DARTS: Anderson one match from hat-trick glory

Doyle BarkerJan 03, 2017

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN put in a hugely impressive display as he reclaimed the PDC World Darts Championship title at the Ally Pally tonight.

Since his premature exit here previous year, MVG has gone unbeaten in televised rankings events this season, scooping a remarkable 25 titles and breaking the £1.5 million barrier on the Order of Merit.

"I had to bring my A-game".

"I feel absolutely over the moon", he said.

The match, as expected, started at a frantic pace, with the two scoring heavily before Van Gerwen took out 122 in the first leg.

"We all fight for this very hard".

"At 2-2 I just dropped a bit, and if you do that you're going to get punished and the boy did that".

Michael van Gerwen Darts
GETTYMichael van Gerwen saw off Raymond van Barneveld to reach the final

Scotland's Anderson, 46, bidding to become only the third man to win three successive titles, broke to lead 2-1.

Michael van Gerwen has capped a dominant 12 months in professional darts.

It was the first time since 2009 that the top two seeds had made the final, and world No 2 Anderson was chasing a hat-trick of world championship wins. The night ended with that total at 708, with Anderson hitting 22 in the game and Van Gerwen 20.

Van Gerwen, who had broken records throughout the tournament, turned in another performance of the highest quality as he finished with an average of 107.79 in the final, knocking out five ton-plus finishes.

And during the middle of his press conference, Van Gerwen took a phone call from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to offer his congratulations.

Along with taking out the biggest title in the world of darts, van Gerwan will pocket a nice £350,000 (NZ$620,000).

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