HappyBet European Darts Trophy Draw!

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Michael van Gerwen and James Wade will make their return to PDC European Tour action at the HappyBet European Darts Trophy in Muelheim¬†this weekend. The pair missed last weekend’s International Darts Open in Riesa¬†due to injury and illness respectively, although both are fit to participate at the RWE Arena.

Van Gerwen and Wade have both tasted success on the European Tour in 2016, and MvG could face a second-round clash with former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown. ‘The Machine’ will meet either Ritchie Edhouse, or former major semi-finalist Justin Pipe on Saturday afternoon.

However, one man who won’t be competing in Muelheim is Dutch Darts Masters finalist Daryl Gurney, who remains sidelined with a broken finger. The Northern Irishman was forced to pull out of last weekend’s event due to his injury, and he will be replaced by a fifth home-nation qualifier.

Thursday evening will see five German players come through the Host Nation Qualifier, with the main event commencing on Friday as the 32 qualifiers face off.

One of the ties of the first-round will see the veteran Mervyn King take on Belgian hotshot Dimitri van den Bergh, whilst Andy Smith takes on Robbie Green. Elsewhere, German Darts Masters semi-finalist Joe Cullen will take on new-dad Jamie Lewis, who welcomed daughter Jorgie into the world on Thursday morning.

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Majestic MvG sinks Snakebite to secure more European Tour glory!

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Michael van Gerwen clinched the HappyBet European Darts Open title with a thrilling deciding leg victory over Peter Wright on Sunday evening in Dusseldorf. Van Gerwen averaged 104.06 and fired in an incredible seven maximums to edge past Snakebite, who averaged over 100 himself.

Van Gerwen kicked off the final with five perfect darts and converted tops for a 13-darter to win the opening leg. However, Wright responded strongly, hitting his first maximum and completing an 84 checkout for a classy 12-darter.

MvG regained the lead after pinning D6 with his last dart in hand for a 15-dart hold, before he doubled his advantage in the fourth leg. Wright wired the bull for a 167 finish, before two further misses allowed the Dutchman to post D8 to break through.

Nevertheless, Snakebite hit his second 180 and secured an instant break back on D1, having earlier missed six darts at double to close out the leg. Moments later, the second seed restored parity at three apiece with a commanding 14-darter culminating on D6.

Despite this, ‘The Green Machine’ seized the initiative once more, with back-to-back 13-dart legs. He kicked off the seventh leg with his fifth maximum and hit tops for 4-3, before following his sixth 180 with D16 in leg eight.

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