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Van Gerwen sets darts record in London

Press Association logoPress Association 1/01/2017

Michael van Gerwen has charged into the final of the lucrative World Darts Championship, producing a tournament-record average on his way to a 6-2 win over fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in London.

The duo maintained their usual high standards throughout, with 'Mighty Mike' racking up a record average of 114.05 for the event in a semi-final that also saw 29 maximums at the STG1.6m ($A2.7m) competition.

Van Barneveld took a 1-0 lead courtesy of 107, 131 and 96 checkouts to take the opening three legs but that did not affect van Gerwen, who responded by taking the next leg with a 124 finish before sealing the set to level the scores.

The two shared the next two sets before 27-year-old van Gerwen stepped up another gear to leave his opponent in his wake, despite the No.12 seed averaging over 109 in the match.

An 11-dart finish helped van Gerwen to take the fifth set and a checkout of 47 secured the sixth as he moved 4-2 up before the world No.1 won five of the next seven legs to stun Van Barneveld, sealing victory with two double 18s.

He will face Gary Anderson, who stayed on course to retain his title by beating Peter Wright 6-3 to reach his third successive final.

The Flying Scotsman rocketed out of the blocks, winning five straight legs to kick off the contest as he stormed into a two-set lead in the best-of-11 match - which included a 127 checkout.

The winner of the competition will bank STG350,000 ($A600,000).

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