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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.
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.”
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.
Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Sunday November 27th
Afternoon Session (12.45pm)
(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)
(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
(108.34) Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Dave Chisnall (99.24)
Best of 21 legs
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.