Reyes - Qualified for the World Grand Prix (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Cristo Reyes – Qualified for the World Grand Prix (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen won three consecutive Pro Tour events last week but lost out to Phil Taylor in the final of the first ever Champions League of Darts.

van Gerwen won a triple-header of Players Championships in Barnsley, the last of which saw fellow ZWA ace Cristo Reyes, of Spain, qualify for the World Grand Prix with a brilliant run to the quarter-finals.

There were also last eight spots for Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez and Holland’s Berry van Peer.

Vincent van der Voort, suffered a blow, however, as the Dutchman missed out on a place in the World Grand Prix in Dublin despite two runs to the last 16.

van Gerwen headed to Cardiff for the inaugural Champions League, having won his last six tournaments and enjoyed victories against Scottish pair Robert Thornton and Peter Wright either side of a group stage defeat to Taylor.

He then produced his best display of the weekend to see off World Champion Gary Anderson in the semi-finals but was denied by a strong performance by Taylor in the decider.

van Gerwen goes into next week’s World Grand Prix as the tournament favourite and will take on Steve Beaton in the first round.

Reyes has been drawn against Australia’s Kyle Anderson