Michael van Gerwen hits two nine-darters in one match

Michael van Gerwen has become only the second player in the history of darts to hit two nine-dart finishes in one match.

The world number one achieved the astonishing feat against Ryan Murray in the third round of the fourth Coral UK Open qualifying event at Wigan's Robin Park Tennis Centre on Friday - and he went on to win the tournament by defeating Gary Anderson in the final.

He scored 180, 177 and finished from 144 in the fourth leg for his first nine-darter before sealing a 6-2 triumph by scoring 177, 180 and then taking out 144 once more in the eighth leg.

MVG had come so close to an early exit in the previous round in Wigan when Adam Hunt missed two match darts to beat him but the Dutchman recovered to set up a clash with Murray.

The only other player to have managed two nine-darters in a single game is 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, who landed his pair during his victory over James Wade in the 2010 Premier League Darts final.

Taylor also hit two nine-dart finishes during one day on the PDC ProTour during the 2014 Coral UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan, while Van Gerwen missed double 12 to complete back-to-back perfect legs against James Wade at the 2013 World Championship.

Wade was also involved in another historic nine-dart moment when both he and Robert Thornton hit one apiece in their classic World Grand Prix clash back in 2014.

Van Gerwen had hit a nine-dart finish at the Coral UK Open TV Finals last March, during a win over Rob Cross before he went on to retain the title at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

The 27-year-old's performance in Wigan on Friday further underlined just why he'll start as hot favourite to retain his title next month.

After his nine-dart heroics against Murray, MVG went on to beat Ting Chi Royden Lam 6-2 which set him up a clash with Peter Wright in the quarter-finals.

Snakebite of course defeated the Dutchman in last Sunday's third UK Open Qualifier only for MVG to gain his revenge with a 7-3 victory in Thursday night's Premier League clash in Nottingham - and 24 hours later he made it back-to-back wins with a 6-3 triumph.

In the semi-finals van Gerwen desposed of Kevin Painter 6-2 before overcoming world number two Anderson 6-3 to pick up yet another tournament success.

There will be two more £60,000 qualifying tournaments this weekend as players on the PDC circuit bid to book their place in the UK Open finals. 

UK Open Qualifier Four Results

Friday February 10
Preliminary Round
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Stuart Kellett
Devon Petersen 6-0 Scott Taylor
Barrie Bates 6-5 Callan Rydz
Vincent Kamphuis 6-5 Sean Ryan

