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Van Gerwen wins in Vegas

16 July 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 16/07/17 1:13pm

Michael van Gerwen won in Las Vegas

Michael van Gerwen won in Las Vegas

Michael van Gerwen secured back-to-back World Series of Darts titles after beating Daryl Gurney 8-6 in the final of the US Darts Masters in Las Vegas.

The Dutchman lost only one leg on his way to the final with victories over Chris White, Dave Richardson and Gerwyn Price.

He began the final in a similar fashion by taking an early 2-0 lead, including an opening leg 124 checkout, as legs of 12 and 13 darts put him in command.

Gurney, as he had during his semi-final win over Gary Anderson, hit back strongly by claiming five of the next six legs to move himself ahead at 3-2 and 5-3.

Van Gerwen responded as a 112 finish levelled in leg 10 and a 13-darter moved him back into the lead as four straight legs put him into the ascendancy at 7-5.

Daryl Gurney was appearing in his first World Series of Darts final (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Daryl Gurney was appearing in his first World Series of Darts final (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Daryl Gurney was appearing in his first World Series of Darts final (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Gurney took out 120 to keep his hopes of a maiden TV title alive, but Van Gerwen took out 98 to complete a brilliant 12-darter as he secured the win and back-to-back World Series triumphs.

“It’s so good to win the first US Darts Masters in Las Vegas,” said the world No 1. “The whole event has been superb. The fans, the players and the PDC have been brilliant, so I can’t wait to get back next year.”

It is Van Gerwen’s 10th World Series of Darts title, while Gurney, 31, was appearing in his first final.

“He was too good for me today but I’m getting much closer,” said Gurney. “This is where I want to be and I think I’ve done myself a lot of favours here.

“There are a lot of big events coming up and this will give me a lot of confidence. When I get to a final I really want to win, so I’m not happy to lose but I’ve played well.”

Van Gerwen began the day with an 8-1 victory over Canada’s Dave Richardson, with the world champion averaging 95.70 and hitting two maximums.

The Dutchman was in an even more ruthless mood in the semi-finals, beating Gerwyn Price 8-0 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Tropicana Las Vegas.

Van Gerwen averaged over 100 in his semi-final clash with the Welshman, who struggled to cope with the scoring power of the world champion as he set up a decider with Daryl Gurney.

Gurney, making his first appearance in a World Series event, faced world number three Peter Wright in the last eight, where he came through an 11th leg thriller to book his passage into the final.

The match went with throw until the ninth leg, where Wright looked to have stolen the initiative by breaking throw.

Gurney stuck with his opponent and broke back in the 12th leg to level the score at 6-6.

The pair then traded holds to take the match to a deciding leg, where Gurney found double 16 to secure a semi-final spot against world number two Anderson.

Gurney, started the last four showdown slowly, with Anderson – who had seen off Raymond van Barneveld in the last eight – racing in to a 4-1 lead.

With the match seemingly going Anderson’s way, the Northern Irish ace produced a stunning run of seven straight legs to claim a spot in his first World Series final.

Quarter-Finals (Best of 15 legs)

Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Dave Richardson

Dawson Murschell 4-8 Gerwyn Price

Gary Anderson 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld

Peter Wright 7-8 Daryl Gurney

Semi-Finals (Best of 15 legs)

Michael van Gerwen 8-0 Gerwyn Price

Gary Anderson 4-8 Daryl Gurney

Final (Best of 15 legs)

Michael van Gerwen 8-6 Daryl Gurney

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