MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved to the top of the Unibet Premier League Darts table after defeating Simon Whitlock in Leeds on Thursday evening.
The reigning champion triumphed 7-4 in front of over 8,000 fans at the First Direct Arena to take top spot in the league for the first time this season.
Van Gerwen took out a crucial 110 finish in the sixth leg to level the match before winning four out of the next five legs to claim two points.
“I had to work, it wasn’t my best performance. I played OK but I am not in my best form at the moment,” said the two-time World Champion, who bounced back from his early defeat at the UK Open last weekend.
“Fortunately my B-game was enough tonight against Simon and I showed character, and sometimes you need that. I’m really pleased with the two points but I know I can do better than that.”
Van Gerwen takes on Gerwyn Price in Nottingham next Thursday.