Belgian darts star Dimitri Van den Bergh produced a sensational nine-dart finish in his second round victory over Stephen Bunting in the Grand Slam Of Darts at Wolverhampton on Wednesday evening.
The 24-year-old nicknamed 'The Dreammaker' was 8-6 in front in their best-of-19 leg clash at Aldersley Leisure Village when he produced a perfect leg to put himself within one leg of victory over the 'Bullet'.
Replying to Bunting's opening score of 85, Van den Bergh scorched himself to his first maximum 180, while Bunting could only notch a mediocre 60 with his next three arrows leaving the door open for Van den Bergh to capitalise and put the pressure on.
Smoothly walking up to the oche, Van den Bergh hit another three treble 20s to leave himself the 141 checkout and a path to Grand Slam history. A meagre 90 points from Bunting saw him fail to put any pressure on the confident Van den Bergh, who nestled his seventh dart gorgeously in the 60.
As the crowd began to heighten their excitement, Van den Bergh switched to treble 19, which he successfully hit, and that left only the double-12 left for the personal milestone. Without taking breath the Belgian thrower watched his ninth and final dart fly into the double 12 and he turned around to salute the crowd by putting one finger up, and as the masses in the Wolverhampton crowd went berserk Van den Bergh lapped up the appreciation.
Now 9-6 in front, the Belgian managed to hold his nerve to win the next leg and bag himself a 10-6 victory, but his perfect leg on Wednesday night was the first nine-dart leg hit in the Grand Slam for three years, and it's sure to be a memory Van den Bergh will never forget.
Watch Dimitri Van den Bergh's sizzling nine-dart finish here: