Adrian Lewis wins European Championship with 11-6 final victory over Simon Whitlock
Adrian Lewis is the European champion after powering to an 11-6 victory over Simon Whitlock in the final
Last Updated: 07/07/13 11:55pm
The destiny of the title never seemed in doubt as the two-time world champion took control early in the match at Mulheim in Germany.
Lewis won five legs in a row to move 6-1 ahead and was never in trouble thereafter.
In the title-clinching leg Lewis opened with 177 and, when Whitlock missed the bull for a 161 checkout, the midlander clocked a double five for the trophy to collect the winner's cheque of £50,000.
During the high-quality final Lewis had a three-dart average of over 100.
Earlier in the day Whitlock had seen off Belgian Ronny Huybrechts 11-7.
Huybrechts had produced one of the shocks of the year in the second round when he dispatched Phil Taylor.
But he had no answer to Whitlock who raced into a 5-1 lead which never looked under threat at any stage.
In the other semi-final, Lewis overcame Michael van Gerwen 11-8.
The Englishman was never behind, after taking the opening three legs, and went on to build an 8-3 advantage.