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Michael van Gerwen strengthened his position at the top of the Premier League when he claimed victory in an excellent match against Robert Thornton in Sheffield on Thursday evening.

The defending champion had trailed the Scotsman, who missed double twelve for a nine-darter, 3-2 at one stage but hit back to claim a 7-5 success, kicking off the decisive leg with back-to-back 180s before going out in eleven darts.

The triumph moved the world number one a point ahead of Raymond van Barneveld but van Gerwen has played a game less than his Dutch compatriot.

Michael van Gerwen 7 – 5 Robert Thornton: Match Report

By Chris Murphy

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