Michael van Gerwen did good business on Wednesday in the battle for a place in the top four in the Premier League Darts.

De Brabander impressed during the eighth round in Milton Keynes, England with a 7-4 win over Jose de Sousa.

Van Gerwen took away from De Sousa after the first four legs had gone with the darts.

He broke at 2-2 for the first time and then ran out to a 5-2 lead.

Then he simply kept his own legs.

For a long time, De Vlijmenaar stood at an average of almost 110 points and eventually came to 104.72.

The highlight of the game was the seventh leg when four 180'ers were thrown in a row and Van Gerwen took the leg with an eleven darter.

Van Gerwen took over second place on legsaldo from Nathan Aspinall, who was 7-5 too strong for Rob Cross.

He is one point behind leader Dimitri Van den Bergh, who settled 7-5 with Gary Anderson and missed the double 12 for a nine-darter with a 3-1 lead.

Cross, Wright and Wade can also be relegated

Later on Wednesday, the games James Wade-Jonny Clayton and Peter Wright-Glen Durrant are scheduled.

Defending champion Durrant, who has lost all seven games and has been in a crisis of form in recent months, has already been relegated.

On Thursday the number nine and penultimate was also eliminated.

That's Cross right now, but could also become Wright and Wade.

Van Gerwen is chasing his sixth title in the Premier League, equaling the record set by legend Phil Taylor.

He won the trophy in 2013 and from 2016 to 2019, but did not make the play-offs for the first time last year.