Michael van Gerwen thrashes James Wade to go top of Premier League

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Michael van Gerwen thumped James Wade 8-3 to move to the top of the Premier League in Milton Keynes.

The five-time champion clinched victory in a high-quality contest in which Wade secured a season-high three-dart average of 110.28.

But the Dutchman’s better accuracy on doubles, including finishes of 135, 128 and 104, saw him move two points clear at the top of the table.

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Nathan Aspinall lost top spot after he was beaten 8-6 by Johnny Clayton, for whom victory keeps his play-off hopes alive.

Both players missed a series of doubles with the must crucial being the single darts at tops missed by Aspinall in the final leg which would have salvaged him a draw.

Gary Anderson also retained hopes of a top-four finish with an 8-4 victory over Dmitri van den Bergh, while Jose de Sousa held onto fourth place with an 8-1 win over former world champion Peter Wright.