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Stunning Start For Van Gerwen In Dortmund

Unibet European Championship Round One

UNIBET GRAND PRIX 2018
CONVENTION CENTRE,
CITY WEST HOTEL,
DUBLIN
IRELAND
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
SEMI FINAL
DARYL GURNEY V MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a stunning performance to defeat Paul Nicholson in round one of the Unibet European Championship.

The four-time and defending champion responded to back-to-back 12-darters from an impressive Nicholson by reeling off six straight legs.

The world number one averaged over 110 and hit a 170 checkout as he moved into the second round, where he will meet Steve West.

“It wasn’t that easy,” said Van Gerwen, who is chasing a fifth successive European Championship title.

“At the beginning he put me under big pressure and I still played well. I was still feeling good and I had no other choice than to play like that.

“Paul played really well and put in a good performance. He kept me under pressure, it’s only a short format and anything can happen but he missed a few darts to go 3-2 up and I took great advantage of that.”