World Matchplay Final: Michael Van Gerwen 18-12 James Wade

Michael Van Gerwen became the Matchplay champion for the first time after defeating James Wade 18-12 in the final. Van Gerwen opened with a break, but Wade broke straight back and was arguably getting the better of the opening stages of the match, punishing Van Gerwen for missed doubles, winning scrappy legs and gaining a 4-2 lead. However, Van Gerwen claimed three of the next four legs and headed into the second break with the scores level.

The third session proved to be a crucial one, with Van Gerwen winning it 4-1 and taking a 9-6 lead. Whilst Van Gerwen settled into the match and started to move through the gears, Wade started to struggle with hitting the trebles and matching the scoring power of Van Gerwen, who was finishing better at this point. Van Gerwen’s dominance continued, with Wade winning occasional legs, but never threatening to make a comeback and prevent Van Gerwen claiming the title. Van Gerwen proved what an excellent front runner he is as he coasted to an 18-12 victory, including his ninth 180 of the match in the final leg. A well-deserved victory for Van Gerwen, who was clearly the better player on the night against a struggling James Wade.


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