Dave Chisnall came up short in the final of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy as Michael van Gerwen retained his title on ‘The Rock’ and won his third successive PDC European Tour event of 2016.
The world number one has been unstoppable on the European Tour this year, and followed up his victories in the Dutch Darts Masters and German Darts Masters by taking the title with a 6-2 victory on Sunday night.
Morecambe ace Chisnall kicked off the final with a 180, but had to come from two legs down - after van Gerwen took out 82 and 107 - to level by checking out a 13-dart finish and 124 on the bull to level.
Van Gerwen, though, kicked off leg five with two 180s as he regained the lead with an 11-darter, before finishing 106 and 124 in successive legs to lead 5-2, and a fourth straight leg sealed the £25,000 top prize.
Chisnall also stared defeat in the face in a tight quarter-final as he survived three missed match darts from Mensur Suljovic, winning 6-5, before a brilliant 6-0 semi-final win over Ian White.
However, the resort thrower was forced to settle for the £10,000 runner-up prize as he missed out on a second European Tour title in his fifth final.
Van Gerwen didn’t have it all his own way as he followed up his third round win over Mervyn King in the afternoon session with a nervy, narrow 6-5 quarter-final victory over Gibraltar’s Dyson Parody.
Following that scare, van Gerwen was clinical as he restricted Kim Huybrechts to just two darts at doubles in a ruthless 6-0 semi-final victory, averaging 109.92 in the process, before powering past Chisnall in the decider.
The PDC European Tour continues next weekend with the HappyBet European Darts Matchplay taking place in Hamburg from May 13 to 15.