AFTER a week of surprise results, there was a very familiar winner as Michael van Gerwen lifted the UK Open title for the third time at Minehead on Sunday.

Scottish darts stars Gary Anderson and Peter Wright both crashed out with sixth-round defeats at Butlins, with Burnham-on-Sea resident Anderson beaten 10-9 by Dutchman Jelle Klaasen on Saturday.

There was little to choose between them throughout the contest, but Klaasen kept his cool in the last-leg decider to reach the quarter-finals.

Among a 160-strong field assembled in Minehead, Wellington’s Ryan Searle successfully advanced to the last 32, before a 10-8 defeat to Kim Huybrechts of Belgium.

In the end there was no stopping Van Gerwen, as the Dutchman ended an unusually lean spell of three months without a tournament win.

Having seen off Rob Cross and Daryl Gurney to reach the final, he found himself 5-1 down against Wales’ Gerwyn Price.

Price missed the chance to lead 6-1, and Van Gerwen surged back into contention and an 8-7 lead, before edging his way to an 11-9 victory and £100,000 in prize money.

Van Gerwen’s last tournament win had also been in Minehead, the venue for November’s Players Championship Finals.