Michael van Gerwen (last updated 28/03/18) 

Michael van Gerwen is 29 years old and is from Boxtel in the Netherlands. He began playing darts at the age of 13 and won the Winmau World Masters and threw a televised nine-dart-finish within four years, becoming the youngest person to do either. 

 

MvG has a multitude of achievements. In 2005 he became the youngest ever winner of a BDO ranking event when he won the Norway Open. In 2007 he made the switch from the BDO to the PDC and in his first PDC World Championship he had one dart at double 12 to knock out the then 13 times world champion Phil Taylor in the first round. It would have ended Taylor's phenominal record of reaching every PDC World Championship Final but it wasn't to be, although Wayne Mardle did end Taylor's run in that year's quarter-finals. 

 

Van Gerwen's first tournament victory on the PDC circuit came on 11th April 2009 when he beat Dutch compatriot Vincent van der Voort 6-3 in the final of a Players Championship event in Taunton. He competed on the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour as well as the Pro Tour and played in two PDC World Youth Championship finals,  6-4 to Arron Monk in 2011 and 6-3 to James Hubbard in 2012.

 

2012 was Van Gerwen's breakthrough year as he moved up from 38 in the PDC Order of Merit to number 4, winning his first PDC major, the World Grand Prix beating Mervyn King 6-4 in the final, having trailed 3-0 and 4-1. In that year he also won four Players Championship events and a UK Open Qualifying event.

 

In the 2013 PDC World Championship MvG hit a nine-dart-finish in a semi-final win over James Wade and almost repeated the feat in the next leg, missing the crucial last dart at double twelve. He went on to lose to Phil Taylor 7-4 in the final, having lead 4-2. He then beat Taylor in the Premier League final and added the Players Championship Finals, the Dubai Darts Masters as well as two Euro Tour events, two Players Championship titles and five UK Open Qualifying events to his ever growing list of tournament wins.

 

In 2014 the Green Machine scooped his first World Championship trophy, beating Peter Wright 7-4 in the final. He also went on to win the World Grand Prix for the second time, the European Championship, the World Cup of Darts (with Raymond van Barneveld) the Dubai Darts Masters for the second time, the Singapore Darts Masters, a Euro Tour title, three Players Championship titles and a UK Open Qualifier titles.

 

After being defeated in the semi-finals of the World Championship in 2015 by Gary Anderson, Van Gerwen went on to win the World Matchplay, Grand Slam of Darts, the European Championship for the second time, the UK Open, the Players Championship Finals for the second time, The Masters, The Dubai Darts Masters for the third time, the World Series of Darts Finals as well as five Euro Tour titles, two Players Championship event wins and three UK Open Qualifying titles.

 

2016 saw the Dutchman win the World Grand Prix for the third time, the Grand Slam of Darts for the second time, the Premier League for the second time, the European Championship for the third time, the UK Open for the second time, the Players Championship Finals for the third time, The Masters for the second time, the Perth Masters, the Shanghai Darts Masters, the World Series of Darts Finals for the second time, six Euro Tour titles, five Players Championship titles and three UK Open Qualifying titles.   

 

In 2017 Van Gerwen won his second World Championship, beating Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final. He also won the Grand Slam of Darts for the third time, Premier League for the third time, European Championship for the fourth time, Players Championship Finals for the fourth time, The Masters for the third time, the World Cup of Darts (with Raymond van Barneveld) for the second time, the Shanghai Darts Masters for the second time, the US Darts Msters, the World Series of Darts Finals for the third time, six Euro Tour events, two Players Championships and one UK Open Qualifying title.

 

In 2018 MvG won The Masters for the fourth straight year, beating Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 in the final. He also won the first Euro Tour event of the year, The European Darts Open in Leverkusen, Germany, beating Peter Wright 8-7 in the final as well as the first two Coral UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan and three Players Championship events, two in Barnsley and one in Milton Keynes.

