Michael van Gerwen produced a solid display to dispatch of Andy Hamilton in the fourth round of the UK Open in Minehead.
The Dutch ace averaged 100 in a 9-5 victory over last year’s runner-up, following up his 9-1 success against James Hubbard on Friday.
Tournament favourite van Gerwen was drawn against Mark Webster in round five and will take on the Welshman on Saturday evening.
“We both started very well but one leg changed the game,” said van Gerwen, the reigning World Champion.
“He missed a finish and I took out mine and I seemed to kick on from there and get the job done.
“I haven’t won this tournament before and I’m going to give it my all to win it his weekend.”
Both players took out 64 to hold throw in the first two legs before Hamilton won the third.
van Gerwen kicked off leg four with his first 180 and finished it with a fine 107 checkout to restore parity.
Hamilton regained the lead with an 86 finish but van Gerwen’s second 180 helped him make it three legs each.
‘Mighty Mike’ then grabbed the game’s first break of throw by taking out 70 and the Dutchman bedded tops to increase his lead to two legs.
van Gerwen broke again with a clinical checkout of 105 and made it five legs on the spin by pegging double eight.
Hamilton stopped the rot but the world number one fired in his second 180 before pinning tops to move 8-4 in front.
‘The Hammer’ bedded double 16 to keep his faint hopes alive but van Gerwen finished the job, hitting his third maximum in the final leg, which he won on double ten.
By Chris Murphy