Gibraltar Darts Trophy: MVG defeats Adrian Lewis to win the 25th European Tour title of his career

Last Updated June 11 2018, 08:51Darts
Michael van Gerwen (Pic: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Michael van Gerwen (Pic: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen won the 25th European Tour title of his career as he defeated a resurgent Adrian Lewis 8-3 in the final of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

MVG averaged a stunning - albeit almost normal for him - 108.13, hit four 180s and pinned eight of his 12 attempts at doubles (66.67%) in a ruthless display against the former two-time world champion.

The Dutchman has now triumphed in five of this season's seven European Tour events while it's also his 14th title overall in 2018, including last weekend's World Cup of Darts success with Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Gerwen, who incredibly has 108 career singles titles to his name at the ripe old age of 29, is on course to break his personal record of winning 26 tournaments in a calendar year that he set in 2016.

MVG had a tournament average of 104.37 at the Victoria Stadium and said: "For me to win a game like this gives me even more confidence, I'm really happy with my performance. I think I played a phenomenal game in the final and I think I have earned my holiday, I want to relax now and re-charge my batteries for the events coming up.

"The crowd deserved a good performance from me and I am happy that I was able to play well all weekend.

"I had to play well in the final because I know what Adrian is capable of - he is always dangerous and is one of the best players in the world, and it's good to see him doing well again."

The world number one followed up his 6-4 victory over Vincent van der Voort on Saturday, in which he averaged 107, with three more ruthless displays on Sunday to book his place in the final.

He thrashed both Andy Boulton and Jonny Clayton 6-2 before recording another sizzling average of 105 to see off Steve West 7-4 in the last four.

Jackpot, bidding to claim a first PDC title of the season, enjoyed an encouraging weekend as he defeated Clayton Otton (6-0), Mensur Suljovic (6-3), James Wade (6-5), Peter Wright (6-3) and Paul Nicholson (7-6) in a thrilling semi-final.

Nicholson was appearing in the the semi-finals of a PDC ranking tournament for the first time in five years having earlier defeated Joe Cullen and Gerwyn Price in final-leg deciders.

Lewis said: "Obviously, I'm disappointed not to win but I think I performed well over the weekend Fair play to Michael he gained confidence from me missing shots and that's why he's the world number one."

Daily Tournament Results

Friday June 8
First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Michael Barnard 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Jeffrey de Graaf
  • Brendan Dolan 6-4 James Wilson
  • Mike De Decker 6-5 Matt Padgett
  • Andy Boulton 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
  • Hannes Schnier 6-2 Roy Asquez
  • Steve West 6-3 Toni Alcinas
  • Ross Smith 6-3 Jamie Lewis
  • Adam Huckvale 6-3 Richie Burnett
  • Cristo Reyes 6-5 Robert Thornton
  • Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Barrie Bates
  • Paul Nicholson 6-0 Antony Lopez
  • Max Hopp 6-0 Mark Dudbridge
  • Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Tony Dawkins
  • Chris Dobey 6-2 Steve Lennon
  • Adrian Lewis 6-0 Clayton Otton

Saturday June 9
Second Round (Best of 11 legs)
Afternoon Session

  • Andy Boulton 6-4 Stephen Bunting
  • Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mike De Decker
  • Steve West 6-5 Darren Webster
  • James Wade 6-5 Ross Smith
  • Simon Whitlock 6-1 Adam Huckvale
  • Jonny Clayton 6-0 Hannes Schnier
  • Max Hopp 6-4 Ian White
  • Daryl Gurney 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Evening Session

  • Joe Cullen 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
  • Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Michael Smith
  • Rob Cross 6-5 Cristo Reyes
  • Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
  • Paul Nicholson 6-4 Dave Chisnall
  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
  • Chris Dobey 6-3 Mervyn King
  • Peter Wright 6-2 Michael Barnard

Sunday June 10
Afternoon Session (12pm BST)
Third Round

  • Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Andy Boulton
  • Jonny Clayton 6-2 Max Hopp
  • Steve West 6-1 Daryl Gurney
  • Rob Cross 6-2 Simon Whitlock
  • Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Paul Nicholson 6-5 Joe Cullen
  • Adrian Lewis 6-5 James Wade
  • Peter Wright 6-1 Chris Dobey

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals (Best of 11 legs)

  • Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Jonny Clayton
  • Steve West 6-5 Rob Cross
  • Paul Nicholson 6-5 Gerwyn Price
  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Peter Wright

Semi-Finals (Best of 13 legs)

  • Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Steve West
  • Paul Nicholson 6-7 Adrian Lewis

Final (Best of 15)

  • Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Adrian Lewis

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