Premier League Darts: Michael Smith and Rob Cross reach play-offs

Michael Smith throws a dart
Michael Smith made his Premier League debut in 2016 but did not appear in 2017

Michael Smith and Premier League debutant Rob Cross both secured play-off places, despite failing to win their penultimate fixtures.

Smith, who needed to win three legs against Daryl Gurney to secure his spot, drew 6-6 in Birmingham.

That result also guaranteed a top-four finish for PDC world champion Cross, who lost 7-2 to Michael van Gerwen.

Gary Anderson is all but certain to complete the line-up for London's O2 Arena on 17 May.

Scotland's Anderson would have confirmed his place in the play-offs with a point against Raymond van Barneveld, but he lost 7-3 to the veteran Dutchman.

Even so, it would take an unlikely sequence of results in Aberdeen on 10 May to deny Anderson. Gurney must win convincingly against Peter Wright and hope Anderson loses heavily to Van Gerwen for the Northern Irishman to progress.

Victory for Dutch world number one Van Gerwen ensured he will finish top of the group table for the sixth year in succession, as he bids for a fourth Premier League title.

Round 14 results

Peter Wright 7-4 Simon Whitlock

Rob Cross 2-7 Michael van Gerwen

Daryl Gurney 6-6 Michael Smith

Gary Anderson 3-7 Raymond van Barneveld

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