Premier League Darts: Jonny Clayton beats Michael Smith 6-4 in final of thrilling night nine in Berlin | Darts News

Johnny Clayton claimed victories over Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price before defeating Michael Smith 6–4 in the final; Van Gerwen remains at the top of the season-long standings; Premier League live on Sky Sports for Night Ten on Thursday 6 April at the Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Last Updated: 30/03/23 11:06 PM


Johnny Clayton won night nine of the Premier League season in Berlin

Johnny Clayton secured the opening night win of the Kazoo Premier League season and boosted his hopes of qualifying for the play-offs by defeating world champion Michael Smith in the final on night nine in Berlin.

Clayton came through the final stage decider to knock out league leader Michael van Gerwen and claim an impressive 6–4 victory over compatriot Gerwyn Price, ending the Ice Man’s hopes of winning a third consecutive night. Then won 6-4 in a tight match. against Smith.

Smith started with a 13-dart hold but wasted the next two break darts to allow Clayton to level the contest, then the Welshman broke with an 86 checkout and raced into a 3–1 lead. Added 80 finishes for.

Premier League – Night 9 in Berlin results

quarter finals Dimitri van den Berg 3-6 Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Chris Dobey
johnny clayton 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
peter wright 3-6 gervin price
semifinal Michael Smith 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
johnny clayton 6-4 gervin price
Last Michael Smith 4-6 johnny clayton

Clayton missed two chances to claim a fourth straight leg in the fifth, then found himself behind when Smith chased a 12-dart break with a superb 130 checkout on the bullseye and holding throw in the next.

Michael Smith scored 130 to level things in his Premier League final match with Johnny Clayton in Berlin.

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Michael Smith scored 130 to level things in his Premier League final match with Johnny Clayton in Berlin.

Michael Smith scored 130 to level things in his Premier League final match with Johnny Clayton in Berlin.

Smith was punished for more missed doubles as Clayton leveled the match at the top and then went ahead with an 85 checkout, then signed off the win in style with a stunning 120 finish on the tenth leg.

The win moves Clayton into fifth place in the season-long standings on 12 points and within three of Nathan Aspinall – whom Smith had beaten in the semi-finals – into fourth place, while Price closed the gap on van Gerwen following the semi-final finish. has been closed. ,

Smith beat Dimitri van den Berg 6–3 in the quarter-finals and came close to a nine-dart leg on his way to a 6–4 win over Aspinall, then fell short in his bid for a second night win of the season . ,

Michael Smith was so close to getting another nine-darter in his semi-final match with Nathan Aspinall

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Michael Smith was so close to getting another nine-darter in his semi-final match with Nathan Aspinall

Michael Smith was so close to getting another nine-darter in his semi-final match with Nathan Aspinall

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Where are we going next?

10 Night in Birmingham: Thursday, April 6

quarter finals Michael van Gerwen vs Chris Dobby
Nathan Aspinall vs Johnny Clayton
Dimitri van den Berg vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Michael Smith

The Premier League roadshow will take place at the Utilita Arena, Birmingham on Thursday, 6 April for night ten of the league season.

Smith and Wright face off in a repeat of the 2022 World Championship final.

Elsewhere, Price clashes with van den Bergh, Dobbey and six-time winner van Gerwen, while Clayton and Aspinall also lock horns.

2023 premier league schedule

night 3 OVO Hydro, Glasgow February 16
night 4 3 Arena, Dublin February 23
night 5 westpoint exeter March 2
night 6 The Brighton Center march 9
night 7 Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham March 16
night 8 Utility Arena, Newcastle March 23
night 9 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin March 30
night 10 Utility Arena, Birmingham April 6
night 11 M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool April 13
night 12 Rotterdam Ahoy April 20
night 13 First Direct Arena, Leeds 27 April
night 14 AO Arena, Manchester May 4th
night 15 Utility Arena, Sheffield May 11
night 16 P&J Live, Aberdeen May 18
play-off O2, London May 25

We’re back for more Premier League darts action from the Utilita Arena, Birmingham on Thursday, 6 April – live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm.

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