Mighty Mike hits the Jackpot for six

Lawrence Lustig - PDC

Michael van Gerwen reached the final of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship for a second succssive year with a stunning 6-0 victory over two-time World Champion Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis.

The world number two dropped just four legs in establishing a 4-0 lead, before going on to complete the demolition in just 40 minutes to leave Lewis stunned.

The Stoke ace missed 18 darts at doubles during the game and won just seven legs as he suffered a semi-final nightmare in seeing his bid for a third Alexandra Palace triumph shattered by his great rival.

“I’m really pleased to win the game in this fashion, and to be involved in the final for a second straight year feels fantastic,” said van Gerwen, who ended the game with a 103.02 average.

“Adrian missed a couple of chances to win the first leg which I managed to win, and the game followed a similar pattern from there.

“Adrian didn’t play badly and certainly didn’t deserve to lose 6-0, but I took my chances really well tonight and timed them to perfection.

“Even at 5-0 up I kept my focus, as Adrian is a class player and can produce a long run of winning legs in quick time, so it was a great feeling to hit double 11 and end the game.

“I can relax tomorrow and prepare myself for the final against Peter. Many will probably regard me as favourite, but Peter has produced a very high standard in all his games and will be a dangerous opponent.”

Van Gerwen stole the first leg on double 16 after Lewis missed three chances to hold throw, before the second also fell the Dutchman’s way with a 14-darter.

Lewis won the third leg on double top, before van Gerwen sealed the opening set with a brilliant 12-dart finish, after both players had hit 180s.

The players shared the opening two legs of the second before van Gerwen hit a 146 checkout to win the third, only for Lewis to better that with a 158 finish to force a decider.

Maximums were recorded by both stars in the set’s final leg before van Gerwen took out 85 in two darts to move two sets clear.

The opening two legs of the third set fell in favour of the Dutch superstar, after Lewis had missed opportunities to win both.

Lewis won the third leg on double ten, before van Gerwen moved three sets in front with a clinical two-dart 72 finish.

The reigning Premier League Darts champion continued the incredible standard in the fourth set as he recorded a 121 checkout in the first leg before a sensational 154 finish in the third confirmed a 4-0 lead.

The first two legs of the fifth set were shared before Lewis was guilty of missing two more chances at double top to win the third leg, which van Gerwen took with a 72 finish.

Van Gerwen stormed through the opening two legs of set six with finishes of 13 and 14 darts, before Lewis showed great character to take the next two legs.

The Dutch ace, though, took command of the decider with consecutive 140s before hitting double 11 to dismiss the two-time World Champion.

Afterwards, a dejected Lewis said: “My scoring reached a pretty high level, but I missed so many doubles early on and I never really recovered.

“It was just one of those nights for me, but I’ll be back to create some more damage and come here next year aiming for a third World Championship title.

“If Michael performs how he did tonight, hitting big scores and taking out the big finishes then I think he will beat Peter and become World Champion.”


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