Michael Smith stormed to a third consecutive nightly win with a 6-3 success over Gerwyn Price in Sheffield; P&J Live, Aberdeen is the 16th of 17 individual venues on Thursday May 11 with the Play-Offs returning to The O2 in London on Thursday May 25
Last Updated: 11/05/23 11:42pm
A look back at the best action from Night 15 of the Premier League in Sheffield as Michael Smith stormed to a third successive win on the night
Michael Smith secured a hat-trick of Premier League Darts nightly victories by beating Michael van Gerwen, Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price en route to a more impressive victory in Sheffield.
Price could have guaranteed top spot with a win in the Night 15 showpiece, but the St Helens star cut the Welshman’s lead at the summit to just three points after claiming the spoils in the Steel City.
Premier League – Evening 15 in Sheffield Results
|Michael van Gerwen
|Dimitri Van den Bergh
Smith ends Michael van Gerwen’s Sheffield hopes with stunning 130 bullseye checkout
Smith opened his campaign with a 6-4 win over reigning champion Van Gerwen, turning in a stunning 130 bull checkout to defeat the Dutchman for the second week in a row .
The world No 1 continued his charge to beat Clayton in a repeat of last week’s decider, averaging nearly 108 and sealing the deal with a superb 11-darter.
Smith capped a terrific night of action by claiming the £10,000 winner’s bonus, extending his Premier League winning streak to nine games in the process.
Van Gerwen made this brilliant 154 checkout against Smith
“Three in a row, it took me 15 weeks to win one night last year and now I’ve won four,” said Smith, who leapfrogged Van Gerwen into second place after his fourth nightly win overall. . “I still have a chance to finish at the top.
“Me and Gez talked about it backstage before the match, if me and him at the end of next week he will finish at the top. Hopefully I will be top.
“I know you don’t get anything from finishing at the top but it’s the prestige. I qualified last week and I can just sit back and let anyone beat me.
Smith said he spoke to Gerwyn Price after their game and reminded the Welshman that he can still finish in the top spot.
Price – who won in Sheffield 12 months ago – retained top spot after reaching his eighth night final of 2023 with a 6-2 win over Nathan Aspinall and Chris Dobey.
In the night’s other quarter-finals, Clayton moved two points ahead of Aspinall ahead of their decisive Night 16 showdown, courtesy of a 6-4 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh.
The 2021 champion made an incredible 170 checkout in the middle of the tie, and registered his sixth ton-plus average of the campaign to beat the Belgian.
‘The Ferret’ are in a straight shootout with Aspinall for the final spot, with the pair going head-to-head in the quarter-final next week in Aberdeen.
Jonny Clayton took this brilliant 170 during his win over Dimitri Van den Bergh
Victory will guarantee the Welshman another appearance at The O2 while even if Aspinall wins the quarter-final he will also need to win his semi-final.
“It’s huge,” Clayton said. “All the pressure is on Nathan next week. He has to win, the ball is in my court because if I win I’m done. I’ll try and relax and play my game.
“I was swinging like hell out there. It was two points that would have been huge.”
Meanwhile, Dobey cemented sixth place on the table with an impressive 6-4 win over Peter Wright, crashing six 180s and breaking four legs in a row from 4-2 to advance.
Peter Wright found this 126 checkout after Chris Dobey was out for an incredible 170 finish
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Night 16 in Aberdeen: Thursday, May 18
|Gerwyn Price vs. Peter Wright
|Jonny Clayton vs Nathan Aspinall
|Michael Smith vs. Dimitri Van den Bergh
|Michael van Gerwen vs. Chris Dobey
The Premier League roadshow heads to P&J Live, Aberdeen on Thursday May 18 for Night 16 of the league stage.
League leader Price meets Wright in his quarter-final tie, knowing a run in next Thursday’s final will see him top the table for the first time in his Premier League career.
Clayton and Aspinall met in a great encounter with fourth place on the line.
Clayton confirmed his Play-Off qualification with victory, while Aspinall must progress to the final of Night 16 to overhaul his Welsh rival, who will qualify via winning nights if the pair finish level. in points.
Smith will begin his quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive win against Van den Bergh, while Van Gerwen and Dobey also clash for a place in the semi-finals.
2023 Premier League Schedule
|P&J Live, Aberdeen
|The O2, London
We’re back for more Premier League Darts action from P&J Live, Aberdeen on Thursday May 18 – live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.