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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals for a third time on Sunday night, defeating Dave Chisnall 11-3 with a sensational display in the final at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

Van Gerwen’s incredible 2016 continued with a 25th tournament win and a third televised triumph of the month as he followed victories in the World Series of Darts Finals and Grand Slam of Darts by taking the £75,000 first prize.

Van Gerwen began the final day with a fantastic 108 average as he saw off fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld 10-5, before overcoming a huge scare to win his semi-final against Darren Webster 11-8.

Webster raced into a 6-0 lead to leave the world number one reeling, but van Gerwen stormed back to level before sealing the win with a 144 checkout.

With that fright out of the way, van Gerwen then proved unstoppable in the final as he again averaged 108 to retain the Players Championship Finals trophy.

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A 13-darter set the tone for van Gerwen, and though Chisnall recorded a 121 checkout in leg three and traded 13-darters with the Dutchman to stay in touch at 3-2, the reigning champion proved too strong with a mid-game surge.

Van Gerwen took five straight legs to move out to 8-2, including a ten-darter and legs of 12 and 13 darts, and though Chisnall responded to claim his third leg, further finishes of 13, 14 and 11 darts sealed the Dutchman’s triumph.

“It’s an amazing feeling for me and I’m a happy man,” said van Gerwen. “It wasn’t easy for me today and I had to work really hard, but I’m really glad that I won this trophy again.

“Darren gave me a scare and Dave had a chance to make it three-all, and Dave’s a dangerous player but I punished him when he let me in.

“Going into the World Championship this is a big confidence boost for me. What I’ve done this year is phenomenal and I’m really proud of myself because nobody has won as many tournaments as this before.”

Chisnall pocketed £35,000 as the runner-up after defeating Robbie Green and Peter Wright on Sunday, but he again missed out on claiming a televised title.

“I’m trying and I played quite well all week, but Michael did the business against me,” said Chisnall. “I’ve had a good weekend and it’s another step forward for me to reach the final but I’m determined to one day get that win.”

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Webster’s wins over Jonny Clayton, Simon Whitlock, Alan Norris and Christian Kist had put him into his first televised semi-final, and the Norwich ace had been on course for a huge upset when he led van Gerwen 6-0.

“I gave him a game but he’s fantastic,” said Webster, who took home £20,000 in prize money. “When I was 6-0 up I started thinking about 11-0, but then he came back.

“You have to destroy people. I should have buried him, but he isn’t world number one for nothing and he came back at me. Maybe it was inexperience and my mind wandered, but I still thought I was going to have him at the end and I didn’t stop fighting.

“I’ve enjoyed this weekend. Everyone thought Michael was going to annihilate me but I’ve got confidence now and a bit more stage experience and I’ll look forward to the World Championship.”

Wright had edged out Kim Huybrechts 10-9 in a thrilling quarter-final, with the Belgian ace missing one match dart before the world number three prevailed in a deciding leg.

“In a way I’m happy to be in the semi-final but then again I’m not because I didn’t give Chizzy the game that I should do,” said Wright. “I missed a few doubles early on but it will be a different story in the World Championship.”

Dutch duo van Barneveld and Kist and Wallasey’s Robbie Green were the other quarter-finalists after winning through from the original 64-player field, with play across two stages on the opening two days at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

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Cash Converters Players Championship Finals

Sunday November 27th
Afternoon Session (12.45pm)

Quarter-Finals
(91.17) Christian Kist 6-10 Darren Webster (91.30)
(108.03) Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Raymond van Barneveld (103.00)
(93.17) Dave Chisnall 10-5 Robbie Green (85.67)
(100.10) Kim Huybrechts 9-10 Peter Wright (97.37)
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (7pm)

Semi-Finals
(94.59) Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Darren Webster (89.45)
(98.06) Peter Wright 8-11 Dave Chisnall (100.58)
Best of 21 legs

Final
(108.34) Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Dave Chisnall (99.24)
Best of 21 legs

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PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final

86.92 Berry van Peer (Holland) 2-6 Corey Cadby 98.35 (Australia)
Best of 11 legs

PDC UNICORN WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP
COREY CADBY claimed glory in the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship final with a 6-2 defeat of emerging Dutchman Berry van Peer on Sunday night.

The Australian sensation has enjoyed an amazing breakthrough year, dominating the Australian Grand Prix circuit in his homeland, defeating Phil Taylor in the Perth Darts Masters and winning a PDC Unicorn Development Tour title last month.

