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World Champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen began his Premier League title defence in sensational style by claiming an incredible whitewash win over Phil Taylor.

van Gerwen performed brilliantly, averaging over 109, to defeat the man he displaced from the top of the PDC Order of Merit 7-0 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Robert Thornton and Simon Whitlock left Merseyside empty-handed, however. Thornton was edged out by Dave Chisnall while Whitlock lost out to Adrian Lewis.

There were also wins for an impressive Raymond van Barneveld and debutant Peter Wright.

By Chris Murphy

Michael van Gerwen 7 – 0 Phil Taylor – Match Report