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Michael van Gerwen kept his Premier League Darts title defence on course in Manchester, where a win over Dave Chisnall effectively sealed his place in the play-offs.

The world number one claimed a 7-4 triumph against Chisnall on Thursday to remain top of the table ahead of Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld, who has also all but secured his place at London’s O2 Arena in May.

van Barneveld saw off Adrian Lewis 8-3, while Robert Thornton picked up a point from his two games as he drew with Gary Anderson after losing 7-5 to Peter Wright despite hitting seven 180s in the defeat.

Phil Taylor shared a draw with Anderson in the evening’s other match.

By Chris Murphy

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