DIMITRI van den Bergh Claims World Matchplay In Style.


DIMITRI van den Bergh vowed that Peter Wright helped him dump fellow Scot Gary Anderson in the Betfred World Matchplay final.

BETFRED WORLD MATCHPLAY 2020 MARSHALL ARENA, MILTON KEYNES PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG FINAL GARY ANDERSON V DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH IN ACTION

The bubbly Belgian produced a top class display to dump an off-colour Ando 18-10 at the Marshall Arena last night.

The Antwerp arrower and 100-1 outsider became only the second debutant to win the famous old trophy and picked up a cool £150,000 – only the 10th winner in history.

Van den Bergh spent lockdown with the Wright family and said: “Whatever I’ve learnt from Peter Wright it’s working. Peter and Jo thank you guys!

“Dreams come true I don’t know. I am the winner of this tournament. Wow. Give me a few extra hours I think I need them.

“What a beautiful trophy I have in my hands. They call it the Phil Taylor Trophy, that man I’ve watched him play so many times in so many tournaments.

BETFRED WORLD MATCHPLAY 2020 MARSHALL ARENA, MILTON KEYNES PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG FINAL GARY ANDERSON V DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH Gary Anderson IN ACTION

“I see Gary Anderson play in tournaments, always been a massive fan and I still am. But I’ve managed to win against a player like that. 

“My family are ecstatic right now like I am. They’ve told me you always have it in you. It’s happening. I’m making my dreams come true. Oh my God.

“Especially under pressure I kept believing I can do it. Everyone knows when I’m playing darts I give myself an extra breath, that has been working.

“Thanks to Matt Porter and Barry Hearn for getting the Matchplay on, without you guys I wouldn’t be holding this trophy.

“This tournament, this result I will never forget it.”

Anderson, who won £70k as runner-up, added: “He played well right from the word go. I wasn’t even close to the game. I was lucky I got a few legs off him to be honest. He’s played well the whole tournament. Fair-dos to him.

“I used the same darts but they were getting a bit sweaty. But dropping them low, it’s cracking me up. We’ll sort it out, got a few weeks off now.

The match got off to a nervy start with Anderson left rueing a slip of a dart as he attempted to take a 3-1 lead. Instead Van den Bergh kept his cool to take the opening session to lead 3-2.

Ando then immediately changed darts and spent the entire interval practising with the new set.

It didn’t appear to help, he looked far from happy with patchy scoring. But despite the issues, the second session was just as edgy as the first and went with throw so it was all tied-up at 5-5. 

Then suddenly a glimpse of vintage Anderson with a 130 kill to break the Belgian. But the youngster hit back immediately with an absolute corking Big Fish 170 and this final was finally starting to come alive.

However, it was a final that felt like being in a firework factory without a match. Nothing was setting it off. It remained a tense affair. Van den Bergh was missing the odd opportunity here and there, Anderson miles off his usual force. The Belgian sneaked the session again to lead 8-7.

Van den Bergh was out-scoring the off colour Scotsman and pulled three clear only for Anderson to crucially stop the rot with tops to trail 10-8 but The Dreammaker coolly took out 47 for another break to lead 12-8. Anderson needed to find the after-burners and fast.

But it was the Belgian on the charge with a wonderful 124 finish with bull kill and then repeated it with a 132 finish with bull again to go 14-8 up and now Anderson was in real trouble.

The Scot briefly hit back but there was no signs of Van den Bergh cracking as he effortlessly took out double 10 to lead 16-9.

Anderson then missed three darts to narrow the gap and was visibly angry with himself. The Belgian took out tops to go within one of glory.

Another bag of nails leg was finally finished by Van den Bergh with double 16 to wrap it up with a classic dancing jig.