Sunday, September 27, 2020

Van Gerwen sets up grand finale with Gary Anderson in Glasgow!

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Michael van Gerwenbooked his place in the final of the LadbrokesWorld series of darts finals following an 11-8 victory over Daryl Gurney.It was Gurney who started the match off brilliantly as he took the first two legs with back-to-back 15-darters. The Northern-Irishman’s two-leg lead was restored as he moved into a 3-1 lead as Van Gerwen wasn’t at full throttle. MVG fired in an 11-dart leg as he went into the first break trailing 3-2. Van Gerwen came out after the break firing on all cylinders as he fired in a stunning 158 finish to level the match at 3-3 whilst averaging 108 at this stage. There was a feeling that Van Gerwen was going to run away with this one as he continued to fire in high scores relentlessly, but Gurney managed to claw things back to 4-4 as he picked out D20. Going into the second break there was still no seperating the pair as Gurney continued to hang in there as he took out 42 to level things up at 5-5. After the break, the momentum swung in the direction of the World number one as he moved into an 8-5 lead as he took out 114 as he moved just three legs from the final. The Green machine wasn’t relenting one bit as he fired in a 15-darter to move 9-5 which was closely followed by an excellent attempt at a nine-darter as he fired in six perfect darts in which he ended the leg with a 12-darter as he took out 63 for a 10-5 lead. Superchin wasn’t giving up easily as he stopped the rot as he took out 67 to make it 10-6. That momentum from the previous leg was evident as Gurney went on to move within three legs of Van Gerwen as he made it 10-7 as he picked out D10 just moments after MVG missed three match darts. Gurney continued his surge as he fired in a 13-darter to reduce the arrears to just two legs. Van Gerwen finally stopped the rot as he took out D5 with his sixth match dart to set up a final with Gary Anderson.
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