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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a third European Tour title of 2018 after a string of exceptional displays in Sindelfingen, where he fellow ZWA stars impressed at the European Darts Grand Prix.

Fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert enjoyed a run to his first European Tour semi-final after defeating Peter Wright and Joe Cullen on the final day.

Paul Nicholson reached the last 16 of a PDC tournament for the first time this year thanks to wins against Mervyn King and ZWA ace Dawson Murschell, who was making his European Tour debut.

Van Gerwen averaged over 110 in his quarter-final win against Dave Chisnall, a semi-final whitewash against Michael Smith – which took just over ten minutes to complete seven legs – and his final triumph against James Wade.

The Dutchman had earlier seen off Alan Tabern and Darren Webster in a tournament that saw his match average improve with every round.

“I think that was my best ever tournament,” said the world number one, who picked up his 23rd career European Tour win and his tenth PDC title of 2018 with the success.

“To average over 110 for three games in a row is special.

“Other players always push me, and I have to do something special to win these games.

“James is back on track and playing consistently well again. He pushed me all the way especially at the start of the game.”