Michael van Gerwen has sealed his first World Series of Darts title of the season and his 17th overall and his third in Australia after producing a superb display to see off his rival Gerwyn Price 8-5 at the Queensland Darts Masters in Townsville on Saturday.
Van Gerwen has found the winning touch again and reminiscent of recent wins at the World Matchplay, he fired away leg after leg after initially going 4-1 down leaving 'The Iceman' no chance and showing why he is firmly the player to beat right now.
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First blood went to Price with a 103 checkout but Van Gerwen hit back on double 18 as both held in the early going. The former hit an 82 checkout to continue that at 2-1.
Both messed around on doubles with Price irked by a potential draft only for ‘The Iceman’ to hit double five to open up a two leg gap at 3-1.
Both started firing on the scoring with maximums but after handing MVG a break chance, Price went 4-1 up on double two despite still being frustrated.
This frustration seemed to be due to a crowd member whistling and Van Gerwen held on double 18 to go 4-2 down.
He forced MVG to take out 140 and he did so with Price sat on 52 to go 5-2 up and instead it was 4-3. An 80 checkout on return saw MVG take parity at 4-4.
MVG hit 140 to leave 40 with Price taking aim at 120 pinning it to hold under pressure at 5-4. But MVG didn’t allow Price to reestablish the break taking out 112 for 5-5.
But Van Gerwen took out 77 to lead for the first time at 6-5 and was throwing to go one away. An 87 checkout saw MVG hold to go 7-5 up. Price could not stay in the tie with Van Gerwen pinning 58 for yet another leg.