World number 1 Michael Van Gerwin kept up his imperious form to defeat Phil Taylor 18-10 to win the World Matchplay in Blackpool. Taylor had looked something like his old self with a comfortable semi-final win over Gary Anderson but could not find the magic as Van Gerwin got a break of throw early on and never looked back. Taylor got a break back to get back to 13-8 but Van Gerwin stepped it up again to take five of the next seven legs to retain the title he won against James Wade last year.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
PDC World Matchplay – At The Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Semi-Finals (Best of 33 Legs)
Michael Van Gerwin (Holland) 17 – Adrian Lewis (England) 9
Phil Taylor (England) 17 – Gary Anderson (Scotland) 7
FINAL (Best of 35 legs)
Michael Van Gerwin (Holland) 18 – Phil Taylor (England) 10