German Darts Championship
Peter Wright claimed the HappyBet German Darts Championship with a 6-3 win over Michael van Gerwen on Sunday at Halle 39 in Hildesheim
PETER WRIGHT claimed his second European Tour win by defeating Michael van Gerwen 6-3 in the HappyBet German Darts Championship final on Sunday evening at Halle 39 in Hildesheim.
World number three followed up his UK Open three weeks ago with a memorable victory over World Champion Van Gerwen in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. Wright had been taken all the way by another Dutchman, Christian Kist, in his opening fixture on Saturday, but dropped only two legs in each of his wins over Stephen Bunting and Kim Huybrechts to reach Sunday’s semi-finals.
There, he was pushed all the way by Gerwyn Price in a repeat of the UK Open final, only for the Welshman to miss tops for victory in the deciding leg as Wright secured his place in the decider. Van Gerwen, who won six European Tour events in 2016, followed up his second round romp against Jermaine Wattimena with defeats of Cristo Reyes, Ian White and Jelle Klaasen to reach the final.
Having defeated Wright in three finals on the European Tour last year, Van Gerwen made a confident start as he took the opening leg and then doubled his lead with an 11-darter to break throw. Wright hit back to level before tops moved Van Gerwen 3-2 up, but legs of 13 and 14 darts from the Scot either side of a 120 finish moved him into a 5-3 lead before he held his nerve with a 60 checkout to complete the comeback.
“My darts room last year was full of runner-up trophies, and after Christmas I cleared it all and said I was going to fill it with winning ones – and I’ve got two so far!” said Wright. “The fans were amazing and a lot of it was down to them. Michael didn’t play like he can. He started off fantastically but I tried to stay with him.”
Van Gerwen takes home £10,000 as runner-up, but said: “I only can be happy with winning the tournament, and I can only blame myself. Peter played well, but I missed doubles and if you miss doubles you need to handle that.” Price had seen off Kevin Painter and Mensur Suljovic on Sunday to win through to his first European Tour semi-final, while Klaasen defeated Premier League rival Dave Chisnall and fellow Dutchman Benito van de Pas on his way to the last four.
White had produced the performance of the third round in the afternoon session as he overcame Darren Johnson 6-2 with a 104.68 average and 60 percent of his doubles, but was unable to repeat the performance against Van Gerwen. Van de Pas whitewashed another Dutchman, Jan Dekker, in the last 16, while Suljovic saw off Joe Cullen and Huybrechts ended Alan Norris’ defence of the German Darts Championship title.
The next PDC European Tour event will be the HappyBet German Darts Masters, to be held from April 15-17 in Jena, with a further £135,000 prize money on offer for 48 competitors.
HappyBet German Darts Championship
Sunday March 26th
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm UK time)
97.88 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Cristo Reyes 94.77
104.68 Ian White 6-2 Darren Johnson 90.24
79.55 Dave Chisnall 3-6 Jelle Klaasen 82.56
92.97 Benito van de Pas 6-0 Jan Dekker 71.87
97.59 Peter Wright 6-2 Stephen Bunting 93.74
89.38 Alan Norris 4-6 Kim Huybrechts 87.64
90.63 Kevin Painter 4-6 Gerwyn Price 92.90
94.93 Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Joe Cullen 94.67
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm UK time)
101.81 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Ian White 92.83
100.43 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Benito van de Pas 99.21
89.02 Peter Wright 6-2 Kim Huybrechts 88.64
101.10 Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mensur Suljovic 93.89
104.61 Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jelle Klaasen 90.84
92.98 Peter Wright 6-5 Gerwyn Price 96.53
93.29 Michael van Gerwen 3-6 Peter Wright 95.36
2016 Alan Norris 6-5 Jelle Klaasen : Hildesheim
2015 Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Gary Anderson : Hildesheim
2014 Gary Anderson 6-5 Justin Pipe : Hildesheim
2013 Dave Chisnall 6-2 Peter Wright : Hildesheim
2012 Phil Taylor 6-2 Dave Chisnall : Berlin
2009 Phil Taylor 11-4 Mervyn King : Halle/Westf.
2008 Co Stompé 4-2 Phil Taylor : Halle/Westf.
2007 Phil Taylor 4-1 Denis Ovens : Halle/Westf.