Van Gerwen defeats Barney
Michael van Gerwen showed he's in no mood to surrender his World Grand Prix title by dismantling fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in the second round in Dublin.
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'Mighty Mike' certainly lived up to his nickname in the third match on stage at the Citywest Hotel, recording an average of over 97 as he eased through by a 3-0 scoreline.
It seemed a see-saw contest could be on the cards when Barney responded to a 142-finish by his compatriot with a 136 checkout of his own in the next leg.
However, from then on it became one-way traffic. After seeing his rival miss three darts at double 10 to force a deciding leg, Van Gerwen nailed double eight at the second attempt to take the opening set.
While Van Barneveld continued to struggle on his doubles, the world no 2 was simply ruthless. He took out 148 when his opponent was waiting on 40, while double tops gave him a two-set lead. The third didn't last too long, Van Gerwen sealing his progress with double eight.
"We both hit a couple of good finishes at the beginning," the reigning champion told Sky Sports.
"I was very happy with the first set and then after that I saw he was struggling with his doubles. I was so glad he missed the three darts at double 10 - then I knew I wasn't going to lose this game.
"It's not about beating him. It's about winning this tournament. He's a great player and I knew he was trying so hard to beat me."
Van Gerwen's next opponent will be Dave Chisnall, the man from St Helens having bounced back from losing the opening set against Wayne Jones to record a 3-1 victory.
Meanwhile, Justin Pipe reached the last eight of the tournament for the second year in a row after easing to a 3-0 triumph over an out-of-sorts Adrian Lewis.
The 41-year-old from Taunton started in impressive fashion by taking out 142 against the throw and although his opponent briefly replied to level matters, he then reeled off four successive legs to take complete control of the contest.
Lewis broke the run at the start of the third set, taking out 20, and then moved 2-1 ahead thanks to double tops. However, Pipe landed a pair of 180s to force a deciding leg before double eight sent him through.
Pipe will now face Andy Hamilton for a place in the semi-finals. 'The Hammer' overcame Kevin Painter 3-1 in the final contest on Thursday night.
Hamilton looked on course for a whitewash over 'The Artist' when he breezed through the first two sets, only to then slip up and allow Painter to take the third. However, he recovered his composure to seal his progression.