White produces brilliant victory to dump out Van Gerwen and claim Quarter-Final place at European Championship
White averaged 103.6 soaring into a 5-0 lead in the opening session and despite late resistance from 'Mighty Mike', 'Diamond' didn't falter and will now face Devon Petersen in a wide open section of the draw.
White had a dream start to proceedings racing into a 3-0 lead and not giving Van Gerwen a chance with a 104.8 average and he wrestled the impetus even further at 5-0 up increasing his average to 109 to ask the question of the World Number One.
Van Gerwen got off the mark though when they returned but White restored the five leg lead at 6-1. From there saw the duo exchange break after break until the interval with Mighty Mike holding throw to win the mini session 3-2 but there was still a lot to do.
He held to make it 7-4 but still needed a break to potentially get himself back into it. A brilliant 45 checkout last dart in hand saw White go two away though.
White had an excellent leg but was only left on 138 with Van Gerwen getting himself down to 92. The former was given a chance though with Van Gerwen not able to pin double double off a 92 checkout.
A brilliant 52 checkout saw White go one away and take a pivotal break. He pinned a 180 to leave 86 with Van Gerwen well back but missed two match darts, before pinning double 16 to claim a brilliant win last dart in hand.
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
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