GERWYN Price kicked off his Unibet Premier League campaign by recovering from 6-4 down to earn a share of the spoils with Rob Cross in Aberdeen.

After taking out 124 to open a 4-2 lead, Markham’s Price was pegged back as Cross won four legs in succession to secure a point.

A 130 checkout from world number three Price sparked the Welshman back into life and he followed it up with a 13-dart leg to make it 6-6 at P&J Live.

The 16th staging of the Premier League got under way in front of more than 7,000 fans, with five-time champion Michael van Gerwen winning a thriller against home favourite Peter Wright.

The Dutchman went some way to avenging his defeat by Wright in the final of the World Championship on New Year’s Day, edging the clash 7-5.

A typically high-quality affair between the world’s top two saw six ton-plus finishes, but it was van Gerwen’s 104.13 average which eventually proved too much for Wright to handle.

“I think it went well tonight, I can’t complain with how I played,” said van Gerwen.

Two-time Premier League champion Gary Anderson was the only Scottish winner in Aberdeen as he made a successful return to the competition, recovering from 5-4 down to defeat Daryl Gurney 7-5.

Starring in his first Premier League match in almost two years after a back injury ruled him out of the 2019 campaign, Anderson looked to be heading for defeat when Gurney led 5-4.

However, Anderson found his best form at the right time, throwing legs of 13, 12 and 12 darts to delight a partisan Scottish crowd.

It was a perfect start to life as full-time Premier League players for Nathan Aspinall and Glen Durrant, who recorded wins over John Henderson and Michael Smith respectively.

The Premier League continues in Nottingham next Thursday.