MICHAEL VAN GERWEN began his defence of the Unibet Premier League Darts title with a comfortable victory over reigning World Champion Rob Cross in Dublin on Thursday.

Van Gerwen met Cross for the first time since the Hastings thrower defeated the world number one in the semi-finals of the World Championship in December – and the Dutchman gained some revenge with a dominant display.

Three 114 checkouts helped Van Gerwen to a 7-2 success on the opening night of the 2018 season – as he followed up last weekend’s Masters glory with another win.

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