The 21-year-old from Tasmania held his nerve in front of 4,000 fans at the Butlins Minehead Resort to take the £10,000 World Youth Championship title, confirming his status as the hottest prospect in the sport.

Having won through last month’s early rounds in Wigan, Cadby showed no nerves by taking the opening three legs of the final against van Peer, landing a 180 in the opener, a 126 checkout in the second and a 14-darter in the third.

Cadby added another maximum in leg four before van Peer got off the mark with a 62 finish, before the Australian restored his cushion with double 16 in leg five for a 4-1 cushion.

The pair shared the next two legs as Cadby edged towards victory, but when van Peer missed double 18 in leg eight the Australian youngster swooped to follow a 180 with a two-dart 71 checkout to seal a superb triumph.

The victory sees Cadby claim the £10,000 first prize, with van Peer taking home £5,000, while both players qualify for the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts.

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Dutch star van Gerwen had defeated Wright 11-10 in the inaugural World Series of Darts Finals a year ago, and after the pair again won through to the decider on Sunday it was the world number one who scooped the £30,000 first prize with an 11-9 victory.

The achievement saw van Gerwen claim a third successive televised title – following his wins in the World Grand Prix and European Championship in October – and backs up his World Series triumphs in Shanghai and Perth earlier in 2016.

Wright followed up Saturday’s second round win over Daryl Gurney with a 10-7 quarter-final defeat of Joe Cullen, before seeing off Phil Taylor in the semi-finals for a second successive year.

Taylor hit back from 5-2, 6-4 and 8-6 down in a game of exceptional quality to win four straight legs and move to the brink of victory at 10-8, but crucially failed to close out the win as Wright – who landed 13 180s in the game – capitalised for a deciding-leg triumph.

Van Gerwen enjoyed a more comfortable run to the final as he brushed aside Saturday’s narrow 6-5 win over Gerwyn Price with an unplayable 10-0 whitewash of Simon Whitlock in the quarter-finals before sweeping past Dave Chisnall 11-3 in the last four.

The final proved another close affair, with the lead changing hands three times as Wright claimed an early 4-3 advantage only to see van Gerwen win five of the next six legs to turn the contest on its head and move 8-5 up.

He also took two of the next three to edge to the brink of victory before Wright took three successive legs as he rallied to keep his hopes alive as van Gerwen stumbled at the winning line.

The Dutchman, though, posted his ninth 180 before finally sealing the win on double two.

“This is another great win for me,” said van Gerwen. “I had to work really hard – he played really well but I’m really glad I won the game.

“Things are going well for me, I’m winning most of the tournaments and I’m a happy man.”

Wright, who picked up £15,000 as runner-up, was left to rue defeat in a seventh televised final as he again lost out to van Gerwen.

“When you come home to Scotland, I try and play well for the fans and I think I do,” said the world number five. “The crowd got me through in the semi-final to play against a great champion in Michael van Gerwen.”

Chisnall had won through to the semis with a fine 10-6 win over Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals to open Sunday afternoon’s play, coming from 6-3 down to claim seven straight legs as he powered to victory.

Taylor, meanwhile, was a 10-3 winner against Benito van de Pas with a clinical performance as he hit ten doubles from 16 attempts only to fall to defeat against Wright in the semi-finals for a second successive year.

The £155,000 Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals followed the year’s six international events in Dubai, Auckland, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Perth as part of the sport’s global expansion.

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Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals

Sunday November 6th

Afternoon Session (12.45pm)
Quarter-Finals
92.46 Adrian Lewis 6-10 Dave Chisnall 100.86
109.71 Michael van Gerwen 10-0 Simon Whitlock 92.93 
94.43 Benito van de Pas 3-10 Phil Taylor 103.85
93.50 Joe Cullen 7-10 Peter Wright 99.83
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (7pm)
Semi-Finals
108.69 Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Dave Chisnall 94.68
105.03 Peter Wright 11-10 Phil Taylor 107.34
Best of 21 legs

Final
101.18 Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Peter Wright 99.63
Best of 21 legs

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Format
First Round – Best of 11 legs
Second Round – Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner £30,000
Runner-Up £15,000
Semi-Finalists £10,000
Quarter-Finalists £7,500
Second Round Losers £5,000
First Round Losers £2,500
Total £155,000

Nine-Dart Finish:

£25,000, which would be shared on a pro-rata basis if more than one nine-dart finish is achieved.

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN retained the SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts title with a superb 16-8 win over James Wade in Sunday night’s final at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, claiming an untouchable 24th tournament win of 2016.

