On-song Michael van Gerwen is confident his first tournament success of 2014 can lay the platform for him to continue his excellent start to the Premier League Darts season.

Simon WhitlockBuoyed by two victories from his first two League matches, a confident van Gerwen made a successful return to his native Holland at the weekend by claiming the Dutch Darts Masters.

A 6-4 triumph over Mervyn King in the final followed earlier tournament victories over Steve Maish, Kevin Painter, Wes Newton and Brendan Dolan.

And van Gerwen, who is sponsored by leading trade paint manufacturer Leyland Paints, is now looking to maintain his momentum ahead of a Premier League meeting with Dave Chisnall in Belfast on Thursday night.

“To win a big PDC tournament in Holland over the weekend was fantastic for me and further boosted my confidence,” said the 24-year-old world champion.

“It was brilliant to lift a trophy in front of my own fans and hopefully there are plenty more tournament wins to come this year.

“I’m really positive about my game at the moment and hopefully I can keep pushing hard in the Premier League and stay unbeaten in that for as long as possible.”

Van Gerwen is full of respect for Chisnall, who has made an impressive start to his debut Premier League campaign.

“Dave is a quality player and he will be pleased to have a victory and a draw from his first two games,” added van Gerwen.

“I’ve just got to focus on my own performances and keep trying to get match averages over 100. If I do that, I’m going to give myself plenty of chances to win matches.”

Leyland Paints was founded in 1922 and has a long and distinguished history as a manufacturer and supplier of decorative paints, particularly targeted at tradesmen.

Van Gerwen’s fellow Premier League star Simon Whitlock and former World Champion Mark Webster are also sponsored by Leyland Paints.

Determined Simon Whitlock is confident his “best form is just around the corner” as he chases his first Premier League Darts victory of the season in Belfast on Thursday.

Whitlock, who is sponsored by leading trade paint manufacturer Leyland Paints, takes on Raymond van Barneveld in the third week of the campaign.

It’s a vital game for the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and one he is approaching in a positive frame of mind.

“The first two games haven’t gone as I would have hoped but there is still a very long way to go,” said Whitlock, who is based in Waterlooville.

“I’m still very confident in my own ability and when I’m playing at my best, I know I’m more than capable of picking up the wins I need.

“I believe my best form is just around the corner and hopefully I can show it against Raymond in Belfast.

“He’s playing well at the moment but had a disappointing result against Dave Chisnall last week so it’s a big game for both of us.”

Whitlock insists his belief that he will climb the table remains as strong as ever.

“From the start, the aim was to be in that top four and qualify for the play-offs and that is still the target now,” he added.

“I’m working hard on the practice board and playing well and it’s just a case of trying to transfer that to the match board now.

“Getting that first win would be a major boost and really set me up for the rest of the season.”

Leyland Paints was founded in 1922 and has a long and distinguished history as a manufacturer and supplier of decorative paints, particularly targeted at tradesmen.

Whitlock’s fellow Premier League star Michael van Gerwen and former World Champion Mark Webster are also sponsored by Leyland Paints.

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