 

Head-to-head 

 

Van Gerwen is currently ranked number 1 on the PDC Order of Merit and has played Rob Cross once in 2016, nine times in 2017 and once in 2018. The first meeting between the two playes was on the 5th March 2016 in the Coral UK Open in Minehead. Cross had qualified as an amateur through the Riley's qualifiers and came up against MvG in the fourth round in Minehead after wins aganst Ken MacNeil, Wes Newton and Jeffrey de Graaf. Most people wouldn't have given Cross a chance in this match up but he performed admirally, going down 9-5 despite Van Gerwen hitting a nine-dart-finish and taking out two checkouts of 170.

 

They next met on 30th April 2017 in the third round of Players Championship 10 in Wigan. By now Cross had already won an earlier Players Championship event and beaten plenty of the world's top players so was more at home taking on someone of MvG's stature. 'Voltage' performed very well, producing a 104.49 in a 6-5 loss.

 

The third meeting between the two players was at the Happybet European Darts Open in Leverkusen on the 2nd of July 2017. This time Cross got his first win over the world number one, winning the third round tie 6-2 with an average of 102.30.

 

Two months later they met again in another Euro Tour event. This time it was in the final of the German Darts Grand Prix in Mannheim. MvG won that one 6-3 with Cross averaging 105.34. 

 

They met again in two more finals in October 2017. MvG won both, the first was for the European Darts Trophy in Gottingen. Cross averaged 93.23 in a 6-4 loss in this one. Two weeks later they played each other in Cross's first major final. The Unibet European Championship in Hasselt, Belgium. This time MvG won 11-7 with Cross averaging 102.39.

 

A week later the two met again. This time it was in the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Series of Darts in Glasgow. Van Gerwen won 10-4, Cross averaged 96.84.

 

Playing each other was now becoming a habit and they met again in the first week of November 2017 in a group match at the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton. A closely fought encounter went the way of Van Gerwen again, a 5-4 result with Cross averaging 104.70. Both players qualified passed the group stage and met each other again in the quarter-finals six days later. Another close one, Cross averaged 102.54 with MvG coming out on top again 16-13.

 

The two players next met in an epic tussle in the semi-finals of the 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace in London on 30th December 2017. The match was nip and and tuck all the way. The first eight sets went with throw then just when the Dutchman looked to have swung the tie in his direction by winning the ninth set against throw, back came Cross to level at five sets apiece to send the match into a final set. The match went all the way to a sudden death last leg shootout with the scores at five sets all and five legs all. Van Gerwen had already missed five darts to win the match and went on to miss another before Cross took out double eight to advance to the final. Cross averaged 100.97 and went on to beat Phil Taylor in the final 7-2.

 

The most recent meeting was on night one of the 2018 Unibet Premier League at the 3Arena in Dublin in February. Van Gerwen recorded his ninth victory over Cross by taking out 114 on three occasions in a 7-2 victory.

 

Results vs Michael van Gerwen

 

Date Comp Venue Round Result Average
05/03/16 UKO Minehead 4R L 5-9
30/04/17 PC10 Wigan 3R L 5-6 104.49
02/07/17 ET8 Leverkusen 3R W 6-2 102.30
10/09/17 ET10 Mannheim F L 3-6 105.34
15/10/17 ET12 Gottingen F L 4-6 93.23
29/10/17 EC Hasselt F L 7-11 102.39
05/11/17 WSF Glasgow QF L 4-10 96.84
12/11/17 GS Wolverhampton G L 4-5 104.70
18/11/17 GS Wolverhampton QF L 13-16 102.54
30/12/17 WC London SF W  6-5* 100.97
01/02/17 PL Dublin - L 2-7 98.60

 

Key:

UKO = Coral UK Open

PC = Players Championship

ET = Euro Tour

EC = Unibet European Championship

WSF = Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals

GS = bwin Grand Slam of Darts

WC = William Hill World Championship

PL = Unibet Premier League

 

* = sets

 

All Results above show Rob Cross's score first. 

The averages shown are Rob Cross's.

 

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