The Dutchman’s incredible year continued with yet another televised triumph as he pocketed £102,500 for his imperious nine days in Wolverhampton, where he has won seven matches in total. Van Gerwen had won through to the final with a sensational display as he outlasted Peter Wright 16-10 in a high-quality semi-final, averaging 111.17 and hitting a huge 17 maximums in the process.

He then overcame a slow start in the final, as Wade opened up an early 3-1 lead with the aid of a 112 finish to break throw, by storming to victory. A 104 finish helped the Dutchman to level as he claimed five straight legs to move 6-3 up, with Wade punishing missed doubles from his rival to cut the gap to one before van Gerwen took another five without reply.

That run featured key finishes of 94, 70 and 127 as he moved 11-5 up, with Wade taking out 76, double ten and a 14-darter to hit back only to be stopped in his tracks by a 136 checkout as van Gerwen moved 12-8 up.

Finishes of 94, double five and double eight edged him to the brink of victory, and a sixth 180 of the contest helped to set up double 16 to complete another memorable victory. “This is the best feeling you can have, to win a tournament,” said van Gerwen. “It was a difficult final and I had to work hard.

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“James is a fantastic player and he made it difficult but I’m really glad I won this trophy. I think I proved that I can still win when I’m not 100 percent, but it’s not how you win a trophy, just that you win it.” Wade, who defeated Gary Anderson 16-14 in a tight semi-final earlier in the day, pocketed £50,000 as the runner-up as he reached the final in Wolverhampton for a second time, only to see history repeated as he was defeated in the decider.

“Michael is the best player in the world at the moment and I didn’t give him a game,” said Wade. “I was very poor in the final.” Wright had claimed five victories during the week and knocked out six-time champion Phil Taylor in a superb quarter-final on Friday, but was left frustrated after losing out to van Gerwen in a 16th successive match.

“I couldn’t find my throw today and I couldn’t find the pitch or the happy medium pace, and it felt totally different to the game against Phil where I was so comfortable,” said Wright.
“If you want to win this tournament you have to be averaging 111 like Michael. I don’t think I played well all week either apart from the match against Simon Whitlock.

“The next step for me is to stick with these darts and keep working hard with these darts. Six months down the line they will be like gloves for me and people will have to watch out.
“I’ll pick myself up and get ready for next week now in Minehead and hopefully it will be a different story.”

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SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts

Sunday November 20th
Afternoon Session (1pm)

Semi-Finals
111.17 Michael van Gerwen 16-10 Peter Wright 102.13
98.36 Gary Anderson 14-16 James Wade 91.93
Best of 31 legs

Evening Session (7pm)

Final
98.74 Michael van Gerwen 16-8 James Wade 90.73
Best of 31 legs

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Format:
Group Stage – Best of 9 legs
Second Round – Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 31 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 31 legs
Final – Best of 31 legs

Prize Fund
Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £50,000
Semi-Final Losers – £25,000
Quarter-Final Losers – £15,000
Second Round Losers – £7,500
Group Winner’s Bonus – £2,500
Third Place in Group – £5,000
Fourth Place in Group – £2,500
Total – £400,000

All prize money won, including Group Winner’s Bonus, counts towards the PDC Order of Merit for PDC players.

Nine-Dart Finish Bonus
Should any player achieve a nine-dart finish during the tournament, they will receive a prize of £30,000. If more than one player achieves the feat, the bonus will be split pro-rata between the players involved.

9 Darters:
Dave Chisnall 2015
Kim Huybrechts 2014
James Wade 2008

History of the GSoD:

Year

Champion

Score

Runner-Up

2007 Phil Taylor (101.75) 18-11 Andy Hamilton (100.97)
2008 Phil Taylor (106.25) 18-9 Terry Jenkins (100.92)
2009 Phil Taylor (103.94) 16-2 Scott Waites (94.16)
2010 Scott Waites (99.86) 16-12 James Wade (92.79)
2011 Phil Taylor (109.04) 16-4 Gary Anderson (98.92)
2012 Raymond van Barneveld (95.79) 16-14 Michael van Gerwen (98.55)
2013 Phil Taylor (98.14) 16-6 Robert Thornton (97.02)
2014 Phil Taylor (102.45) 16-13 Dave Chisnall (98.02)
2015 Michael van Gerwen (100.94) 16-13 Phil Taylor (102.53)
2016 Michael van Gerwen (98.74) 16-8 James Wade (90.73)
2017  ?  ?