Van Gerwen – the reigning champion – crashed out in a last set shoot-out after Rob Cross clinched a 6-5 win in the early hours of this morning to reach his first world darts final.
The Green Machine struggled in the early stages to contain the number nine seed Cross.
Cross checked out beautifully with 161 to go 3-2 up.
At one point, Van Gerwen was shaky with his doubles, missing five at Double 16.
The Dutch master though hit back and clinched five legs in a row.
The match swung back and forth, and Van Gerwen missed some incredible opportunities.
After going to a shoot-out, the match stretched to a sudden death.
Van Gerwen missed six match darts, and Cross gobbled up his opportunity to set up a final showdown against Phil Taylor tomorrow.
On facing Taylor in the final, Cross said: “He’s my favourite player.
“He’s dominant, but I need to do my own job.
“I never expected this rise – I’m just a normal working boy.”
Cross will be competing in his first PDC World Darts final.