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WORLD number one Michael van Gerwen won a sixth European Tour title of 2016 as he claimed victory in the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix in Germany.
Last week’s winner in Meulheim faced Peter Wright in the final who had made the last two for the 6th time on the European Tour. The final began with van Gerwen in ruthless mood. After an opening leg hold, the 27-year-old broke throw after Wright had just landed the first maximum of the final.
After another comfortable hold it was in the fourth leg that the van Gerwen showed his class. a 164 finish looked to all but seal the win for the world number one. At 5-0 van Gerwen missed a shot at double 13 to give him a whitewash victory, allowing Wright to land a 101 finish on double 12 to give him hope.
Despite a break in the next leg Wright could not keep up with van Gerwen who sealed a 6-2 win on tops, finishing with an average of 105.38. It was the 13th time in succession that the Scot had been beaten by van Gerwen and he spoke of his admiration for the ‘Green Machine’ after the match:
“He’s magnificent, I started slowly and you just can’t do that against him.” It is the 14th time van Gerwen has won on the European Tour and he described his delight at adding a new trophy to his cabinet: “I tried everything in my power to win this tournament.” Said the world number one.
“I will fight for every tournament, I had never won here so I’m delighted to win.” The day started for van Gerwen hitting six 180s on his way to a 6-3 win over Steve Beaton. The world number one struggled on the doubles early in the match, allowing Beaton to break in the first leg.
Van Gerwen then strung together a run of four consecutive legs, which included a 128 checkout to confirm the win. A 6-3 quarter-final victory over Gerwyn Price followed. A relatively comfortable victory did include one moment of magic as the number one seed took out a 170 finish to hold in the third leg with Price sat on 60 to break.
He then went on to end Kim Huybrechts’ reign as HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix Champion with a crushing 6-0 win. The Dutchman averaged 107 as he punished Huybrechts for a series of slack darts throughout the match. The Belgian, who had survived two match darts from Stephen Bunting in the quarter-finals, had chances early in the match but squandered five darts at doubles in the opening two legs.
MVG was ruthless from there on and cruised in to the final. His opponent, Peter Wright began the day with a 6-1 victory over Joe Cullen. A 102.68 average more than enough to see off Cullen who couldn’t keep with the number two seed. Wright then sealed his place in the semi-finals with a 6-3 win over James Wade.
Wright broke the Englishman in leg five and despite a 161 checkout from Wade later in the match, the world number five sealed the win with a classy 145 checkout. ‘Snakebite’ followed this by ending Raymond van Barneveld’s dream of qualifying for next month’s European Championship with a 6-2 win in the semi-finals.
The five time champion of the world needed a run to at least the final to qualify for the tournament in Hasselt in October but Wright was far too strong for his Premier League rival. The final European Tour event of 2016 takes place in Hildesheim, Germany on October 14-16.
HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix
Sunday September 18th
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
97.86 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Steve Beaton 88.73
100.42 Mensur Suljovic 3-6 Gerwyn Price 101.30
93.38 Michael Smith 2-6 Stephen Bunting 90.90
96.40 Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Alan Norris 88.65
102.68 Peter Wright 6-1 Joe Cullen 97.91
102.30 James Wade 6-3 Jonny Clayton 97.56
96.22 Benito van de Pas 6-2 Joe Murnan 86.55
99.73 James Wilson 3-6 Raymond van Barneveld 108.03
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
94.42 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gerwyn Price 93.87
87.67 Stephen Bunting 5-6 Kim Huybrechts 88.45
106.14 Peter Wright 6-3 James Wade 99.68
91.44 Benito van de Pas 1-6 Raymond van Barneveld 94.95
107.36 Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Kim Huybrechts 99.92
103.43 Peter Wright 6-2 Raymond van Barneveld 91.70
105.38 Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Peter Wright 102.36