Aspinall heads Premier League horserace
By Paul Woodage 05/05/2021
THE race for the 2021 Unibet Premier League is gathering speed. At the halfway stage, two horses have pulled up and the remaining eight are preparing to gallop towards the finish line.
It’s the impressive Nathan Aspinall who leads the way after phase one, proudly sitting pretty on top of the table. Many tipped the 29-year old to fall at the first fence but his performances to date have been outstanding. Last year on his Premier League debut, the Asp reached the final - he will be desperately hoping to go one step further this time around.
Another who has rediscovered his Midas touch is Dimitri Van den Bergh. Hampered with a knee brace for the majority of 2020, the young Belgian appears to be hitting top speed now the shackles are quite literally off. Only leg difference currently separates him from Aspinall with both players looking good to grab a play-off spot.
It has been a campaign to forget for defending champion Glen Durrant. The Teesider came into the tournament out of form yet hopeful he could turn his fortunes around. Unfortunately, Duzza’s misery continued as he was left languishing at the bottom of the pile and condemned to an early exit.
Rob Cross was the other player not to make the cut. Desperate to once again find his golden touch on the oche, the 2018 World Champion began his Premier League quest positively but soon tailed off and eventually joined Durrant in the drop zone.
Debutants José de Sousa and Jonny Clayton massively impressed and even managed to each hit the perfect 9-dart leg. Both players have taken to life in the Premier League like a proverbial duck to water and look right at home.
We are still to see the best of Michael Van Gerwen as he continues to be inconsistently brilliant. There have been glimpses of the fearsome Green Machine but examples have been few and far between as the great Dutchman continues to fight for consistency.
With only three points separating third-placed MVG and Gary Anderson in eighth, it’s still all to play for as they come onto the second circuit.-----ENDS-----
The original version of this piece feature's in Darts World Magazine 574
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