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Thursday 28 August 2014

Darts: Van Gerwen to face Taylor

Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00

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Michael van Gerwen came agonisingly close to historic back-to-back nine-dart finishes as he booked his place in the World Championship final by beating James Wade.

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Van Gerwen was leading three sets to one but trailing 2-0 in the fifth set when he found a perfect leg by hit a maximum 180, 177 and then finished 144 on double 12. And the fans were still on their feet moments later when Van Gerwen hit two more maximums to start the next leg and narrowly missed double 12 for a checkout on 141.

Remarkably, Van Gerwen did not even win the set, with Englishman Wade holding his nerve to win the fifth leg and reduce his deficit. However, Van Gerwen held on for a 6-4 win.

He will meet 15-time world champion Phil Taylor in the final after 'The Power' held off a Raymond van Berneveld fightback to win 6-4.

TENNIS

TOP seed Ciaran Fitzgerald suffered last four heartbreak for the second year on the trot in the Wilson National Indoor Championships.

Last night, Fitzgerald saw his hopes of title glory smashed to smithereens by former world U-18 boys' singles No 30 John Morrissey after a 6-3 6-4 defeat.

Morrissey's opponent in today's final will be fellow Dubliner Colin O'Brien, who romped to a 6-1 6-1 win over 17-year-old Robert Dudley.

In the women's singles semi-finals, Tipperary's Hannah-May Morrissey came up short against 17-year-old Holly Monahan going down 7-5 6-1.

EQUESTRIAN

Denis Lynch was consistently in the money at the 5-Star show in Mechelen, Belgium, but clear rounds proved elusive for all three Irish contenders in yesterday's World Cup qualifier.

On Friday, Lynch was third in the Masters with Vedor and on Saturday night he produced a brilliant double-clear from All Star to claim third again in the Grand Prix, which was won by Frenchman Simon Delestre.

But a single error from the exciting stallion denied the Tipperary man a place in yesterday's World Cup jump-off, while Jessica Kuerten (Vincente) also made just one mistake and Mark McAuley (Par Trois) collected eight faults.

Irish Independent

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