First Round
Alan Norris bye
Jack Todd 6-5 Wes Newton
Dylan Duo 6-5 Steve Douglas
Steve Lennon 6-5 Michael Barnard
Stephen Bunting bye
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Wayne Jones 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-5 Yuki Yamada
Dave Chisnall bye
Gary Stone 6-2 Tony Newell
James Young 6-4 Michael Huntley
Dennis Smith 6-5 Allan Candlish
Simon Whitlock bye
Adam Smith-Neale 6-1 Simon Cassidy
Mike De Decker 6-1 Shaun Griffiths
Rob Hewson 6-2 Ross Twell
Joe Cullen bye
Ricky Evans 6-3 John Michael
Jim Brown 6-3 Derek Brand
Ricky Williams 6-1 Steve Brown
Darren Webster bye
Greg Ritchie 6-4 Stephen Burton
John Crossley 6-5 James Hadjar
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Wilco Vermeulen
Jelle Klaasen bye
Terry Temple 6-1 Richie Burnett
Chris Quantock 6-5 Matt Clark
Scott Dale 6-5 Keegan Brown
Jamie Caven bye
Ryan Searle 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Charlie Jackson 6-4 Jimmy Hendriks
Andy Boulton 6-1 Martyn Turner
Mark Webster bye
Kevin Dowling 6-3 Alan Tabern
Michael Rasztovits 6-2 Robert Owen
Mareno Michels 6-4 Adrian Gray
Steve Beaton bye
Rob Cross 6-5 David Pallett
Eddie Dootson 6-4 Justin Smith
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Martin Thomas
Justin Pipe bye
Mark Forman 6-3 Jason Wilson
Max Hopp 6-4 Jeff Batham
Barry Lynn 6-4 Richard North
Gary Anderson bye
Paul Rowley 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Ryan Harrington 6-5 Dyson Parody
Prakash Jiwa 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Brendan Dolan bye
Jonathan Worsley 6-1 Eikichi Nakanishi
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-2 Kurt Parry
Matt Padgett 6-5 Kelvin Hart
Mervyn King bye
Kevin McDine 6-3 Sven Groen
Ben Ward 6-5 Billy Holmes
Colin Roelofs 6-2 Andreas Hajimina
Jamie Lewis bye
Callum Loose 6-3 Andy Parsons
Chris Dobey 6-3 Madars Razma
Nathan Derry 6-5 Devon Petersen
Andrew Gilding bye
Berry van Peer 6-2 Mark Walsh
James Wilson 6-1 Mark Stephenson
Barrie Bates 6-2 Darron Brown
John Henderson bye
Bryan De Hoog 6-3 Paul Milford
Peter Hudson 6-4 Rene Eidams
Vincent Kamphuis 6-1 Jim Walker
Raymond van Barneveld bye
Cristo Reyes 6-0 Jerry Hendriks
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-0 Shane Reidy
Richie Corner 6-3 Mick Todd
Daryl Gurney bye
Willy van de Wiel 6-4 Jim Moston
Kevin Painter 6-1 Dean Stewart
Antonio Alcinas 6-4 Ryan De Vreede
Terry Jenkins bye
Mick McGowan 6-1 Par Riihonen
William O'Connor 6-5 Harry Ward
Robbie Green 6-4 Luke Humphries
Robert Thornton bye
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Terry Roach
Craig Gilchrist 6-3 Josh Payne
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-2 Sheamus Hagan
Benito van de Pas bye
Ian Lever 6-2 Matthew Dennant
Brian Woods 6-4 Dawson Muschell
Simon Stevenson 6-1 Mark Westgarth
Michael Smith bye
Ted Evetts 6-4 John Brown
Nigel Pinchen 6-1 Roger Scrivens
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Lee Bryant
Kim Huybrechts bye
Diogo Portela 6-5 Jay Foreman
Kai Fan Leung 6-0 Ronny Huybrechts
Curtis Hammond 6-0 Ray Campbell
Michael van Gerwen bye
Adam Hunt 6-3 Andrew Johnson
Ryan Murray 6-3 Sam Head
Maik Langendorf 6-3 Richard Baillie
Vincent van der Voort bye
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Aden Kirk
Ting Chi Royden Lam 6-1 Joshua Richardson
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Bradley Brooks
Ian White bye
Martin Schindler 6-1 Mark Hylton
Darren Johnson 6-3 Mario Robbe
Steve West 6-4 Ryan Palmer
Adrian Lewis bye
Coni Singh Nagi 6-4 Paul Reeve
Michael Burgoine 6-4 Mark Frost
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-2 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Gerwyn Price bye
John Bowles 6-4 James Richardson
Jan Dekker 6-1 Steve McNally
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-1 Martin Lukeman
James Wade bye
Joe Murnan 6-5 Jamie Bain
Ricky Sudale 6-0 Rohit Rabadia
Christian Kist 6-2 Mark Dudbridge
Kyle Anderson bye
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Nigel Daniels
James Lane 6-4 James Hubbard
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Dave Ladley
Peter Wright bye
John Part 6-1 Joe Davis
Nick Fullwell 6-4 Arron Monk
Jon Jukes 6-4 Alan Tabern Jnr

