Van den Bergh secures back-to-back World Youth Championship titles

Van den Bergh completes a memorable double in Minehead (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Dimitri van den Bergh became the first player to retain the PDC World Youth Championship title after a 6-3 win over Martin Schindler in the final in Minehead on Sunday.

The Belgian ace, who defeated Josh Payne to claim last year's crown, completed a historic double at the Butlins Minehead Resort to clinch the £10,000 top prize.

The pair had won through to the final earlier in November when the last 96 competed in the early rounds in Wigan.

Van den Bergh, who hit a nine-dart finish in the recent Grand Slam, got off to a flying start, landing a stunning 151 checkout to open up a 3-0 advantage.

Schindler held his nerve with a last-dart-in-hand double five to keep the tie alive at 4-2 and also landed a 13-darter to stay in touch at 5-3.

Van den Bergh, though, was not to be stopped as he romped to the winning line, coming close to breaking his own record average in a World Youth Championship final with a 100.44 total as he kept hold of the trophy.

"It feels incredible," said Van den Bergh. "I knew that I had the chance to make history and this is more beautiful than last year.

"Knowing that I'm back-to-back champion is something I will remember forever. I'm very, very happy that I played like I did because Martin is a fighter."

The 24-year-old will now concentrate solely on the senior circuit and has set his sights on emulating last year's run to the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

"In the World Youth Championship I've done my best and shown the young players that if you believe in yourself you can follow your dreams," he added.

"I will be stronger now at the World Championship and will be focused on taking it step by step."



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Van den Bergh secures back-to-back World Youth Championship titles

Dimitri van den Bergh became the first player to retain the PDC World Youth Championship title after a 6-3 win over Martin Schindler in the final in Minehead on Sunday.

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