In possibly the best World Series final in history, Gary Anderson retained his title sporting a record 110 average. Despite the ridiculous statistics it was not all plain sailing for the now two time champion. Michael van Gerwen had taken a 5-3 in the opening stages, before the clinical finishing of Anderson leveled proceedings.
He then landed a usually unflavoured double 16 resume control, a grip that he would not relinquish. When the world’s elite play at this level it all looks so effortless. As Anderson crashed in his twelfth maximum in the deciding leg, I laid back and took in the magnificent contest I had just witnessed. So often these television finals don’t live up to expectation but the supreme scoring coupled with the ludicrously consistent finishing produced who of the best finals of the season. Either player could have lifted the trophy this evening, but it was Gary Anderson who retained the Dubai Darts Masters.
Gary Anderson 11-7 Michael van Gerwen
How they made it this far…
Gary Anderson trounced Peter Wright to move into the first World Series final of the year. The duo exchanged blows in the opening five legs of the dual, but Anderson began to rev up as the players re-emerged from the break. The Flying Scotsman made easy work of 141, before continuing his excellent darts be extending his advantage.
Wright then bashed in a 104 checkout to put himself within arm’s length, before the three leg cushion was restored. But back came Wright, the grit and determination that steered him to a first major title earlier this year, again prevailing as he went within one of Anderson.
The Scottish world Cup pairing again trade legs before Wright would make the pivotal mistake. Five missed darts at the double gifting Anderson a simple double 10 to move within one of a second consecutive final. The trimmings and cherry on the top would be provided in the shape of double eight as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ uncovered the pathway to final to meet Michael van Gerwen
Van Gerwen booked his place in the Dubai Masters for a fifth time with a comfortable win over Gerwyn Price. The green leaved Welshman rarely threatened the World number one despite van Gerwen not hitting the usual tonne average.
Price knocked James Wade out at the Quarter final stage yesterday, but could not repeat the giant killing feat as the Green Machine let his class ooze in the latter stages.
With the venue filling up throughout the evening, there a much more boisterous crowd in attendance for finals day. The inconsistent scoring of Price never allowed them to really get behind him. The pair exchanged legs in the first session, van Gerwen going in 3-2 leader. He would then reel off six legs on the trot, with his opponent hardly seeing a shot at the double.
The clear crowd favourite, blasted in seven perfect darts before chucking the crucial eights into the single 5, and with his blood boiling, he wasted the final darts. The Dutchman would hoover up his loss of concentration, dispatching double three to go two legs away for victory.
It was the cleaning up that was the clear difference maker in the semi, but the final was just sheer class. Either man could’ve won this evening, but with Gary Anderson making inroads into the order of merit, his thrust of form could continue into the World Cup and beyond
Semi Final Results
Gary Anderson 11-8 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Gerwyn Price