West dispels Suljovic fightback to claim victory in dramatic decider at European Championship
Suljovic came from 7-3 down to force a decider but in a dramatic conclusion, West smashed in a brilliant 106 checkout to snatch the tie away 10-9.
West eased into a 4-1 lead at the first break with a 144 checkout en route as he took the early impetus and this continued from there with 'Simply' seemingly heading towards the finishing line with a 7-3 lead with a 99.8 average and 53% on the doubles.
From there though, Suljovic got himself suddenly back into it. He claimed back to back legs with an 80 checkout to make it 7-5. West gave himself a cushion again at 8-6 but this was soon eroded.
Suljovic broke to make it parity and claim five out of the last six legs at 8-8. West attempted to dispel this by taking out 90 for a 12-dart break and a 9-8 advantage.
But it went all the way to a decider with Suljovic taking out 84 with Bull, Double 17. West was first to a finish on 161 but left himself 106. Suljovic himself left himself double 20 with a 127 set up but West pinned 106 to claim the tie brilliantly.
European Championship 2020 schedule
Friday October 30
Michael Smith (92.59) 8-10 (92.23) Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price (100.76) 6-10 (102.7) Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen (101.95) 4-10 (104.75) Ian White
Mensur Suljovic (95.01) 9-10 (97.09) Steve West