Premier League Darts: Nathan Aspinall on cloud nine after emotion night

Nathan Aspinall (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Nathan Aspinall has reflected on an 'emotional' night which saw him claim a place in the Unibet Premier League Play-Offs.

Two years to the day since his first PDC title win, Saturday saw Aspinall continue his meteoric rise with an 8-2 defeat of Glen Durrant to book his place at The O2 on October 22.

It was a perfect ending to a sensational debut campaign for the 29-year-old, who landed a trademark 170 checkout en route to a memorable victory.

Aspinall, who will face Peter Wright in the semi-finals, told "I can't explain how proud of myself I am and how happy I am. To produce my best stuff when it really matters shows the type of player I am. I was due a good night on my finishing and I had that tonight - the 170 was huge and the 124 was special.

"I knew I needed a draw and you saw my reaction when I got to seven how much it meant to me. It was pure emotion. I tried not to let the occasion get to me and I tried to stay focused, but what an achievement so early in my career.

"All I can take is positives from these two weeks. I've put my family and friends through the ringer in the last two weeks and I'm so proud.

"I've been written off quite a few times but I know where my game's at and I believe I'm in the top four in the world when I'm on my game."

Aspinall will be joined in London by fellow debutant Glen Durrant, who joined Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen as the third player to top the league, former runner-up Peter Wright and two-time champion Gary Anderson.

"I love the game and I want to win the Premier League," Aspinall continued.

"In the Play-Offs the other three players have six World Championships between them and then there's this lad from Stockport! There's a massive prize at the end of it and it's another life-changing moment.

"I want to win it and I think I'm ready to do it."

Premier League Play-Offs

Thursday October 22
The O2, London
TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

Semi-Finals (Best of 19 legs)

  • Glen Durrant v Gary Anderson
  • Peter Wright v Nathan Aspinall

Finals (Best of 21 legs)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

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