Michael van Gerwen retained his Premier League title on Thursday night

Premier League Darts

Premier League Darts

Suffolk's Peter Wright missed out on winning the Premier League Darts title after he was beaten by Michael van Gerwen at London's O2 Arena.

Snakebite had survived a semi-final fightback from Phil Taylor to book his showdown with MVG, the latest showpiece final in a brilliant year for Wright.

The Dutchman took home the £250,000 top prize by beating Wright 11-10 after the Scot missed six match darts.

Gary Anderson ended the round-robin phase in fourth position, having won less than half of his fixtures, but has crucially done enough to remain in the running for a third Premier League title since 2011.

Wright denied 16-time world champion Taylor, who will call it a day at the end of the World Championship later this year, the chance to claim his seventh title by edging a decider in the semis. "I can't believe I missed them darts at a double, but fair play to the champion". "It's been a good season, the top two players finished one and two".

The Scot, who also finished second in the table behind Van Gerwen after 15 weeks of the regular season, said: "You can not have six darts at a double to beat the number one in the world, a double world champion".

"By the end of tonight that's gone, and Michael will know I've let him off". I will have to get on the practice board and get him next time.

"You've got to learn to lose before you win, and I'm not going to lose any more - the wins are coming".

"The crowd gave me so much inspiration, and it was just a couple of shots that I missed, that's all".

"After the break I played really well, I had a great comeback, but Peter started playing well again".