Defending champion Clayton reigns supreme in Liverpool

Reigning Premier League champion Jonny Clayton goes one better than opening night, beating Joe Cullen to scoop the five points and £10k bonus; the Welshman defeated Michael Smith before recovering from 4-1 down to average 106 and defeat Michael van Gerwen 6-4 in a thrilling semi

Last Updated: 11/02/22 12:40am

Here's some of the best checkouts from another tungsten rollercoaster of a night in Liverpool

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Here’s some of the best checkouts from another tungsten rollercoaster of a night in Liverpool

Here’s some of the best checkouts from another tungsten rollercoaster of a night in Liverpool

Defending Premier League champion Jonny Clayton stamped his authority on the chasing pack by winning Night Two in style at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

The 47-year-old Welshman made up for his opening night final defeat to Peter Wright in Cardiff with a 6-4 victory over newcomer Joe Cullen.

„It means a lot to me to win in Liverpool, I support Liverpool FC so the city means a lot to me,“ said Clayton. „The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic, it’s a shame we have to leave!

„I didn’t play my best in the final but I got over the line and that’s what counts.

„The game against Michael van Gerwen was hard work, I had to be at my very best to win that one.

„I’m Premier League champion for a reason and I’ve got off to a good start this year, so long may it continue.“

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Premier League – Night 2 in Liverpool Results

Quarter-finals Peter Wright 1-6 Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Michael Smith
James Wade 3-6 Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Gary Anderson
Semi-finals Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Final Jonny Clayton 6-4 Joe Cullen

Clayton had earlier battled back from 4-1 down to stun five-time champion Michael van Gerwen 6-4 in the first semi-final.

‘The Ferret’ reeled off five consecutive legs – including two 110 finishes – to complete a stunning victory over the Dutchman, with a 106.6 average and 67 per cent on the doubles.

Van Gerwen took out this 129 checkout with two double 18s in his thrilling clash against Clayton

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Van Gerwen took out this 129 checkout with two double 18s in his thrilling clash against Clayton

Van Gerwen took out this 129 checkout with two double 18s in his thrilling clash against Clayton

The former world No 1 appeared in majestic form having earlier dismantled world champion Wright 6-1 in the opening match of the evening.

He sunk two double 18s for a huge 129 finish and a 3-1 lead before extending his advantage by taking out 94, but Clayton showed his class to turn a pulsating contest on its head and reach the final.

Meanwhile, Bradford thrower Cullen fought back from 5-2 down to beat world No 1 Gerwyn Price in a deciding leg shoot-out.

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‘The Rockstar’ averaged 117.8 to win the last four legs, hitting two 180s and he didn’t miss a dart at a double.

Here's how the table looks after Night Two... Here's how the table looks after Night Two...

Here’s how the table looks after Night Two…

Night 3 – The SSE Arena, Belfast – February 17

Quarter-Finals Michael Smith vs Gerwyn Price
Joe Cullen vs Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson vs Peter Wright
James Wade vs Jonny Clayton

Earlier in the evening, Price pinned a marvellous 156 checkout in his 6-3 victory over Gary Anderson, while Cullen’s 115 finish helped him on his way to his maiden Premier League win against James Wade.

'The Iceman' nailed this fantastic 156 finish during his victory over Gary Anderson

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‘The Iceman’ nailed this fantastic 156 finish during his victory over Gary Anderson

‘The Iceman’ nailed this fantastic 156 finish during his victory over Gary Anderson

Clayton sunk a 142 as he beat world championship finalist Michael Smith 6-3 before ending the night on a winning note.

The Premier League roadshow moves on to Belfast next Thursday, as Wright takes on Anderson in the pick of the quarter-final ties.

The night’s other matches will also see Smith – the only player without a win so far this season – meet Price, Cullen take on Van Gerwen and Wade face Clayton as the £1m tournament continues.

Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. We’re back for more Premier League action from The SSE Arena, Belfast next Thursday from 7pm on Sky Sports Arena.

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