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ALAN NORRIS claimed his first ever European Tour title and booked his spot in the Grand Slam of Darts, as he beat Jelle Klaasen 6-5 in the final of the HappyBet German Darts Championship.
The final began with Klaasen, who was also appearing in his first European Tour final, in scintillating form. The Dutchman opened with a 11 dart hold of throw before going on to break in the next leg with a 132 finish on the bull.
Klaasen then moved in to a 3-1 lead taking out 134 to open up a two leg gap. The 31-year-old then had three chances to make it 4-1 but it was Norris who closed the gap on double ten.
The Englishman, who won his first PDC title on the Pro Tour earlier in the year, levelled the match in the eighth leg checking out 90 on tops to get back in to the match.
The pair then traded holds of throw to take the match in to a deciding leg where Norris took at 72 on double four to claim the title. ‘Chuck’ who was beaten in the World Championship quarter-final by Klaasen spoke highly of his opponent:
“It’s nice to get one back over Jelle after Ally Pally, but I’m sure he’ll be disappointed as he’s probably played the best darts this weekend.” Said the 44-year-old. “He’s incredible, I was leaving finishes and he was taking out massive checkouts, so I’m really pleased to win this.” Norris Added.
The day started for Norris with victory over Ian White. White raced in to a 4-1 lead before Norris fought back to win the next five legs. Steve West waited in the quarter-final where Norris secured his spot in the last four with a 6-2 win.
The eventual winner then needed a last leg decider against Mensur Suljovic to book his place in the final of the HappyBet German Darts Championship. At 5-4 the Austrian missed a match dart before Norris broke the throw. In the decider Norris hit two 140s to put the pressure on Suljovic before eventually going on to hit double ten to secure his spot in his first European Tour Final.
Jelle Klaasen beat Cristo Reyes and Joe Cullen 6-2 and 6-4 respectively to secure a semi-final spot against Dave Chisnall, where he had to come back from 4-1 down. Klaasen fought back to level the score at 4-4 where Dave Chisnall then missed six darts to hold throw and move within a leg of the final. It was the Dutchman though who closed out the ninth leg before going on to hold throw and move in to the final.
The HappyBet German Darts Championship concludes the 2016 European Tour which has seen Michael van Gerwen scoop a record six titles, whilst Mensur Suljovic and Alan Norris picked up debut wins. The European Champions takes place is Hasselt, Belgium from October 28-30.
2016 HappyBet German Darts Championship
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
96.82 Dave Chisnall 6-3 Justin Pipe 91.25
93.02 Mark Webster 6-5 Terry Jenkins 89.67
103.11 Cristo Reyes 2-6 Jelle Klaasen 102.86
90.37 Peter Wright 3-6 Joe Cullen 96.33
93.24 Ian White 4-6 Alan Norris 92.15
95.39 Kim Huybrechts 5-6 Steve West 91.65
91.72 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 David Pallett 91.49
102.02 Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Daryl Gurney 96.67
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
98.51 Dave Chisnall 6-2 Mark Webster 92.06
99.75 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Joe Cullen 93.64
92.13 Alan Norris 6-2 Steve West 88.93
96.34 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Daryl Gurney 91.17
90.52 Dave Chisnall 4-6 Jelle Klaasen 94.79
93.96 Alan Norris 6-5 Mensur Suljovic 97.23
89.19 Jelle Klaasen 5-6 Alan Norris 97.48
All games are the best of 11 legs
1 Gerwen, Michael van £160,500
2 Suljovic, Mensur £60,500
3 Wright, Peter £51,500
4 Wade, James £41,000
5 Huybrechts, Kim £38,500
6 Chisnall, Dave £38,000
7 Norris, Alan £37,500
8 Klaasen, Jelle £31,500
8 Smith, Michael £31,500
10 Pas, Benito van de £26,500
11 Taylor, Phil £25,000
12 Jenkins, Terry £23,000
12 White, Ian £23,000
14 Bunting, Stephen £21,000
15 Gurney, Daryl £20,500
16 Whitlock, Simon £18,500
17 Price, Gerwyn £16,500
17 Cullen, Joe £16,500
19 Anderson, Gary £14,000
20 Anderson, Kyle £12,000
20 Thornton, Robert £12,000
22 King, Mervyn £11,500
23 West, Steve £10,500
24 Wilson, James £10,000
24 Wattimena, Jermaine £10,000
24 Petersen, Devon £10,000
24 Hopp, Max £10,000
28 Reyes, Cristo £9,500
28 Pipe, Justin £9,500
30 Dobey, Chris £9,000
30 Richardson, James £9,000
32 Caven, Jamie £8,500