Michael van Gerwen took glory at the World Darts Championship for the second time as fellow ZWA arrows aces produced some impressive performances at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Van Gerwen stormed to glory, defeating defending champion Gary Anderson in a record-breaking final which saw the pair share 42 180s – an all-time high for any game of darts.
The world number one also recorded the highest ever average seen at the World Championship with his incredible 114.05 against Raymond van Barneveld in their semi-final showdown – as he clinched the title by avenging defeats from the two player who had stopped him in the two previous years.
Fellow ZWA ambassador Cristo Reyes, of Spain, also forced Van Gerwen to produce his best in their second round encounter. Reyes averaged 106.07 in a second round defeat to the Dutchman, breaking the record for the highest ever losing average at the World Championship – only to be eclipsed by Van Barneveld’s 109.34 in the last four.
Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez forced top ten player Dave Chisnall to a deciding set in his first round match but went down 3-2, while injury plagued Vincent van der Voort suffered an early defeat against Max Hopp.