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Van Gerwen defeats Smith to claim fourth Premier League title

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The Dutchman turned on the style to beat play-off debutant Smith 11-4.

Michael van Gerwen produced a masterclass en route to winning a fourth Premier League title at the O2 Arena in London.

The Dutchman turned on the style to beat play-off debutant Michael Smith 11-4 in his sixth consecutive final and collect a cheque for £250,000.

Robin Van Persie, centre, was at the O2 Arena cheering on his compatriot Michael van Gerwen
Robin van Persie, centre, was at the O2 Arena cheering on his compatriot Michael van Gerwen (John Walton/PA)

In front of former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who was in the crowd supporting his compatriot, Van Gerwen threw seven 180s and boasted a checkout percentage of 66.67.

Smith pulled off arguably the biggest win of his career in the last four, seeing off close friend Gary Anderson 10-6, but had no answer to world number one Van Gerwen’s brilliance despite averaging 97.01 himself.

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