UK Open 2015: MVG sinks Snakebite in final

Michael van Gerwen claimed a sweet 11-5 victory over Peter Wright in the UK Open final.

The pair had swapped heated words after last week’s Premier League draw in Exeter, but van Gerwen silenced his colourful rival with a commanding performance in Minehead.   

Wright, who toppled Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals, could not maintain his composed finishing as the world No 1 seized command with a string of legs.

Opening with a 180, van Gerwen soon added another maximum while forcing a break in the first leg.

Wright responded with an 88 finish, ending on the bull to trim the 2-1 deficit, while he found double 16 in the following leg to break back.

Heading into the interval with a 3-2 deficit, ‘Mighty Mike’ came roaring back, taking the next three legs with a spell of heavy scoring.

A sizzling 164-finish propelled van Gerwen into a 6-4 lead, while he fashioned a further break with a 56 checkout, winning six out of the last eight legs.

Wright spurned darts to break back and van Gerwen seized his reprieve, finding the double for a commanding 9-5 advantage.

He added the next leg following more wayward finishing from Wright and sealed victory with a 72 checkout.

Any animosity between the duo appeared to have been resolved as they embraced afterwards on the oche.

Van Gerwen edged out Andrew Gilding with a 10-8 win in the semi-finals and was delighted to claim the trophy for the first time.

“To win tournaments - that’s the best thing in life,” he told ITV4 “This is already my second major this year. I’ve never won this tournament before and I always wanted to win this one.

“Last year I was in the semi-final, but I’ve never got further than that. This means a lot to me."

UK Open 2015: Results

Preliminary Round
Ben Ward 5-2 Jason Lovett
Adam Huckvale 5-2 Rory Duffy
John Ferrell 5-3 Paul Dawkins
Mark Dudbridge 5-1 Lloyd Pennel
Jamie Robinson 5-1 Chris Packer
Connie Finnan 5-4 James McEwan
Mark Layton 5-2 Tommy Sanwell
Dave Prins 5-2 Simon Stevenson
Stuart White 5-4 Matthew Tedstone
Dave Ladley 5-1 Kevin Edwards
Stephen Hardy 5-3 Dean Sanders
Robbie Green 5-1 Graham Hall
Ian Moss 5-1 Adi Acott
Matt Padgett 5-2 Gerwyn Price
Dave Parletti 5-2 Bradley Williams
Nigel Daniels 5-4 Scott Dale
Paul Hogan 5-1 Lee Russell
Mick Todd 5-1 Kevin Smith
Steve Douglas 5-3 Mark Robinson

First Round
Devon Petersen 5-1 Matt Clark
Mike Zuydwijk 5-2 John Part
Keegan Brown 5-3 Mick Brooks
Alan Tabern 5-4 Adam Hunt
Wes Newton 5-2 Martyn Turner
Mark Layton 5-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jay Foreman 5-1 Dave Ladley
Stuart Kellett 5-0 Robbie Green
Darren Johnson 5-0 Ricky Sudale
Lee Evans 5-2 Nick Fullwell
Mark Cox 5-1 Ben Ward
Paul Hogan 5-3 Derek Brand
Joey Ten Berge 5-1 Brett Claydon
Jermaine Wattimena 5-1 Johnny Clayton
Matt Padgett 5-3 Stuart White
John Ferrell 5-1 Alex Roy
Mark Barilli 5-2 Steve Hine
Colin Fowler 5-0 Steve West
Mike De Decker 5-1 Stephen Hardy
Dave Prins 5-3 Luke Woodhouse
Jason Wilson 5-3 Mark Jones
Josh Payne 5-3 Lionel Sams
Nigel Daniels 5-0 Mick Todd
Steve Douglas 5-2 John Bowles
James Richardson 5-4 Johnny Haines
Jon Jukes 5-2 Shaun Griffiths
Adam Huckvale 5-2 Gary O'Donnell
Ian Moss 5-3 Connie Finnan
Rob Smith 5-4 Peter Hudson
Jason Mold 5-4 Jamie Robinson
Arron Fairweather 5-1 Dave Parletti
David Pallett 5-2 Mark Dudbridge

