Michael van Gerwen retained his Dutch Darts Masters title with a brilliant victory over Daryl Gurney. The world number one was in sensational form, averaging 112.26 in Sunday’s showpiece final against the Northern Irishman in Venray.
Van Gerwen has won the Dutch Darts Masters crown for three years in succession and this is his eighth European Tour crown. This was Gurney’s maiden European Tour final, which sees him climb into the world’s elite top 32 for the first time in his career.
The final kicked off in explosive fashion. MvG held throw courtesy of a magnificent 152 checkout, but Gurney responded strongly; posting his first maximum before taking out 116 to level up proceedings.
The pair traded maximums in the third leg, but ‘The Green Machine’ held throw in 13-darts on D14. The Dutchman was throwing superbly and threatened a nine-darter in leg four, missing the elusive eighth dart at T19. Nevertheless, Michael broke throw in 11 darts to establish a two-leg cushion, as his average exceeded the 118 mark.
Benito van de Pas and Michael van Gerwen delighted the home crowd in round-three of the Dutch Darts Masters, whilst Daryl Gurney produced an incredible comeback from 4-1 down to stun world number five Peter Wright on Sunday afternoon in Venray.
Michael van Gerwen maintained his hopes of defending his Dutch Darts Masters title by defeating Justin Pipe in a repeat of last year’s final. van Gerwen averaged 102.65 as he cruised to a 6-3 win over Pipe, who could only boast a 90 average.
Nevertheless, the biggest stories of the afternoon were created by Benito van de Pas and Daryl Gurney, who produced stunning displays to overcome James Wade and Peter Wright respectively.
Van de Pas was in sensational form as he dismantled eight-time major winner James Wade 6-1. Wade performed well and averaged over 100, but the 23-year-old averaged 103.67 and was extremely clinical in the latter stages of legs, to beat ‘The Machine’ for the second time in succession.
Mervyn King sent world champion Gary Anderson packing in the second-round of the Dutch Darts Masters, with a fantastic performance on Saturday evening. King was in tremendous form, averaging 100.54 and posting four maximums to Anderson’s three, to set up a last 16 tie against Devon Petersen on Sunday afternoon in Venray.
King led 2-0 in the early stages, but Anderson fought back strongly to level up proceedings. Yet, Mervyn produced a fantastic 11-darter to steal a march, before eventually completing a memorable 6-4 victory over ‘The Flying Scotsman’.
Michael van Gerwen began the defence of his Dutch Darts Masters title with a routine 6-3 victory over John Henderson. Van Gerwen stormed into a 5-0 advantage, but the Scot avoided the dreaded whitewash with a fine 13-darter.
MvG then missed five match darts in the seventh leg, allowing Henderson to double his tally, before ‘Big Hendo’ clinched his third leg in succession with a fine 14-dart hold culminating on D12. However, van Gerwen eventually sealed the triumph in the ninth leg, posting his third maximum and converting an 81 checkout on the bullseye for a 12-darter.
Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Dutch Darts Masters title next month against either John Henderson or Dimitri van den Bergh, whilst World Champion Gary Anderson will take on the winner of the veteran clash between Mervyn King or Ronnie Baxter at the Evenementenhal.
The opening European Tour event of 2016 takes place in Venray, from February 12-14th, and van Gerwen will be favourite to secure success on his home-turf. However, his compatriots Raymond van Barneveld and Vincent van der Voort won’t be present in Venray, after failing to progress through the European Tour qualifier.
However, there are many other Dutch stars in action. Dirk van Duijvenbode takes on Welsh ace Gerwyn Price, whilst Dekker, who defeated van Barneveld to qualify for this event, will take on qualifier Kevin Thomas. Jermaine Wattimena will face former World Champion Mark Webster, whilst Remco van Eijden plays Paul Milford.
Other stand-out first-round ties see former world champion Stephen Bunting take on Greece’s John Michael, who secured a tour-card at Q-School earlier this year. Elsewhere, two-time world finalist Simon Whitlock takes on young Belgian prospect Mike De Decker.
Jamie Caven hit a magnificent 9-dart finish en route to sealing qualification for the Dutch Darts Masters on Sunday afternoon at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.
Caven produded the perfect leg in his 6-1 demolition of Mark Barilli, but his route was somewhat unorthodox. He posted scores of 171 and 180 to leave 150, before completing the nine-dart leg with a spectacular checkout; T20, Bull, D20.
Caven had earlier beaten Jay Foreman 6-3 in the opening qualification tie, but his victory over Barilli, who himself secured a tour-card at Q-School yesterday, saw ‘Jabba’ seal his spot in the Dutch Darts Masters in Venray. Yet, he was unable to repeat his heroics and qualify for the German Darts Masters, losing 6-5 to Robert Owen.