Joe Cullen has finally claimed a maiden European Tour title defeating Michael van Gerwen in the final of the European Darts Matchplay in a sensational display in Mannheim.
Cullen has not been in the best form this year but this weekend has put together a brilliant series of victories to deny Van Gerwen another title for the second week running.
‘The Rockstar’ went 4-1 up in the early going after some early missed darts from the World Number One and he did what he has failed to do on some previous occasions against him and that is punish the mistakes.
Van Gerwen arrested the deficit to 4-2 but Cullen hit back with a 170 checkout, which has been hit again in a potential tide turner.
Despite that, Cullen started to fade of sorts from there and Van Gerwen made it five a piece. Cullen regained the upper hand and from there didn’t look back having another late surge to claim victory and end a brilliant weekend.
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Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST) Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen (100.13) 6-5 (93.09) Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross (87.09) 5-6 (90.14) Dave Chisnall
Jonny Clayton (84.79) 4-6 (93.27) James Wade
Joe Cullen (99.29) 6-2 (98.72) Glen Durrant
Michael van Gerwen (100.25) 7-1 (84) Dave Chisnall
James Wade (98.98) 5-7 (104.19) Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen (100.18) 5-8 (101.13) Joe Cullen
Tags: European Darts Matchplay 2019, Joe Cullen
WINNER | JOE CULLEN IS A EUROPEAN TOUR WINNER!
The Rockstar defeats Michael van Gerwen 8-5 with a brilliant display in the European Darts Matchplay final – averaging over 101 and hitting a 170 checkout in a sensational performance.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) September 8, 2019
Author: Samuel Gill