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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld will contest an all Dutch final at the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts after the pair sealed brilliant victories on Sunday afternoon in Wolverhampton.

van Gerwen stormed past Dean Winstanley to reach his second consecutive major final, while van Barneveld defeated Andy Hamilton to reach his first final since 2010.

‘Mighty Mike’ produced a stunning 170 finish for the third time in two matches on the way to a 16-8 success over Winstanley.

van Gerwen, the recently crowned World Grand Prix Champion, averaged over 100 in another dominant display.

He said: “I had a great start and played well, which gives me great confidence but the job is not done yet.

“I will make sure I’m ready for the final as both myself and Raymond have played very well in this tournament and it will be a hard match to win.”

van Barneveld booked his place in the final with an impressive 16-10 success over World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton.

‘Barney’ produced a brilliant period when he won 12 out of 13 legs to clinch a place in his first major final for over two years.

“I’ve struggled for a couple of years but the form is back now and I hope it stays back,” said van Barneveld, who is chasing his first major title since 2007.

“I’ll be ready for the final and if I can win the trophy it will be a very emotional moment for me.”

By Chris Murphy

Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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