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Grand Slam of Darts: Brilliant van Gerwen Reaches Final

The defending champion proved too good for Peter Wright in thrilling last four encounter

2016 SINGHA BEER GRAND SLAM OF DARTS
CIVIC HALL,WOLVERHAMPTON
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
SEMI FINAL
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V PETER WRIGHT
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

REIGNING GRAND SLAM OF DARTS CHAMPION MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved one step away from successfully defending his title after winning a high quality last four clash with Peter Wright.

The world number one averaged over 111 and hit 17 180s in an exquisite performance to reach Sunday evening’s final, where he will take on Gary Anderson or James Wade.

van Gerwen was pushed hard by Wright, who kept within two legs of the Dutchman for the first twenty legs but ‘Mighty Mike’ produced a sprint finish – and he was finally pleased with his display.

He said: “I’ve been sloppy at times this week but I knew I would have to be near my best to beat Peter and I was.

“He played a great game, which I expected because he has proved himself as one of the top players over the last couple of years but I’m in the final and I’m looking forward to it.

“I played a phenomenal in this game and I will need to keep it up to win the final. I came here with one thing in my mind and that was to win the tournament and now that is in my reach.”

van Gerwen took the first session 3-2 with finishes of 125 and 126 but Wright rallied back from being 5-3 behind to level the match at after ten legs.

The Dutchman continued to produced by far his best performance of the tournament so far but was unable to shake his opponent off and went into the third interval just one leg ahead at 8-7.

He added 139 to his list of ton-topping checkouts – and threatened a nine-darter when he kicked off a leg with back-to-back 180s – as he moved into an 11-9 lead.

And van Gerwen put his foot on the gas to close out a stunning win, clinching five of the last six legs to seal his place in the final.

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