Adams led 5-2 but the 17-year-old Dutchman then reeled off five consecutive sets to emerge a 7-5 victor and deny the England captain the biggest triumph of his career.
It was a real battle of the generations with Adams, at 50, old enough to be Van Gerwen’s grandfather and he first contested this tournament before ‘Mighty Mike’ was born.
(Article from Peterborough Today)
After a 6-0 whitewash of Steve Farmer in the semi-finals, Adams was hot favourite to vindicate his number-one seeding and he started the final superbly, opening up a 4-1 lead.
‘Wolfie’ even had two darts to go 5-1 up at the interval but missed, letting in Van Gerwen to make it 4-2. A 124 checkout by Adams restored his three-set lead but after that it all went the youngster’s way.
He drew level at 5-5 with an 87 checkout, capitalised on poor finishing by Adams to edge ahead against the throw and closed it out with a brilliant 99 checkout.
“I feel great,” said Van Gerwen. “It’s a nice tournament with good players and one of the most difficult ones in the world to win.
“I needed to break Martin’s throw when I was behind and I did. I was still confident because that’s darts – you can always win.”
Adams claimed his form had dropped towards the end of the match because he had been distracted at a critical time.
(read the entire article on the Peterborough Today website)