World Grand Prix: Michael Van Gerwen beats James Wade in final

Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen celebrates his second World Grand Prix victory

World champion Michael van Gerwen defeated James Wade to win his second World Grand Prix title in Dublin.

The Dutch thrower, 25, won 5-3 to clinch the £100,000 first prize.

Van Gerwen twice found himself a set down to Aldershot's Wade, winner of the event in 2007 and 2010, but fought back to regain the crown he won in 2012.

"This is amazing and to win this tournament again is fantastic," said the world number one. "I did everything I could to win the game."

Van Gerwen continued: "James could have won the game, but I think I was the stronger player when I needed to be. James made it very difficult but I was just the better player and I'm so happy.

"He did brilliantly to reach the final and deserved to be there, but there can only be one winner and I'm glad it's me."

Wade, 31, hit a nine-dart finish against Robert Thornton earlier in the tournament and was pleased with his efforts in Dublin.

"There were two sets there where I had massive shots and I didn't take them, and Michael took his chances," said Wade. "He's great and he's the man to beat at the moment.

"It's a step in the right direction for me being back in a big final, so I'll take the positives from that. I'm back to where I belong, playing good darts again."

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