Minehead Nine-Darter For Van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Michael van Gerwen hit the second nine-darter in the history of the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals during his second round win over Adrian Lewis on Saturday afternoon.

The Dutchman produced his own sixth perfect leg, and the first in a televised event for 12 months, as he scored 180, 177 and then finished 144 to complete a brilliant achievement.

Van Gerwen had earlier overturned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead, with Lewis hitting back in leg seven before the Dutchman's moment of perfect in leg eight opened up a 5-3 advantage.

Lewis battled back bravely to force a deciding leg, but Van Gerwen took out 72 to remain on course for a fifth Players Championship Finals title.

"The nine-darter is always nice," said Van Gerwen. "Adrian was pushing me and put me under pressure, so you have to do the right things at the right moments.

"It's only one leg and I've got to be better tonight, because if you give the other guys a finger they take your whole hand and you can't afford any mistakes."

Alan Norris had been the only player previously in the event to achieve a nine-darter, with his achievement coming on Stage Two in the 2016 tournament.

Van Gerwen's perfect leg was the 47th in a PDC event so far in 2019, but the first in a televised event since the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts, when Dimitri Van den Bergh enjoyed a moment of perfection.

Van Gerwen now faces a third round tie on Saturday evening with James Wade, who swept past Ricky Evans with a 6-1 victory in their last 32 encounter.