Van Gerwen - darts king of Blackpool (with final video)

Van Gerwen - triumphant
Van Gerwen - triumphant
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Michael Van Gerwen retained his BetVictor World Matchplay darts title with a ruthless 18-10 defeat of Phil Taylor at Blackpool's Winter Gardens denying the 15-time champion a return to glory.

Having lost out to Taylor on the Winter Gardens stage two years ago, van Gerwen followed up his 2015 success against James Wade by defeating the 15-time World Champion with a clinical display, hitting two-third of his darts at doubles alongside 12 maximums.

The triumph sees van Gerwen become only the third player - alongside Taylor and Rod Harrington - to retain the prestigious World Matchplay title, as he retained the trophy and pocketed a £100,000 first prize as he won a 12th tournament of 2016.

"It feels amazing to win this title again," said van Gerwen. "I think I played well all through the tournament and I dominated the final - against Phil you always need to step up a bit and I did.

"To beat Phil is always nice because he's a legend and I've got so much respect for him. He knows that and that makes it even better to win this trophy by beating him.

"Phil gave me a chance and he knows that if he gives me a chance I'll take them, and my confidence was there. He's never lost in a World Matchplay final so you know you need to play well, and I did that.

"I think I won this title quite comfortably but I did the right thing at the right moments in this tournament and I didn't make a lot of mistakes. I think I'm the best but you need to show it on that stage, especially in moments like that.

"I'm a really happy man to retain this title, it means a lot to me."