Van Gerwen was averaging 109 and came within three arrows of a nine-darter. But the Dutchman then missed four darts to secure himself a point and Henderson soon fought back, placing the dart in double 20 to make it 5-4.
Spurred on by the Aberdeen crowd, who never applauded MvG’s throws, Henderson kept his composure and can be proud of his 6-6 result.
‘Typical Wade’ serves up an atypical thrashing
James Wade has had a reputation in recent years as being the ‘Boring James Milner’ of darts. As commentator Wayne Mardle called him a few times before this match: “Typical James Wade.”
His performance on Thursday was far from typical though with constant treble 20s, a couple of big checkouts and a 110 average to boot.
Daryl Gurney’s first three darts, a total score of 58, epitomised the rest of his match as he quickly lost two turns of throw to go 3-0 down after a stunning 158 finish from Wade.
Even when Gurney started to pick up the pace he could not pass muster, twice missing double 14 for two successive 121 checkouts.
The missed doubles only seemed to encouraged Wade, who took both of those legs and ended up walking out of Aberdeen a 7-0 victor.