Michael van Gerwen produced a sensational display to win the second Speedy Hire UK Open qualifier in Crawley. The young Dutchman hit a perfect nine-dart finish and a maximum 170 checkout in an amazing final against Dave Chisnall.
‘Mighty Mike’, who was named PDC Young Player of the Year last month, put together a brilliant run of impressive victories at the K2 Centre, culminating in his 6-1 triumph over Chisnall.
The 22 year old began the final with a 13 darter before breaking his opponent’s throw at the first opportunity. Chisnall pulled a leg back before van Gerwen restored his lead in spectacular style, hitting 180, 177 and a 144 checkout for a sublime nine-dart leg.
He went on to win the next three legs, hitting a 170 finish along the way, to claim his second victory on the PDC Pro-Tour.
Van Gerwen beat Steve Brown, Stuart Kellet, Richie Howson and Jamie Caven to reach the quarter-finals, where he defeated World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton 6-2.
The Dutchman followed that fantastic win up with a 6-0 whitewash over Premier League star Simon Whitlock in the semi-final, before beating Chisnall in the final with a magnificent 108 average.
Vincent van der Voort also showed good form before losing out to Chisnall in the last four.
Van Gerwen scooped £6000 for his success and sealed qualification for the Speedy Hire UK Open finals in June.
By Chris Murphy