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Michael van Gerwen slams 'shocking' performance after narrow win in Australia

Michael van Gerwen issued a scathing assessment of his own performance after beginning his Queensland Darts Masters campaign with a tense win over Bailey Marsh.This year’s Premier League and World Matchplay victor was taken all the way to a final-leg decider by the young Australian but held his nerve to go through 6-5. Van Gerwen wasn’t the only seed to have a tricky day, with Jonny Clayton and James Wade both crashing out at the first hurdle while Gerwyn Price also had to win a deciding leg to go through to round two.“I was 90 per cent at my best. Sorry, I was nine per cent at my best,” Van Gerwen joked to Online Darts TV after the win over Marsh.

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Gerwyn Price slams 'fake news' after report he had pulled out of Premier League darts
Gerwyn Price has dismissed a report he has withdrawn from next year’s Premier League darts as “fake news”.The world number one, who lost to Michael van Gerwen in last weekend’s World Matchplay final in Blackpool, has criticised the Premier League’s new format, which sees a mini competition each night featuring quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final.The Iceman, who has acknowledged he struggled with the extra workload, finished second-bottom of the table, missing out on a place in the play-offs which were contested by Joe Cullen, James Wade, Jonny Clayton and eventual winner Van Gerwen. READ NEXT: Gerwyn Price declares "darts won" in classy message after World Matchplay final defeat However, a report on a social media page, which was believed by a number of darts fans, that he has decided not to take part in 2023 is false.“This statement of me pulling out of the premier league by some random page is fake. [finger cross emjoi] I get selected in the first place,” Price posted on his Instagram story.He also posted a screen grab of the offending post, adding the words “fake news” above it. Which players would you like to see added to the Premier League line-up? Have your say in the comments section below. After a difficult first half of 2022, Price took a break from action and then showed flashes of brilliance at the World Cup of Darts, where the Wales team of he and Clayton were losing finalists to Australia.He was then back at his scintillating best at the Matchplay, hitting a nine-dart finish in his semi-final victory Danny Noppert and then pushing a resurgent Van Gerwen all the way in the final.
Gerwyn Price forced to pull out of Premier League Darts clash through injury
Gerwyn Price has been forced to withdraw from Night 5 of the Premier League Darts Championship following an injury to his hand.The Iceman, 37, was due to play Joe Cullen in the quarter-final stage of the revamped competition.But Price will not take to the oche at Brighton on Thursday evening after informing the PDC of his decision to withdraw.The Welshman had travelled to the south coast on Wednesday in the hope of shaking off his injury but upon practice, it was clear he would be unable to compete.As a result, Joe Cullen will be awarded a 6-0 victory and automatically advance to the semi-finals at Brighton.The Rock Star will face the winner of Michael van Gerwen's tussle with James Wade, aiming to pick up a first Premier League win since the start of February.After besting Wade and Price at the oche on Night 2, Cullen came unstuck in a 6-4 final loss to Jonny Clayton.And the Bradford-born tungsten-thrower is yet to bounce back since losing the Liverpool final to The Ferret.HAVE YOUR SAY! Is Gerwyn Price darts' greatest boo-boy? Let us know in the comments section.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox - don't miss a thing.It only takes a matter of seconds.Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.And that's it, job done.