PDC World Darts Championship: Michael van Gerwen thrashes Adrian Lewis in semi-final
Last Updated: 31/12/13 7:17am
Michael van Gerwen: Whitewashed Adrian Lewis in semi-final at Alexandra Palace
Michael van Gerwen stormed into his second straight PDC World Darts Championship final after demolishing Adrian Lewis 6-0 at Alexandra Palace.
Van Gerwen finished with an average of 103.02 and hit 58 per cent of the doubles he attempted to set up showdown with Peter Wright for the world crown on New Year's Day.
An epic battle was expected between the two highest-ranked players left in the tournament but in reality the world No 2 triumphed in a thoroughly one-sided conest.
Lewis' scoring could not be faulted but the two-time champion's double-hitting was as poor as van Gerwen's was brilliant, resulting in a stunning whitewash in the Dutchman's favour.
"In the end the score looked a bit easier than it actually was," van Gerwen told Sky Sports.
"I did a lot in the right moments. Adrian was struggling on his doubles and his finishes, in the important moments he didn't do well and I took advantage of that."
He added: "Me and Peter played against each other so much last year - I won a bit more against him than he (did against) me but that doesn't say anything, he's played very well this tournament."
Van Gerwen rattled off the first set in just 5 minutes 26 seconds and took out a 146 finish during the second, only to see Lewis hit back by taking out 158 in the next leg.
An 11-darter from last year's runner-up saw him take the deciding leg and open up a two-set cushion and then Lewis lost his throw at the start of the third set after missing six darts at doubles.
Van Gerwen forged ahead, taking out 72 in two darts to win the set before opening the fourth set with a 121 finish. He broke Lewis' throw in the next leg and then moved 4-0 up in sets thanks to an outrageous 154 checkout.
Lewis then hit a ton-plus checkout of his own but more missed doubles later in the set allowed the second seed to break throw again and take a five-set lead.
The sixth set went to a deciding leg, but van Gerwen came through on his own throw to complete the whitewash.