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World Darts Championship: Magnificent van Gerwen Through with Magical Display

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced an incredible performance to demolish Darren Webster in straight sets on Sunday, setting up an last 16 showdown with Raymond van Barneveld at Alexandra Palace.

2015 William Hill PDC World Championship - Day Nine - Alexandra Palace

World number one van Gerwen averaged 109.23 – the third highest in the tournament’s history – and dropped just one leg as he laid down a marker for his rivals with a sensational victory, in which he also produced four ton-plus checkouts.

World number one van Gerwen averaged 109.23 – the third highest in the tournament’s history – and dropped just one leg as he laid down a marker for his rivals with a sensational victory, in which he also produced four ton-plus checkouts.

“I played an excellent game and I’m really happy with my performance,” said van Gerwen, who survived a scare in his first round match when German qualifier Rene Eidams took him to a tie-break.

“It was my goal to be good from the start to the end and I managed to do that. After this performance I’m going into the game against Raymond with lots of confidence.

“Everything was perfect in this match but I need to look forward. My eyes are already to looking to Raymond and he knows that.”

van Gerwen, whose highest finish was 160, will take on his Dutch compatriot ‘Barney’ on Tuesday evening.

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