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Michael van Gerwen put on a great show to beat Gerwyn Price and take a third World Matchplay title on a sparkling Sunday evening in Blackpool.  View the top cash registers of the final...

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Michael van Gerwen put on a great show to beat Gerwyn Price and take a third World Matchplay title on a sparkling Sunday evening in Blackpool. View the top cash registers of the final…

Michael van Gerwen put on a great show to beat Gerwyn Price and take a third World Matchplay title on a sparkling Sunday evening in Blackpool. View the top cash registers of the final…

Michael van Gerwen sealed a hat-trick of World Matchplay titles after winning an epic battle with Gerwyn Price at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday.

The Dutchman, who recently had wrist surgery, has had a dip in form in recent years since winning a third World Championship crown in 2019, but looked back at his best after recovering from a slow start to take a stunning 18-14 win . converting five-ton-plus finishes to win the top prize of £200,000 and the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy.

Van Gerwen said during his interview on stage: “To get my hands on the trophy again means the world to me. Coming back against a player in his form means a lot to me.

“I can only be proud. This is what they want, they want drama in the final. I’m really proud of myself for keeping my nerves together.”

Van Gerwen says the good times are back after winning a World Matchplay classic

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Van Gerwen says the good times are back after winning a World Matchplay classic

Van Gerwen says the good times are back after winning a World Matchplay classic

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The three-time world champion came so close to a nine-darter finish...

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The three-time world champion came so close to a nine-darter finish…

The three-time world champion came so close to a nine-darter finish…

Price found himself in dreamland in the early exchanges, taking advantage of a riotous start from Van Gerwen to race to a 4-0 lead, before the Dutchman came painfully close to opening his account with a sensational nine-darter in leg five.

‘The Green Machine’ missed double 12 for his second perfect leg at the Winter Gardens, but a 10-dart leg catalysed a stunning three-legged burst, leaving him trailing a 13-darter with a spectacular 160 checkout to the backlog reduce to 4-3.

The three-time world champion shot maximums with alarming regularity, but his outer ring woes resurfaced in leg eight, with six more misses on doubles – bringing his tally to 17 – allowing Price to regain control at 6-4.

Van Gerwen landed this beautiful 160 finish early doors

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Van Gerwen landed this beautiful 160 finish early doors

Van Gerwen landed this beautiful 160 finish early doors

The third session was brimming with quality, as Price established a four-legged buffer with 11, 12 and 14 dart legs, but a brilliant 82 finish on Van Gerwen’s bull, coupled with a 10th 180 and a 12-dart break in leg 15 , saw him narrow the deficit to 9-6.

Van Gerwen continued his relentless attack on the treble 20, firing in back-to-back 180s and knocking out 97 in two darts for an 11-dart hold, before pinning an effortless 140 combination to keep two legs adrift.

Price, who finished brilliantly in the opening trade, began to show fallibility in the doubles division and Van Gerwen took advantage by winning three of the next four legs to finish 12-12.

The Dutchman took the win with this stunning 121 checkout that culminated in a bull's eye

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The Dutchman took the win with this stunning 121 checkout that culminated in a bull’s eye

The Dutchman took the win with this stunning 121 checkout that culminated in a bull’s eye

The tension was palpable in the Winter Gardens, but after four straight grabs, Van Gerwen struck the decisive blow in leg 29, with a stunning 130 finish to secure the lead for the first time.

The 33-year-old solidified his lead with a comfortable grip, before going in a leg of glory with a nerveless scum of 114 – his fourth barrel-plus finish of the competition.

Price answered with a ninth 180 to keep his hopes up, but an inspired Van Gerwen couldn’t be denied, finishing a famous win with a brilliant 121 checkout in the bull’s eye.

‘The Iceman’ won £100,000 in second place after a stellar campaign, including an average of 104 against Jose De Sousa and a nine-darter in his semi-final success against Danny Noppert.

The Dutch ace somehow found the bull's eye for this amazing 82 finish on the bull!

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The Dutch ace somehow found the bull’s eye for this amazing 82 finish on the bull!

The Dutch ace somehow found the bull’s eye for this amazing 82 finish on the bull!

The 37-year-old was unable to cap off a brilliant week with his eighth televised PDC triumph, but he does recapture the world’s No. 1 after Peter Wright’s departure in the quarter-finals.

“I hope we can have many more battles like this. I think a final for this tournament would have been a dream for me because I’ve been going through a tough period,” added Van Gerwen.

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Price admitted Van Gerwen deserved the title

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Price admitted Van Gerwen deserved the title

Price admitted Van Gerwen deserved the title

“I was lucky enough to lead 9-6. Michael is a fantastic player and once he gets going like that it’s hard to contain him,” admitted Price, the 2021 world champion. .

“I didn’t have a purple patch I needed in this game, and I think Michael had it all!

“Michael was fantastic. He is a deserved winner. He is a great player and a good friend.”

“I’m absolutely proud of myself, especially with the way I’ve played over the past few months. I just couldn’t do it today.”

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