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European Darts Championship: van Gerwen Survives Early Scare

The defending champion came back from the brink to defeat Simon Whitlock in round one

UNIBET EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
ETHIAS ARENA,HASSELT,BELGIUM
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
ROUND 1
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V SIMON WHITLOCK
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN avoided a shock first round exit with an impressive comeback victory against Simon Whitlock at the European Darts Championship in Belgium on Friday.

The world number one was punished by his Australian opponent for an uncharacteristic run of missed doubles early in their clash as Whitlock led 4-2 and 5-3 in the race to six legs.

Whitlock, who had taken out 170 earlier in the match, also missed a dart at double 15 for what would’ve been a match-winning 150 finish after van Gerwen had forced a decider.

The Dutch ace, who is chasing a third straight European Championship glory, completed the fightback though and will take on Gerwyn Price on Saturday.

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