Dimitri takes Townsville by storm

DIMITRI Van den Bergh proved why he is the rising star of world darts by winning the Townsville leg of News Corp's International Pro Darts Showdown Series on Thursday night.

In front of a packed crowd, which included North Queensland Cowboys stars and former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, the reigning world youth champion defeated 16-time world champion Phil Taylor in the final 7-5 to cap off a brilliant night of darts.

At one point in the final both Taylor and the 23-year-old Belgian were on a three-dart average of about 111, such was the quality of darts shown.