Michael van Gerwen can at least call himself the leader in the Premier League for a while.

The Dutchman was 8-3 too strong for James Wade on Friday after an impressive performance and now has two points ahead of Nathan Aspinall and Dimitri Van den Bergh, who both play later in the day.

32-year-old Van Gerwen was allowed to start throwing against Wade, took a leg lead in the initial phase and pressed the accelerator at a score of 3-2.

The Brabant player broke Wade twice in a row and took a 7-2 lead.

Wade was able to take a leg after that, but could not prevent Van Gerwen from winning a leg later.

The Englishman recorded a higher average with 110.28 than Van Gerwen (107.44), but the triple world champion was very strong on the doubles: 66.67 percent (eight out of twelve).

Earlier in the evening, Peter Wright suffered his third loss in a row.

The Scot, who won the world title in 2020, lost no less than 8-1 to Premier League debutant José de Sousa.

Later that day, two more games are scheduled: Jonny Clayton-Aspinall and Van den Bergh-Gary Anderson.

The top four of the Premier League will qualify for the play-offs on May 28.

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