Premier League Darts: Adrian Lewis beats Michael van Gerwen to record first win
Adrian Lewis finally kicked his Premier League campaign into life as he claimed a 7-4 victory over Michael van Gerwen.
Last Updated: 15/03/13 6:46am
Lewis went into the contest having lost his first four matches while van Gerwen was unbeaten, but it was the double world champion who prevailed in comfortable fashion.
Dutch star van Gerwen missed four darts at a double in the fourth leg, allowing Lewis to gain the first break of throw by taking out double eight.
Lewis then checked out 87 to make it 4-1 and although van Gerwen kept the pressure on with some heavy scoring, the Englishman held his nerve to round out the win.
"I was dreading it to be honest. I know the form Michael's in and to go up there and beat him tonight - I'm very proud of myself," Lewis told Sky Sports.
He added: "(The last four weeks) have tested me but now I've got the first one under my belt I can press on."
Meanwhile, James Wade produced a superb display to hand the in-form Robert Thornton his first defeat of the campaign as the Scotsman was thrashed 7-1.
Wade set the tone by breaking his opponent's throw as he took out double 12 in the second leg, a lead he soon increased to 5-0 as he peppered the treble 20 regularly.
The 29-year-old broke again in the sixth leg with a brilliant 121 checkout before Thornton hit back to avoid the whitewash, but another 121 finish from Wade soon put the contest to bed.
Wade told Sky Sports: "I became so tired of the game about a year ago that it was just a battle against myself. Now I want to play darts, I'm enjoying it and it's becoming an easy game to play again."
Simon Whitlock rounded out the evening with a 7-5 win over Wes Newton, the Australian going 4-1 down before storming back to take the victory.