Second Round
Alan Norris 6-4 Jack Todd
Steve Lennon 6-1 Dylan Duo
Andy Jenkins 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Wayne Jones 6-5 Dimitri van den Bergh
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Gary Stone
James Young 6-4 Dennis Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Rob Hewson 6-2 Mike De Decker
Ricky Evans 6-3 Joe Cullen
Ricky Williams 6-3 Jim Brown
Darren Webster 6-5 Greg Ritchie
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 John Crossley
Terry Temple 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Chris Quantock 6-2 Scott Dale
Ryan Searle 6-3 Jamie Caven
Andy Boulton 6-4 Charlie Jackson
Mark Webster 6-1 Kevin Dowling
Mareno Michels 6-4 Michael Rasztovits
Rob Cross 6-3 Steve Beaton
Eddie Dootson 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Justin Pipe 6-5 Mark Forman
Max Hopp 6-4 Barry Lynn
Gary Anderson 6-4 Paul Rowley
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Prakash Jiwa
Jonathan Worsley 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-3 Matt Padgett
Mervyn King 6-3 Kevin McDine
Colin Roelofs 6-1 Ben Ward
Callum Loose 6-2 Jamie Lewis
Chris Dobey 6-2 Nathan Derry
Andrew Gilding 6-1 Berry van Peer
Barrie Bates 6-4 James Wilson
John Henderson 6-3 Bryan De Hoog
Vincent Kamphuis 6-4 Peter Hudson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Cristo Reyes
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Richie Corner
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Willy van de Wiel
Kevin Painter 6-3 Antonio Alcinas
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Mick McGowan
William O'Connor 6-5 Robbie Green
Robert Thornton 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-1 Craig Gilchrist
Benito van de Pas 6-1 Ian Lever
Simon Stevenson 6-3 Brian Woods
Michael Smith 6-2 Ted Evetts
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Nigel Pinchen
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Diogo Portela
Curtis Hammond 6-2 Kai Fan Leung
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Adam Hunt
Ryan Murray 6-4 Maik Langendorf
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Ting Chi Royden Lam 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Ian White 6-3 Martin Schindler
Darren Johnson 6-3 Steve West
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Coni Singh Nagi
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-0 Michael Burgoine
Gerwyn Price 6-4 John Bowles
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-5 Jan Dekker
James Wade 6-1 Joe Murnan
Christian Kist 6-5 Ricky Sudale
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Ronnie Baxter 6-1 James Lane
Peter Wright 6-3 John Part
Nick Fullwell 6-2 Jon Jukes

Third Round
Steve Lennon 6-5 Alan Norris
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Wayne Jones
Dave Chisnall 6-1 James Young
Rob Hewson 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Ricky Evans 6-1 Ricky Williams
Darren Webster 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Chris Quantock 6-5 Terry Temple
Ryan Searle 6-3 Andy Boulton
Mark Webster 6-0 Mareno Michels
Rob Cross 6-3 Eddie Dootson
Justin Pipe 6-4 Max Hopp
Gary Anderson 6-0 Ryan Harrington
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-1 Jonathan Worsley
Mervyn King 6-3 Colin Roelofs
Chris Dobey 6-3 Callum Loose
Barrie Bates 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Vincent Kamphuis 6-2 John Henderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Kevin Painter 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Terry Jenkins 6-3 William O'Connor
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-3 Robert Thornton
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Simon Stevenson
Michael Smith 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Curtis Hammond
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ryan Murray - Michael van Gerwen hits two nine-dart finishes
Ting Chi Royden Lam 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Darren Johnson 6-5 Ian White
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Yordi Meeuwisse
Christian Kist 6-5 James Wade
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 6-2 Nick Fullwell

Fourth Round
Andy Jenkins 6-1 Steve Lennon
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Rob Hewson
Darren Webster 6-4 Ricky Evans
Ryan Searle 6-2 Chris Quantock
Rob Cross 6-5 Mark Webster
Gary Anderson 6-3 Justin Pipe
Mervyn King 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Chris Dobey 6-2 Barrie Bates
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Vincent Kamphuis
Kevin Painter 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ting Chi Royden Lam
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-2 Darren Johnson
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Christian Kist
Peter Wright 6-1 Ronnie Baxter

Fifth Round
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Andy Jenkins
Ryan Searle 6-4 Darren Webster
Gary Anderson 6-1 Rob Cross
Chris Dobey 6-4 Mervyn King
Kevin Painter 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael Smith 6-4 Jeffrey De Graaf
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Peter Wright 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Ryan Searle 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 6-2 Chris Dobey
Kevin Painter 6-4 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Peter Wright

Gary Anderson 6-1 Ryan Searle
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Kevin Painter

Gary Anderson 3-6 Michael van Gerwen 

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