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Van Barneveld wins Grand Slam

Raymond van Barneveld captured The Grand Slam of Darts after winning his all-Dutch final with Michael van Gerwen 16-14.

Van Barneveld was never headed in the best-of-31 final at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton as he followed up his semi-final win over Andy Hamilton to land the 100,000 first prize and secure his first major title for five years.

The first four legs were shared before, sparked by a 134 checkout in the fifth, van Barneveld raced into a 6-2 lead.

But last month's World Grand Prix champion van Gerwen hit bulleseye to cut the gap to 5-6 and later produced his fourth 170 checkout of the week to close to 10-12 after van Barneveld looked to be getting away again.

Five-time World Champion van Barneveld showed his class with back-to-back checkouts of 95 and 110 to pull 14-11 clear but had to endure a huge late scare after moving 15-13 up.

Facing double top for the match, he hit single five, allowing van Gerwen to pounce but van Barneveld quickly regained his composure and closed the match out with an 11-darter.

"It's amazing," said van Barneveld afterwards. "I'm really emotional and it's hard to find the words to describe this feeling.

"Michael's a brilliant player and he's a future World Champion. He could be the best in the world and he's not far off."

Van Gerwen said: "It feels very good for me to reach another final and it's been a very nice week for me.

"The crowd have been brilliant to me and Raymond played well tonight."