Van Gerwen wins sixth Players Championship Finals crown with thrilling win over King

Michael van Gerwen is back in the winners' circle in a major TV tournament for the first time since March and it is a sixth Players Championship Finals triumph.

But Van Gerwen was made to seriously work for it being taken to a deciding leg by Mervyn King in an absolute thriller to end the final tournament before the World Championship.

Van Gerwen took the opening leg with a 96 checkout before King levelled with double 10. King followed that up with a 115 checkout to move 2-1 up, it was a 3-1 lead but Van Gerwen thumped in a 146 checkout to reduce the deficit to just one.

He took out 94 to break back and restore parity at 3-3. They continued to be level at 4-4 but Van Gerwen led with a 72 checkout on double 20 to regain the upper-hand.

At the break, he smashed in a 160 checkout with King having got down to 100 with a brilliant 177. King wasn’t best pleased as he was two behind after a superb spell from the World Number One.

An 81 checkout in a brilliant reply from King to break back with an 11-darter saw him 6-5 behind. He battled back on his throw but MVG smashed in a 120 to break again at 7-5 up.

He left 38 on Van Gerwen’s throw but he watched as MVG missed a 152 to hold and King split to pin double 16 and break again and make it 7-6.

He hit double 20 to make it 7-7 as he looked to take the game to Mighty Mike again. It was an off leg for King and Van Gerwen lead 8-7.

King and Van Gerwen both returned with 180’s but MVG pinned a remarkable 135 checkout pinning a seemingly obscured bull.

A 134 to leave 36 saw Van Gerwen given the chance to go one away but King thumped in a 126 to break immediately back at 9-8 down. This opportunity saw him hold his throw to make it 9-9 after seemingly being done.

Van Gerwen coped with serious pressure from King though to pin double eight and he went one away at 10-9.

King suffered a bounceout on 120 for double 20 but with MVG unable to pin 164, King pinned double 20. It was a poor final leg though and despite Van Gerwen missing two match darts, King was way back. Van Gerwen came back and survived the late pressure to pin double eight.

Schedule 2020 Players Championship Finals

Sunday November 29

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

Semi-Finals

Peter Wright (84.1) 4-11 (92.45) Mervyn King

Gerwyn Price (95.07) 8-11 (98.52) Michael van Gerwen

Final

Mervyn King (99.78) 10-11 (104.98) Michael van Gerwen

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