Sunday, 18 November 2012

Double Dutch at Darts Grand Slam

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The Grand Slam of Darts will see two Dutchmen go head-to-head after Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld booked their places in Sunday's final.

Van Gerwen, who knocked out Phil Taylor in the round of 16, made a blistering start against Dean Winstanley, winning 10 of the first 11 legs to race into an 11-1 lead.

Winstanley hit back with three straight legs of his own, however Van Gerwen quickly regained top form - epitomised by a superb 170 checkout in the 16th leg to move 12-4 in front.

Van Gerwen claimed the final two legs to run out a comfortable 16-8 winner and he is now looking forward to taking on Van Barneveld in an all-Dutch final.

"It's a very nice moment for me of course. I'm very happy to reach another big major final. I'm looking forward to tonight," he told Sky Sports. "I've worked so hard in the past couple of days. The job is not done yet."

Van Barneveld was in equally ruthless form as he recovered from 3-0 down to secure a 16-10 win over Andy 'The Hammer' Hamilton.

Hamilton led 6-3 after nine games, but nine straight legs put Van Barneveld in firm control of the contest.

Three straight legs piled the pressure back on 'Barnie' as Hamilton pulled it back to 15-10, but a 100 checkout from the Dutchman settled the affair.

"Before this game I had a good record against Andy, but he's had such a good year. The last five, six and seven legs I was so tired. You could see it in my game, that 100 finish that was a great relief," said Van Barneveld. "I'm happy."

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