MICHAEL VAN GERWEN climbed back to the top of the Unibet Premier League table after a convincing victory against Gerwyn Price in Nottingham on Thursday.
Defending champion van Gerwen went into a 4-2 lead before a superb 132 checkout sparked his performance into life.
The Dutch star went on to close out the win with 13 and 14 dart legs.
“The main thing tonight was to get back to winning ways, so I’m happy with that even though the performance wasn’t fantastic,” said Van Gerwen, who has won all 14 of his contests with Price.
“For some reason tonight both Gerwyn and myself struggled to play our best game which is a shame but I got better towards the end of the game and ended up winning comfortably.
“Of course I like to be top of the league and I know I have to work hard to stay there. I have to be at my best every week now to keep my record of topping the league phase every year since my debut season.”