Michael van Gerwen added the Players Championship Two title to his 2018 trophy haul, beating Corey Cadby in Sunday’s final.
Having picked up victory in Saturday’s opener at the Barnsley Metrodome with victory over James Wade in the final, he added a second £10,000 top prize to complete a clean sweep of the opening Players Championship weekend.
The triumph saw Van Gerwen continue his imperious form in 2018, securing his fifth tournament win so far this year, however, he still believes he can play better after surviving match darts earlier in the day against Luke Woodhouse and being taken to a deciding leg by Ryan Searle.
“I didn’t have a good day, I played poorly, but I’m still really glad that I won to take tournament win number 102,” said the Dutchman.
When asked about his performance in the final, he commented: “Every time I had a chance I took it and I didn’t make a lot of mistakes.
“Corey is a very good player. I think he was trying too hard in the final, but I’m sure he can do some really good things in the future. With his quality, he could easily become a top ten player. He is a great talent and has a great throw.”
Van Gerwen had started the day with a 6-1 win over Steve Lennon before a 6-3 success over Jamie Lewis; he was taken to a deciding leg by both Searle and Woodhouse, surviving numerous match darts against the latter, before booking his quarter-final spot.
The world No 1 was back to his best in the quarter-finals and semi-finals with 6-2 victories over Adrian Lewis and Simon Stevenson to reach the final, hitting seven perfect darts in one leg against Lewis.
Van Gerwen’s final opponent was Cadby, bidding to add a second Tour title to his debut season having claimed a UK Open qualifier the previous weekend.
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In Barnsley, Cadby picked up a couple of impressive scalps after starting with victories over Lee Bryant, Jonny Clayton and Davy van Baelen.
A 6-1 win over Danny Noppert sealed his place in the last eight where he took out two-time world champion Gary Anderson with an average over 103 and a 6-4 win over the Scot.
Victory over Ian White booked his date with Van Gerwen, where the Dutchman proved too strong, setting the tone early on during the final with an impressive 101 checkout in the second leg to take a 2-0 lead, and he never looked back.
The Dutchman asserted his dominance over the next two legs to storm into a 4-0 advantage, before the Australian got his only leg on the board with a 32 checkout.
Cadby had a few more opportunities at doubles, but failed to convert and saw Van Gerwen march on to a 6-1 win, finishing with a 101.7 average to claim the 102nd PDC title of his career.
Elsewhere, it was an impressive day for Stevenson, who reached the semi-finals after most notably completing a 6-0 whitewash over World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney.
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It was another disappointing day for world No 2 Peter Wright, though, as the Scot crashed out in the first round, along with Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall and James Wade.
Attention this week switches to Berlin as the Premier League Darts roadshow rolls into Germany for the very first time.
The Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin is Thursday night’s venue with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action, Main Event, and Mix. The season continues through to the conclusion on May 17 with the Play-Offs at The O2 in London.
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