Van Gerwen had to go deep again at the Euro Tour tournament in Wieze. After his 6-5 win over Jose de Sousa in the previous match, 'Mighty Mike' also needed the full 11 legs against Martin Schindler.
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The German initially squandered a 2-0 lead, but did rally to take a 5-4 lead against the Dutchman. Van Gerwen then forced a deciding leg via a 15-darter.
Schindler got to start the last leg and did an excellent job with a 180. Van Gerwen then came alongside, but it was Schindler who was first to throw for the match from 65.
However, 'The Wall' missed the bull by throwing his first dart into the single 12, and then was fumbling by missing the single 13 as well. Schindler thus did not create a match dart, after which Van Gerwen claimed victory with a 38 check-out.
Next up is Anderson in a mouth watering clash for the first time in a long while on the European Tour.
'The Flying Scotsman' continued his good weekend so far by prevailing over Rob Cross 6-2 and all eyes now will be on the Quarter-Final tie against MVG.