MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a record-equalling fourth European Championship title as he continued his dominance of the tournament in Hasselt, Belgium last weekend.
Van Gerwen defeated Rob Cross 11-7 in Sunday’s final to claim the £100,000 first prize and lift the trophy for the fourth consecutive year. The world number one averaged almost 109 in a brilliant decider, after surviving two missed match darts by Kyle Anderson – who also hit a nine-darter – in their semi-final thriller.
“I think it was a great final,” said Van Gerwen, who had earlier seen off Simon Whitlock in the last eight.
“Rob kept putting me under pressure and I had to play well. I didn’t realise my average in the final was so high but I’m really happy with that.
“I didn’t play my best game in the semi-final but I’m really glad I won this title – it feels good for me and it means a lot to me. I always want to perform and I want to keep playing well.”
Van Gerwen had beaten Jan Dekker in Thursday’s first round before thrasing Ian White 10-1 to reach the quarter-finals.
There, he overcame Whitlock 10-5 to set up a semi-final showdown with another Australian in Anderson, who Van Gerwen edged out 11-10 before defeating Cross in a high-quality decider.
‘Mighty Mike’ will next been in action at the upcoming weekend’s World Series of Darts Finals as he bids to defend another TV title.