Match Report

2024 Premier League: Van Gerwen Reflects on Berlin Blitz

In a spectacle of darts drama, Michael van Gerwen seized victory in a thrilling showdown against Luke Littler during the second night of competition in Berlin. The tension-filled atmosphere crackled with anticipation as these two formidable opponents faced off on the oche. Van Gerwen's resilience and determination were on full display, ultimately leading to a hard-fought win that had spectators gripped with excitement until the very last dart.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-02-09

Wade McElwain

4 minutes read

darts player holding trophies

Night Two in Berlin

The Berlin leg of the darts circuit witnessed a thrilling showdown as Michael van Gerwen emerged victorious in a nail-biting encounter against Luke Littler in the evenings final. The atmosphere was electric, filled with anticipation and tension as the two darting giants clashed on the stage. Van Gerwen's performance showcased his resilience and determination, culminating in a well-deserved win that left fans on the edge of their seats.

Mighty Mike Overcomes The Nuke

Littler set the stage with a commanding 12-dart break of throw, showcasing his determination from the outset. However, van Gerwen swiftly countered, displaying his prowess with a string of impressive legs to establish a narrow lead. 


Despite Littler's resilient efforts to level the playing field, van Gerwen's seasoned expertise became evident as he capitalised on missed opportunities, ultimately securing a hard-fought win. With two crucial missed match darts at double 10 from Littler, van Gerwen seized the moment, clinching the final leg and emerging victorious in Berlin. This triumph not only solidifies van Gerwen's stature as a dominant force in darts but also elevates him to joint second place in the Premier League standings, alongside Littler, with both players trailing behind the current leader, Michael Smith.

Acknowledging the Twist of Fate

Reflecting on the match in a post-match interview with Sky Sports, van Gerwen acknowledged his fortune as the 17-year-old missed two match darts at double 10 to clinch the win, stating, "A lot of times I don't miss triple 20 either, you know what I mean? But sometimes that happens in darts, but to have these high intensity games against Luke Littler, it's always good." Despite the pressure, van Gerwen maintained his composure, delivering a performance that highlighted his skill and experience in the sport.


The Dutch darting maestro continued to express satisfaction with his performance, particularly emphasising his ability to seize crucial moments in the game. "I played really well and especially in the important moments, I was able to keep up the pressure of my opponents," van Gerwen remarked, underlining the significance of his strategic approach to the match.


2024PLBerlinFinal_Van Gerwen21.jpg

Precision Under Pressure

One of the defining moments of the encounter came with the Green Machine's precision in hitting crucial doubles under pressure. Deliberating on his last-dart heroics, van Gerwen modestly attributed his success to a combination of factors, commenting, "I don't want to make too many changes to my game because I know I got the ability. It's the pressure, it's the travel, it's the home lifestyle. Everything together has to be right, and I'm working on that."

Focused on the Journey Ahead

Despite his victory, van Gerwen remains focused on the long journey ahead, highlighting the marathon nature of the Premier League. "It's such a long run and it's not a sprint, it's a marathon for everyone. You need to make sure you do everything at your own pace and that's what I'm doing," he commented.


As the dust settles on a memorable night in Berlin, Michael van Gerwen's triumph stands as a testament to his skill, resilience, and unwavering determination in the face of formidable competition. With eyes set firmly on the future, van Gerwen continues to raise the bar, leaving an indelible mark on the world of darts.


Image credit: Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)

Louis Hobbs
Louis HobbsLead Journalist

Meet Louis Hobbs, our esteemed authority on all matters sports-related. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Louis effortlessly emerges as our go-to expert. His particular expertise in the realms of darts and snooker sets him apart and brings a level of insight that goes beyond the ordinary. Louis also holds a deep affection for all things related to US sports, with a special emphasis on basketball and American football, which stand out as his particular favorites. His content may not resonate with you, if you don't consider Lamar Jackson the most skilled player in the NFL.