Updated: Monday, 30 Dec 2013 23:05 | Comments
Michael van Gerwen crushed Adrian Lewis 6-0 to set up a PDC World Championship final against Peter Wright at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day.
The second semi-final between two-time champion Lewis and Van Gerwen had been hotly-anticipated but the Stoke thrower could not hit his doubles and last-year’s finalist took advantage in devastating fashion.
Earlier, Wright advanced to his first final after a comfortable 6-2 win against Simon Whitlock.
Wright did not compete in either world event between 1996 and 2009 but could now complete a remarkable career turnaround with victory on Wednesday.
Wright began with a 13-darter to break the throw and easily took the first set 3-1 before going two legs up in the second.
Whitlock pulled that back to 2-2 but Wright checked out 61 on double-top to move into a 2-0 lead.
The Scotsman then took the third set but Whitlock, who has appeared in the final of both forms of the World Championship, is made of stern stuff and fought back to claim the fourth set 3-1.
Wright, however, was in insatiable form and claimed the next two sets 3-1 and 3-0 to move within touching distance of the final.
When Whitlock was broken in the next leg, it looked as if the 43-year-old would cruise to the New Year’s Day showpiece but he began to show some nerves and poor scoring led to him surrendering a 2-1 lead.
A seventh double-16 finish then saw Wright level things up but Whitlock maintained his composure on double-top in the next to get a set back.
The man known as ‘Snakebite’ went 2-0 up in the eighth set and had the darts in his hand to go through, but he faltered as the Australian secured the leg.
There was to be no further reprieve, though, and he finished the match on double-eight to progress.