Michael van Gerwen left looking confused as star ‘forgets his darts’

Michael van Gerwen was left with a hilarious look of confusion on his face after realising he had forgotten his darts at the World Darts Championship on Saturday night.

The Dutchman took to the stage in front of a rapturous Alexandra Palace crowd as fans chanted his name ahead of his showdown with debutant Chas Barstow.

It took the 32-year-old nearly a minute to realise he had forgotten to bring his darts to the stage, leaving him with a puzzled look as he fruitlessly searched for them.

Eventually van Gerwen was handed his darts by an official as a knowing smirk appeared on his face.

That may have played a role in his tentative start, with the three-time winner losing the opening set in dramatic fashion.

With the pair trading four consecutive holds to start proceedings, Van Gerwen was left stunned after he squandered seven darts at double to draw first blood.

He was able to rectify that in set two after another nervy start with two 61 finishes shifting the momentum in the Dutchman’s favour, which he built on with a two-dart 80 combination to level the score.

The Green Machine extended his winning run to six straight legs in the third before a stunning six-dart sequence led him to victory.

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Speaking after the win, Van Gerwen said: “I’m not really happy with the way I played. I have to do better in the next round. I know that.

“I think Chas played well in the beginning of the game, but I made it too hard for myself.

“I missed so many doubles but at the end I won, that’s the most important thing.

“I never give up.”

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