World number one Michael van Gerwen finally broke his duck in Australia, as the Dutchman won the Perth Masters. In the semi-final MvG would have to get by Peter Wright, Snakebite was the star of the show yesterday as he averaged 109 when beating Corey Cadby. Wright never hit the heights of yesterday, and with only 25% on his doubles was never going to trouble the world number one. Van Gerwen was far from his best, as he only averaged 97 but still had too much for Wright. Van Gerwen would run out an 11-5 winner. In the other semi-final, we would see Dave Chisnall take on Raymond van Barneveld. This game was a much better contest than the other semi-final, with both players averaging over the 100 mark. Chizzy would beat the five times champion of the world 11-8, with a brilliant 104 average and eight 180s. Barney played his part in this game with a 100.70 average, and will hope he can take this form into the back end of the year.
After the semi-finals, many thought Dave Chisnall had a chance of winning his first PDC televised tournament, but the St Helens star couldn’t reproduce his stunning form from earlier in the night. Chizzy only averaged 94 in the final, 10 points off his semi-final average and this should in the scoreline. Van Gerwen was never in any danger as the world number one raced into a 4-1 lead, the closest Chisnall got was back to 6-3 but van Gerwen again went through the gears to comprehensively win 11-4. Victory in Australia had eluded the world number one over the last three years, so this will come as a relief to the Dutchman.
After van Gerwen told PDC.tv “This is my first World Series win in Australia so it’s a great victory.
Dave’s such a good player, and you have to produce your best game, but I went into the final with a lot of confidence because I had a fantastic record against him.
“I found it hard and didn’t play my best game, but think I did well to win this trophy, and I’m glad I did.
“I think tonight I played well; against Peter Wright, I didn’t give him any chances and against Dave, I did the right thing at the right moments, and if you want to win the tournament you have to do that.”
Dave Chisnall 11-8 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 11-5 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Dave Chisnall
By Phill Barrs