Template - Date: The Belgian Darts Championship

Gerwyn Price became the inaugural winner of the Belgian Darts Championship in Hasselt on Sunday, defeating Michael Smith 8-3 in the final.

 

In-form Price averaged over 100 in three of his five matches across two days at Expo Hasselt, as the Welsh number one claimed his third European Tour title on St David’s Day.

With the final level at 2-2, world number three Price won five consecutive legs to take full control of the contest before hitting his favourite double top to land his 11th PDC ranking title and the £25,000 top prize.

The only undefeated player in the 2020 Premier League, Price is now also the only player with two PDC ranking titles to his name for the year. Sunday saw the £140,000 event reach its climax, with the last 16 taking place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

Having whitewashed Jamie Hughes with a 105.93 average in the last 16, Price then defeated Mensur Suljovic 6-2 before recovering from 3-0 down to overcome Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-4. Improving Dutchman Van Duijvenbode engaged and entertained the Belgian crowd throughout the weekend as a string of sparking displays saw him reach his first European Tour semi-final.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen’s wait for a first PDC title of 2020 goes on after he lost a deciding leg to Smith in the last 16.

Sunday March 1st

(13.00 local time, 12.00 GMT)

THIRD ROUND (11)
97.43 Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Michael Smith 93.35
93.11 Mervyn King 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker 94.18
99.18 Peter Wright 6-3 Danny Noppert 92.76
93.22 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Rob Cross 90.81
94.76 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan 91.06
97.42 James Wade 4-6 Nathan Aspinall 103.29
103.66 Gerwyn Price 6-0 Jamie Hughes 101.81
103.58 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Steve West 96.02

(19.00 local time, 18.00 GMT)

QUARTERS (11)
107.85 Michael Smith 6-1 Mervyn King 93.19
102.09 Peter Wright 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski 97.51
102.94 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Nathan Aspinall 103.75
100.16 Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mensur Suljovic 88.31

SEMIS (13)
102.04 Michael Smith 7-5 Peter Wright 100.10
91.38 Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-7 Gerwyn Price 92.58

FINAL (15)
96.26 Michael Smith 3-8 Gerwyn Price 100.03

Full Results:

FIRST ROUND
80.16 Darren Penhall 6-3 Ryan Searle 92.10
91.56 Andy Boulton 5-6 Andy Hamilton 90.81
86.77 Kai Fan Leung 4-6 Steve Beaton 92.98
82.91 Luke Humphries 1-6 Ronny Huybrechts 89.32
81.71 Michael Barnard 0-6 Damon Heta 102.48
86.09 Wesley Plaisier 6-5 Benjamin Pratnemer 82.16
83.14 Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Stephen Bunting 87.74
94.49 Justin Pipe 4-6 Mervyn King 93.06
101.59 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Luke Woodhouse 93.33
94.25 Mike De Decker 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp 91.34
98.93 Callan Rydz 3-6 Gabriel Clemens 94.37
88.78 Danny Noppert 6-2 Geert De Vos 86.62
86.18 Ryan Harrington 2-6 Kim Huybrechts 89.88
87.16 Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-6 Steve Lennon 89.77
78.42 Steve West 6-0 Jeffrey van Egdom 67.03
86.58 Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Derk Telnekes 83.78

SECOND ROUND
103.28 Michael Smith 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts 97.12
87.46 Joe Cullen 3-6 Martijn Kleermaker 91.80
98.29 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Gabriel Clemens 94.56
99.91 Glen Durrant 4-6 Mervyn King 105.98
91.17 Rob Cross 6-1 Damon Heta 92.06
88.19 Ian White 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode 87.42
100.40 Jermaine Wattimena 2-6 Danny Noppert 108.96
97.79 James Wade 6-3 Steve Lennon 96.07
98.73 Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Steve Beaton 93.47
89.66 Gerwyn Price 6-1 Wesley Plaisier 82.72
90.92 Peter Wright 6-2 Andy Hamilton 85.15
99.71 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Mike De Decker 91.08
93.24 Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Kim Huybrechts 91.97
92.15 Jamie Hughes 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh 97.42
93.19 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Ryan Searle 98.28
104.14 Jonny Clayton 2-6 Steve West 100.65