Van Gerwen through to first televised PDC ranking World Grand Prix final
Michael van Gerwen thrashed Wes Newton 5-1 to book his place in his first televised PDC ranking final in Dublin.
Last Updated: 13/10/12 11:19pm
The 23-year-old's brilliant World Grand Prix run continued as he saw off the No 6 seed, with Newton hitting five 180s and 58% of his chances at a double, including checkouts of 152 and 150.
Van Gerwen, though, heavily outscored his opponent and finished with an end average of 95.04 as he booked his place in Sunday's final against Mervyn King.
Van Gerwen threw nearest the bull to start the match but lost the opening leg after Fleetwood's Newton threw 180 and finished 150 on double 15.
However, the Holland ace broke back immediately and held throw before the pair swapped further legs and the semi-final went with throw to allow van Gerwen to go 1-0 up.
He also broke at the start of the second set but Newton hit back to take it 3-2 after finishing 86 in the deciding leg despite taking five darts to start.
Set three was the first to go with throw and van Gerwen edged ahead by landing double six before he made it 3-1 following Newton's agonising miss on double 16 from 143 out.
Van Gerwen sensed victory and, with the Englishman's eyesight affected, swept the fifth set and landed tops and double 12 to go one leg from the final before Newton momentarily staved off defeat by finishing 52, despite a Dutch maximum, but the inevitable arrived through tops again for a 72 finish.
"It feels amazing to be in the final," said van Gerwen. "It's beautiful that I've done so well in a tournament like this, because it's very difficult with the double start.
"I'm very happy that I've played so well, and I think this was my best match in the tournament. My scoring was very good - I have a lot of confidence in my game and I did some damage at the right moments.
"I thought I should have been 2-0 up in sets but Wes finished well. I kept calm though and did a job.
"The crowd have been fantastic and I hope I can continue this because it's a big game Sunday night."