Joe Cullen maintained his maiden European Tour title to conquer Michael van Gerwen 8-5 from the European Darts Matchplay closing in Mannheim on Sunday .
The Bradford ace claimed the title of his career in fashion as he conquered World Champion Van Gerwen with a revealing.
Having never won past the semi-finals at the European Tour, Cullen saw off Glen Durrant, William O’Connor and James Wade to reserve his place on Sunday in the decider at the Maimarkthalle.
He demonstrated no nerves asserting four of their five legs to move 4-1 up, including a and starting the closing with a 180.
Van Gerwen responded in the first time to see Cullen power home as he started up a lead a 170 checkout to bring the German audience.
Van Gerwen revealed his group with three legs at a row to measure the final, but Cullen recovered the edge using success 13-darters to direct 7-5 – penalizing misses to break – until an 88 ending to get a.
“To beat Michael in the final would be amazing,” said Cullen, who dropped over 101 in the closing. “It is the biggest moment in my profession, it’s fantastic.
“Michael is the consummate professional, he is so gracious in defeat and success. Michael and me are friends and I was congratulated by him wholeheartedly.
“It was merely one of those weekends. We’re not Michael, the point is where we all play well or perform bad and the standard has been put by Michael.
“I’ve been threatening to win a championship for a little while and that weekend I thought I was going to win it. It really believed it. I couldn’t find that anyone could beat me now.”
It is not long to wait till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12 and seven times of coverage continues until the closing on Saturday.