World Series Finals
Michael Van Gerwen won his fourth World Series Finals Title beating compatriot Danny Noppert in the final from Amsterdam.
Michael van Gerwen clinched the 2019 Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals, beating fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert 11-2 on home soil in Amsterdam.
The World Number One blitzed through the pack on the final day of action at the AFAS Live, dropping just 12 legs in victories against Jonny Clayton, Mensur Suljovic and Noppert on his way to the title. Averaging just under 102 for the tournament, Van Gerwen was at his dominant best throughout.
Noppert, playing in his first PDC televised final, started the brighter by clinching the opening leg but quickly faded. Perhaps jaded from his epic last-leg Semi-Final victory over Dave Chisnall, Noppert struggled to keep pace with Van Green who was finding the treble 20 with ease – landing nine maximums in total.
A string of nine successive legs followed from the reigning World Champion, as he raced to within two of the title at the second interval. Looking for a showpiece finish, Van Gerwen landed seven perfect darts and scored 499 in nine, before floundering on double-one, allowing Noppert to take out 42 to get a second leg on the board.
But the title was quickly sealed by Van Gerwen as he clinched the remaining two legs to add to his victories in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In a tournament marked as the farewell of a legend in his home country as Raymond van Barneveld bowed out after being beaten 10-8 by Dave Chisnall in the last eight, it was perhaps fitting that the final was contested by two younger Dutchmen.
It was a good run for the five-time World Champion as he produced some of his best darts of the year, but ultimately bid his farewell to the Dutch crowd in the quarter-finals. But Chisnall was then denied a repeat of the World Grand Prix Final with Van Gerwen at the hands of Noppert.
The 28-year-old produced an incredible 102 checkout in the deciding leg to capitalise on a missed match dart from Chisnall and book his place in the final. That victory for Noppert was also bad news for Suljovic, with the Dutchman qualifying for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts at the expense of the Austrian.
That was not the only drama that Noppert had faced on the final day in Amsterdam. The quarter-finals saw him miss a staggering 12 match-darts against Ian White before eventually sealing the win in a last leg decider.
The run to the final marks the Dutchman’s best PDC result and he spoke of his pride after the decider. Noppert will return to action next weekend as the Grand Slam of Darts takes place in Wolverhampton with the draw for the event taking place on Tuesday (November 5).
Sunday November 3rd
Afternoon Session (13.45 local time, 12.45 GMT)
QUARTER FINALS (19)
Krzysztof Ratajski 9-10 Mensur Suljovic
Jonny Clayton 6-10 Michael van Gerwen
Ian White 9-10 Danny Noppert
Raymond van Barneveld 8-10 Dave Chisnall
Evening Session (20.00 local time, 19.00 GMT)
SEMI FINALS (21)
Mensur Suljovic 4-11 Michael van Gerwen
Danny Noppert 11-10 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 11-2 Danny Noppert
Second Round £7,500
First Round £5,000