Michael van Gerwen beats Peter Wright to win German Masters
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 28/03/16 10:43pm
Michael van Gerwen defeated Peter Wright 6-4 in the final to defend his German Darts Masters title in Munich.
Van Gerwen battled back from a 3-1 deficit to beat his Scottish opponent in a repeat of the Coral UK Open final in Minehead earlier this month.
The world No 1 was somewhat fortunate to even make the final, as he was strongly challenged in his quarter-final clash with Chris Dobey.
Dobey and Van Gerwen averaged over 100 in a superb match, which the Dutchman managed to edge through courtesy of an 11-dart finish in the deciding set.
The quarter-finals also saw the end of world champion Gary Anderson after a shocking display, as he was beaten 6-0 by Joe Cullen in under 10 minutes - the Scot averaging less than 80.
Wright coasted past James Richardson 6-2 to reach the semi-finals, where he fought off a tough challenge from Michael Smith before winning 6-4.
Cullen took on Van Gerwen in the other semi, but could never match his earlier performance against Anderson and was on the verge of a whitewash before taking the fifth leg - the Dutchman would go on to win 6-1.
Wright battled back from losing the opening leg of the final to reel off the next three, but Van Gerwen was in no mood to give up his title and levelled things by checking out on 85.
He had one chance to force a decider at 5-4, but missed double 16, and Van Gerwen clinched the match, and the £25,000 winner's cheque, with a 70 checkout.