Daryl Gurney produced the result of the night in Berlin (Picture: Pixathlon/REX)A dramatic night in Berlin saw a shock defeat for Michael van Gerwen and German hearts broken as Max Hopp couldn’t produce on the big stage.
The upset of the night went to Daryl Gurney for his victory over the world number one, while Raymond van Barneveld was the villain of the piece for downing Hopp.
However, victory for ‘barney’ and another disappointing result for Michael Smith keeps the relegation battle alive heading into the Rotterdam double-header next week.
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Daryl Gurney 7-5 Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen suffered another defeat (Picture: Action Plus via Getty Images)Gurney fell 0-2 down, but kept pace with Van Gerwen in the early going and had the game level at 3-3, before the Northern Irishman found top gear.
‘Superchin’ notched the next two legs to take a 5-3 lead and look in a commanding position, before the next two legs were shared as Gurney secured himself a point with an 86 finish.
MVG just couldn’t find his blistering best and Gurney held him at bay, landing double tops for a famous 7-5 win.
Rob Cross 7-4 Gerwyn Price
Rob Cross is in fantastic form (Picture: Steve Welsh PDC)The opening match of the evening was almost complete dominance from Rob Cross who picked up an impressive 7-4 win over Gerwyn Price.
It was Cross’ fourth win on the bounce as he averaged 104.33 and rarely looked in trouble against the Welshman.
The ‘Iceman’s’ best spell saw him win back-to-back legs to reduce his deficit to 5-4 behind, but Cross stepped back on the accelerator and surged to the top of the table.
James Wade 6-6 Peter Wright
Wade and Wright shared the spoils (Picture: Provider: Pixathlon/REX)If there was ever a see-saw contest it was this one between James Wade and Peter Wright, which eventually ended level at 6-6.
Wright looked in complete control as he took leads of 3-1 and 5-2, playing beautifully and making the ‘Machine’ look like it needed a good oiling.
However, the Wade finally cranked into gear and reeled off four straight legs to guarantee himself a point and a shot at an unlikely victory.
‘Snakebite’ had the throw, though, and he did enough, checking out 74 to secure his fourth draw of the tournament so far.
Mensur Suljovic 7-2 Michael Smith
Mensur Suljovic is finding his form (Picture: Action Plus via Getty Images)Michael Smith’s Premier League struggles continued as he was hammered 7-2 by Mensur Suljovic in Berlin.
‘Bully Boy’ won the first leg of the match but then lost five on the spin as he completely failed to find his A-game.
The Austrian turned in a solid game, with a 96.44 average and over 53% on the doubles, but Smith was really poor, averaging just 85.34.
The World Championship finalist has just two wins from seven matches and is not out of the woods in terms of relegation.
Raymond van Barneveld 7-3 Max Hopp
Raymond van Barneveld picked up a crucial win (Picture: Action Plus via Getty Images)Raymond van Barneveld made sure the Berlin fans had little to cheer as he downed German star Max Hopp 7-3 in front of his home crowd.
Hopp won the first leg with a huge 104 finish, but that was about as it got for the world number 29 who then lost four on the trot to the five-time world champion.
The ‘Maximiser’ got a couple more legs on the board, but ‘Barney’ was showing no signs of pressure, taking out a spectacular 170 finish to win the eighth leg and go 5-3 ahead.
Hopp couldn’t really trouble him from there and Van Barneveld picked up his first win of the campaign, although he remains bottom of the table.
Premier League Berlin Results
Gerwyn Price (98.17) 4-7 (104.33) Rob Cross
James Wade (98.42) 6-6 (98.93) Peter Wright
Michael Van Gerwen (98.54) 5 (12) 7 (98.71) Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith (85.34) 2 (12) 7 (96.44) Mensur Suljovic
Max Hopp (88.41) 3 (12) 7 (90) Raymond Van Barneveld
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