Burnham-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson crashed out of the PDC World Championships on Sunday night with a 6-1 loss to Michael van Gerwen.
Number one seed Van Gerwen took a tight first set on a deciding leg but then dominated the Burnham player, who is ranked as the world number four.
Van Gerwen, a two-time champion, averaged 104.76 and hit 50% of his doubles on the way to victory.
“I played really well, especially early doors,” said Van Gerwen. “He couldn’t find his form and I took advantage.”
“I had a phenomenal bullseye finish and I didn’t give him any room to breathe.”
“It means the world to reach the final. I do a lot to come to this stage but the work is not done yet.”
Van Gerwen’s match against Anderson was expected to be a classic but it proved a one-sided contest.
Anderson had lost 15 of 18 legs at one point before taking the sixth to avoid a whitewash.
Gary, who was champion in 2015 and 2016, averaged a score of 97.98 and hit 11 maximums.
Gary had complained of back pain throughout the tournament, and he required treatment from a chiropractor before his quarter-final win against Dave Chisnall.