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'Nobody should doubt my talent,' says MVG after Melbourne Darts Masters win

Michael van Gerwen got back to winning ways at the Melbourne Darts Masters on Saturday, beating Daryl Gurney 8-3 in the final to lift the trophy.

The world number one had gone seven tournaments without a title and 15 matches without averaging 100, but he put both those things right in Australia.

MVG began his day with an 8-6 win over Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals, when he ticked over the three-figure average on 100.63.

The world champion then obliterated Peter Wright 8-0 in the semis, before edging out Gurney in the final.

The Dutchman is delighted to get back in the winners’ enclosure, and had a message to anyone questioning his position at the very top of the sport.

‘It is good to be back and winning titles again,’ said Van Gerwen. ‘People have been talking a little bit because they are used to seeing me win all the time.

‘Form is temporary and class is permanent, nobody should doubt my talent.

‘To beat Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and then Daryl in the final it shows that I am still the man to beat and I want to make it two out of three when we go to Hamilton next week.’

Gurney will have to continue his search for a first World Series title, but had an impressive outing in Melbourne.

Superchin beat Kyle Anderson in the first round before seeing off Simon Whitlock and Rob Cross en route to the final.

The Brisbane Darts Masters champion, Damon Heta, could not repeat his heroics of last week, impressively beating James Wade in round one but then falling to Cross in the last eight.

The World Series continues on Friday at the NZ Darts Masters in Hamilton, New Zealand.

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