Raymond van Barneveld beats Michael van Gerwen in Grand Slam of Darts final
Last Updated: 18/11/12 11:16pm
Raymond van Barneveld captured The Grand Slam of Darts after winning his all-Dutch final with Michael van Gerwen 16-14.
Van Barneveld was never headed in the best-of-31 final at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton as he followed up his semi-final win over Andy Hamilton to land the £100,000 first prize and secure his first major title for five years.
The first four legs were shared before, sparked by a 134 checkout in the fifth, van Barneveld raced into a 6-2 lead.
But last month's World Grand Prix champion van Gerwen hit bulleseye to cut the gap to 5-6 and later produced his fourth 170 checkout of the week to close to 10-12 after van Barneveld looked to be getting away again.
Five-time World Champion van Barneveld showed his class with back-to-back checkouts of 95 and 110 to pull 14-11 clear but had to endure a huge late scare after moving 15-13 up.
"I'm really emotional and it's hard to find the words to describe this feeling."
Raymond van Barneveld
Facing double top for the match, he hit single five, allowing van Gerwen to pounce but van Barneveld quickly regained his composure and closed the match out with an 11-darter.
"It's amazing," said van Barneveld afterwards. "I'm really emotional and it's hard to find the words to describe this feeling.
"Michael's a brilliant player and he's a future World Champion. He could be the best in the world and he's not far off."
Van Gerwen said: "It feels very good for me to reach another final and it's been a very nice week for me.
"The crowd have been brilliant to me and Raymond played well tonight."