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Van Gerwen Magnificent In Mannheim Glory

MVG claims a fifth European Tour title of 2017

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Michael van Gerwen produced a string of brilliant performances to win the German Darts Grand Prix in Mannheim last weekend.

The world number one averaged 111 in his final victory against Rob Cross, which he sealed with a 110 finish.

The Dutch ace enjoyed two 6-0 wins on route too, whitewashing Richard North (round two) and Simon Whitlock (semi-finals).

Van Gerwen was dominant throughout the year’s tenth European Tour event, defeating Gerwyn Price 6-2 (last 16) and Jelle Klaasen 6-1 (quarter-finals) before sealing success with 6-3 triumph over Cross.

“When you play well and win it’s a fantastic feeling,” said Van Gerwen, who lost only six legs during the event. “I think I deserved the win and I’m really happy.

“Rob was the player who gave me the biggest game and it was difficult to break his throw, but my scoring power was there and my will to win was there, and that makes me the champion today.”

Van Gerwen will next be in action at the Champions League of Darts, which will be broadcast live on the BBC on the 16-17 September.