The final, which took place in Milton Keynes, England, was played on Sunday to a best of 35 legs. That was to say: whoever won eighteen games first, won the World Matchplay. Van den Bergh started well and won leg one. Then Anderson picked up for a moment by winning two in a row. But our compatriot resisted and paused with a 3-2 lead, after which he found his rhythm. The 26-year-old from Antwerp threw a 121 checkout and appeared 5-4.
But Anderson is not just a two-time world champion. After Van den Bergh missed three times on double sixteen, the 49-year-old Scot threw a 130: 5-6 for Anderson.
But Dancing Dimi was again able to resist. He picked up the next leg with a checkout of no less than 170. Then he threw the first 180 of the final again, heading for an 8-7 lead at the next break of the game.
Our compatriot then continued on his momentum and was 10-7 after a checkout of 64. Then he was even 12-8, his biggest lead so far. At the time, Van den Bergh threw an average of seven points more than Anderson.
Dancing Dimi was completely loose and also won the next two legs. First he threw out a 124, then even a 132 with a bullseye.
Van den Bergh was unstoppable and finished 18-10. He jumped into the air with joy. Our compatriot impressively won his first final of a TV tournament and is in one fell swoop 165,000 euros richer.