GERWYN Price was disappointed he couldn’t give his Welsh fans something more to cheer about following a third successive draw in the Unibet Premier League.

Markham’s world number three won the last leg of his match against previously pointless Daryl Gurney to force a 6-6 scoreline at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.

Despite not being able to claim a maiden win in this season’s competition, back-to-back Grand Slam of Darts champion Price admitted Gurney didn’t deserve to lose on the night.

"The crowd were fantastic, I wish I could've won for them, but it wasn't to be," said Price. "Fair play to Daryl for hitting his doubles under pressure, he deserved something from the match.

"I'm not happy but I've picked up a point so it's not all bad. Everyone is playing well against me lately but it's time to start converting draws into wins."

A tight affair, in which both players missed several darts at doubles, saw the opening eight legs all go with throw before Price struck the first break to lead 5-4.

Undeterred, Gurney won back-to-back legs to secure at least a draw, but Price held firm in the last leg to maintain his unbeaten start.

The big shock of the night saw Nathan Aspinall inflict a first Premier League defeat of 2020 on Michael van Gerwen.

Having been at his imperious best in the opening two nights of action, five-time champion van Gerwen was halted in his tracks by Aspinall who won 7-5.

Following a mixed start to his maiden campaign, Aspinall got off to a great start against the world number one as he pinned a 110 checkout on his way to a 4-2 lead.

Van Gerwen hit back with three successive legs, only for Aspinall to stop the rot with a last-dart double 18.

The 11th leg saw the Dutchman hit some uncharacteristically low scores, and Aspinall took full advantage, landing double top in each of the last two legs to rack up a third win in six attempts against his opponent.

"I feel like I've arrived in the Premier League now, it doesn't get much better than beating the best player in the world on the Premier League stage," said Aspinall.

"It was important for me to prove to everyone and myself that I can play well in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Price's World Cup team-mate Jonny Clayton, suffered a 7-1 defeat to Michael Smith.

Welsh number two Clayton, the highest-ranked of this year's nine Challengers, took the opening leg but had no answer to Smith's onslaught, as the former Premier League runner-up averaged 105.51.

With van Gerwen slipping up, Glen Durrant took his opportunity to go top of the table after three rounds following his eye-catching 7-4 victory over Gary Anderson.

World champion Peter Wright eventually found his way to a first victory of the campaign with a 7-5 defeat of Rob Cross.

The Premier League continues in Dublin next Thursday with Price up against Wright.