MICHAEL VAN GERWEN stormed through to the final of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a record-breaking performance against Raymond van Barneveld on Sunday.
The world number one averaged 114.05 – the highest ever three-dart average in a World Championship match – in a 6-2 defeat of his Dutch rival, to set up a mouth-watering final showdown with defending champion Gary Anderson.
“It was a phenomenal performance,” said Van Gerwen, who hit 15 of the match’s 29 180s and also added a 124 finish, as he reached the final for the first time since he lifted the Sid Waddell trophy in 2014.
“Raymond made me play like that really though. I had to play like that to win this game so credit has to go to him too but this was amazing for me.
“I showed some real class and a really good performance. I broke another record and one that has been there for 15 years so it really is something special.
“I feel like anything is possible for me but I only have one goal and that is to lift the trophy.
“I also know that I have a very good player waiting for me in the final in Gary Anderson. I think it is the dream final that everybody wanted to see and it is going to be fantastic.”