Michael van Gerwen won the first UK Open qualifier with a 6-2 final win over Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen continued his run of success with victory in the first Speedy Services UK Open Qualifier of the year.
Last Updated: 26/02/13 12:21pm
The Dutchman dismantled Chisnall 6-2 at the K2 Centre in Crawley to pick up the £6,000 winner's cheque following his success over Raymond van Barneveld in the Premier League 48 hours earlier.
The world No 4 won eight matches on the day to come through a field of 238 players and never lost more than three legs in any one tie.
Van Gerwen took the lead with a double-eight finish against Chisnall but allowed the St Helens man back into the tie when he busted on 181 when he threw a maximum in the second leg.
An exchange of breaks kept the players tied at 2-2 before Van Gerwen restored order when he took out 68 on double four for a 15-darter.
Chisnall was first to a finish in the sixth leg but missed three doubles to allow Van Gerwen to break on double eight and the 23-year-old needed no further encouragement, wraping up victory with a 13-darter on double tops.
"It's a good step towards the UK Open and for the ProTour rankings and I showed everyone that I'm still on form," said van Gerwen.
"I didn't play my best game but I still won my games and that's important. I had confidence and the belief in myself that I could win today and I'm very proud. It's a great win on my list!"
The win ensures that van Gerwen will be amongst the top 32 players for June's UK Open.