Joe Cullen maintained his maiden European Tour title with a sensational performance to defeat Michael van Gerwen 8-5 from the Darts Matchplay closing in Mannheim .
The Bradford genius asserted the name of his profession in style as he overcame World Champion Van Gerwen using a positive and clinical revealing.
Having never previously won past the semi-finals at the European Tour, Cullen saw Glen Durrant, William O’Connor and James Wade off in the decider at the Maimarkthalle to reserve his place on Sunday.
He showed no nerves from the World Champion, asserting four of their opening five legs to move 4-1 up, adding a and opening the closing.
Van Gerwen reacted in the first time, only to see Cullen power house as he opened up a 5-2 lead, a 170 voucher to deliver the German audience to their feet.
Van Gerwen revealed his course to par the closing, but Cullen regained the edge to direct 7-5 – punishing misses to break – .
“To beat Michael in the final will be amazing,” said Cullen, who dropped over 101 in the closing. “It’s the greatest moment in my profession, it is good.
“Michael is the consummate professional, he is so gracious in defeat and victory. Michael and me are friends and he uttered me .
“It was only one of the weekends. For us mere mortals, we’re not Michael, that the point is where we perform very poor or all play well and the standard has been established by Michael.
“I have been threatening to win a tournament for a little while and that weekend I believed I was going to win it. It believed it. I couldn’t see that anybody could beat me now.”
It is not long to wait patiently until darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena and seven times of policy continues until the final on Saturday.