Gerwen hits double top with his first dart to bring it back to 2-2.

We're still waiting for our first break of throw.

Michael van Gerwen 1-2 Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor
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Both players hit their first maximums of the final, but it's Taylor's which proves decisive as he leaves himself 51 which he takes out on double 16.

How many times have we seen him hit 32 with his first dart over the years?

Michael van Gerwen 1-1 Phil Taylor

What a response from Michael van Gerwen! The Dutchman takes out 121, the highest finish of this evening, to square things up.

He makes it look as simple as shelling peas.

Michael van Gerwen 0-1 Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor holds his throw to get the first leg on the board in this final.

He takes out double 12 first dart to calm any nerves he may have had.

The Power has had his fair share of beatings by MvG over the last couple of years - something he's not used to.

Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor

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Michael van Gerwen looks as focused as a brain surgeon before breaking into a cheeky smile. 

He's odds-on favourite here, but the world number one is about to face the greatest there's ever been.

This has the potential to be a classic.

Finalists ready

Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor
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First up, after a 25-minute break following his semi-final win over Gary Anderson, is Phil Taylor.

The electric atmosphere is only ramped up with The Power's famous thunder and lightning build up.

This is the final that everyone wanted to see, isn't it?!

The final

Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor (best of 21 legs)

Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor
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So here we go then.

The 2016 Premier League final - Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor.

I'll leave it to Gary Smee to crown the new champion...

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We've certainly seen a few colourful characters in the crowd tonight at the O2 Arena in London.

But what's the strangest/best/worst fancy dress you've seen at the darts?

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BBC Sport will broadcast its first ever PDC tournament - the inaugural Champions League of Darts - in September.

In what is being billed as an "exciting new era" for the sport, the eight-player tournament will be held in Cardiff on 24-25 September.

It will feature the leading eight players from the PDC Order of Merit come the end of July's World Matchplay, and the champion will earn £100,000.

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Jonathan Dixon: #bbcdarts best walk on has to Peter Wright coming on to "Don't Stop the Party" by Pitbull gets all the crowd up too along with him!

'It's going to be difficult for me'

Semi-final result: Phil Taylor 10-7 Gary Anderson

More from Phil Taylor, who will play Michael van Gerwen in the final shortly: "I've got 20 minutes or so to prepare, Michael's probably had an hour, so it's going to be difficult for me.

"But he's got a game now."

'I'm through ugly'

Semi-final result: Phil Taylor 10-7 Gary Anderson

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Phil Taylor tells Sky Sports: "The performance was steady. Gary missed a few doubles, and my bottle had gone - I’ll be honest. I just thought 'hang in'.

"I was hitting 140s and 180s and missing darts at doubles. I'm through ugly - that's what it's all about. It's all about winning.

"It's this place - the tournament you're in, you start thinking about where your are, obviously I've not won a lot for a long time, so it's a massive thing for me."

The stats

Semi-final result: Phil Taylor 10-7 Gary Anderson

It wasn't the highest average you'll see from "The Power" but a mightily fine performance to reach his eighth Premier League final.

Taylor averaged 98.21, hit six 180s and had a 40% checkout rate.

Anderson's average was 96.86, he also hit six 180s and had a checkout percentage of 24.14%.

The finalists are confirmed...

Semi-final result: Phil Taylor 10-7 Gary Anderson

It's a repeat of the 2013 Premier League final, which Michael van Gerwen won to clinch his first - and as yet only - Premier League title.

Phil Taylor is a six-time Premier League champion, but it's four years since he last lifted the trophy. Will tonight be his night?

The finalists are confirmed...

Semi-final result: Phil Taylor 10-7 Gary Anderson

So it's the Premier League final that many predicted and, let's be honest, many wanted.

The greatest player of the past couple of years, against the greatest in history.

BreakingPHIL TAYLOR REACHES THE FINAL

Phil Taylor 10-7 Gary Anderson

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The champ is out!

Phil Taylor beats Gary Anderson 10-7 and the Scotsman's Premier League reign ends.

It's Taylor against Michael van Gerwen in the Premier League final, coming up shortly...

Phil Taylor 9-7 Gary Anderson

Anderson throws first and it's an average leg by both players, but Taylor strikes to take out 79 and move within one leg of the final.

Huge from the Power.

Phil Taylor 8-7 Gary Anderson

Full steam ahead for the Flying Scotsman. An 11-darter makes it three legs in a row for Anderson, and we're back on throw at 8-7.

Phil Taylor 8-6 Gary Anderson

Oh dear, Gary. Twenty-two to start the leg is not what's required. Taylor, as Taylor often does in true Taylor style, stamps all over it with a maximum.

With the Scot way back, Taylor misses, and again, and again...

Suddenly Anderson's on 93 - and takes it out! 8-6 now...

Who will face Van Gerwen?

Phil Taylor 8-5 Gary Anderson

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If you're just joining me, Michael van Gerwen booked his place in the final with a 10-4 win over Adrian Lewis a little earlier.

Phil Taylor 8-5 Gary Anderson

Anderson's starting to get angry at himself here. Too many missed chances at double are costing him.

After a few misses, he gets double two to break the throw and reduce the deficit to three legs.

Phil Taylor 8-4 Gary Anderson

Anderson was looking a little off it, but hello - what's this? A timely 180 leaves 57, but he's blown it again! Misses at tops and double 10, and Taylor's back for 32.

No mistake from the Power, he's two legs away from the final.

Phil Taylor 7-4 Gary Anderson

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Taylor back in the groove straight away - a 140 followed by a fifth maximum. Anderson way off.

Anderson for a 161?! Shaves the wire of the bull. Taylor back for 16, which he takes out with his last dart.

The Power in front by three legs for the first time.