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Michael van Gerwen dismisses Peter Wright’s record average as it was away from the TV cameras


Michael van Gerwen is nonplussed that Peter Wright set a new record for highest broadcast average earlier this season, pipping his previous benchmark.

Snakebite recorded an average of 123.5 at Players Championship 29 in October in an event streamed online, but with no crowd and not televised.

This edged out Van Gerwen’s record of 123.4 which he set in a 7-1 win over Michael Smith in the 2016 Premier League.

The Dutchman does not think the two situations can be compared, although he insists that he is not annoyed by the situation.

‘It wasn’t televised, it was a floor tournament,’ MVG told Live Darts of Wright’s record. ‘It doesn’t really annoy me, there was no crowd there, there was nothing to really perform in front of.

‘I think televised is televised, it’s nothing to do with the internet, that’s just my opinion and who am I? Just a dart player.’

The record was brought up because Van Gerwen looked to be threatening it in his Grand Slam of Darts contest with Ross Smith on Tuesday night.

The world champion was 3-0 ahead and averaging around 128, but eventually ended on 111.38 in a 5-2 victory.

‘I think I played well, of course I was trying to get the highest average in this tournament ever. I tried to do my best but I had two poor legs,’ the world number one continued.

‘With this performance I can’t really complain.

‘Yes, of course [I knew I was on for the record], I know this game, I’ve been playing for a little while, so I know exactly what I do. I think it was more possible today and I let myself down a little bit.’

The tournament record average at the Grand Slam was set in 2014 by Phil Taylor when the Power averaged 114.65 against Christian Kist.

MVG will be aiming to top that this week, but will find it difficult as the format extends to best of 19 from the last 16, where Van Gerwen faces Ian White.

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