Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters: In-form Michael van Gerwen takes the title
In-form Michael van Gerwen beat Raymond van Barneveld 11-7 to lift the inaugural Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters.
Last Updated: 24/05/13 10:47pm
The Dutch ace triumphed 11-7 on Friday to follow-up last week's McCoy's Premier League Darts victory over Phil Taylor.
The world No 2 produced top quality darts, taking out finishes of 170 and 164, while Barney hit three ton-plus checkouts himself to the delight of the crowd.
Despite Mighty Mike's maximum finish in the third leg, Barney stayed with his compatriot in the early stages and hit 114 and 96 checkouts in consecutive legs to level the scores at 6-6.
But van Gerwen broke back with a sensational 164 finish in the next and hit a 13-darter and an 11-darter as he opened up a commanding 10-6 lead.
Barney landed a double eight to keep his hopes alive but van Gerwen sank double 12 to claim the title.
Earlier, van Gerwen recorded a narrow 11-9 victory over Andy Hamilton in their semi-final. After a tight opening, Hamilton won two legs on the bounce to go 9-8 up, but van Gerwen broke back immediately on double ten.
He then hit tops and double 16 to set up the final clash with van Barneveld, who easily defeated James Wade 11-5 in his semi-final.