Second Round
Kyle Anderson 5-4 Terry Temple
Kevin Painter 5-2 Jamie Bain
James Wilson 5-0 Mark Frost
William O'Connor 5-3 Dean Winstanley
Ryan Harrington 5-0 Matt Padgett
Stephen Bunting 5-2 Adam Huckvale
Christian Kist 5-3 Ian Moss
Josh Payne 5-4 Dave Prins
Benito van de Pas 5-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Wes Newton 5-3 Jon Jukes
Keegan Brown 5-3 Mike Zuydwijk
David Pallett 5-4 Andy Smith
Nathan Apsinall 5-1 Chris Dobey
Lee Evans 5-3 Ronny Huybrechts
Steve Douglas 5-4 Andy Boulton
Andy Jenkins 5-0 Nigel Daniels
Joe Cullen 5-1 Rob Smith
James Richardson 5-1 Dean Stewart
Joe Murnan 5-1 Stuart Kellett
Paul Hogan 5-3 Darren Johnson
Mark Barilli 5-1 Dennis Smith
Kevin McDine 5-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Aaron Turner 5-4 Jay Foreman
Ronnie Baxter 5-2 Arron Fairweather
Colin Fowler 5-3 Jason Wilson
Ricky Evans 5-3 Mark Layton
Jan Dekker 5-3 Mike De Decker
Jason Mold 5-4 Matthew Edgar
Nathan Derry 5-4 Alan Tabern
Devon Petersen 5-4 Mark Cox
John Ferrell 5-2 Darren Webster
Joey Ten Berge 5-2 Wayne Jones

Third Round
Raymond van Barneveld 9-3 Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor 9-2 John Ferrell
Mervyn King 9-8 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 9-3 Paul Nicholson
Kim Huybrechts 9-7 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 9-5 Steve Beaton
Robert Thornton 9-5 Simon Whitlock
Stephen Bunting 9-8 Michael Smith
Paul Hogan 9-5 Benito van de Pas
David Pallett 9-4 Colin Fowler
Vincent van der Voort 9-4 Lee Evans
Jelle Klaasen 9-4 Brendan Dolan
John Henderson 9-7 Steve Douglas
Nathan Aspinall 9-4 James Richardson
Nathan Derry 9-2 Keegan Brown
James Wade 9-3 Joe Murnan
Mensur Suljovic 9-1 Joey Ten Berge
James Wilson 9-4 Ricky Evans
Josh Payne 9-6 Andy Jenkins
Kyle Anderson 9-6 Alan Norris
Andrew Gilding 9-0 Kevin Painter
Ronnie Baxter 9-2 Brian Woods
Andy Hamilton 9-8 Aaron Turner
Jamie Caven 9-3 Terry Jenkins
Eddie Dootson 9-6 Joe Cullen
Jan Dekker 9-5 Justin Pipe
William O'Connor 9-5 Mark Webster
Ian White 9-8 Christian Kist
Devon Petersen 9-8 Mark Barilli
Wes Newton 9-0 Jason Mold
Dave Chisnall 9-6 Ryan Harrington
Daryl Gurney 9-1 Kevin McDine

Saturday March 7

Fourth Round
Phil Taylor 9-3 David Pallett
Michael van Gerwen 9-4 Paul Hogan
Peter Wright 9-1 Raymond van Barneveld
Stephen Bunting 9-6 Dave Chisnall
James Wade 9-4 Nathan Aspinall
Eddie Dootson 9-8 Robert Thornton
Kim Huybrechts 9-8 Andy Hamilton
Vincent van der Voort 9-4 Wes Newton
Devon Petersen 9-6 Jamie Caven
Kyle Anderson 9-7 James Wilson
Mensur Suljovic 9-4 Josh Payne
Jan Dekker 9-4 Ronnie Baxter
William O'Connor 9-6 Ian White
John Henderson 9-8 Daryl Gurney
Andrew Gilding 9-5 Jelle Klaasen
Mervyn King 9-8 Nathan Derry

Fifth Round
Peter Wright 9-2 John Henderson
Michael van Gerwen 9-2 Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor 9-3 Vincent van der Voort
Mervyn King 9-8 Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 9-7 Jan Dekker
Devon Petersen 9-3 Eddie Dootson
Stephen Bunting 9-6 William O'Connor
Andrew Gilding 9-6 James Wade

Sunday March 8

Stephen Bunting 10-6 Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Devon Petersen
Andrew Gilding 10-8 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 10-6 Phil Taylor

Peter Wright 10-0 Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Andrew Gilding

Michael van Gerwen 11-5 Peter Wright 

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