Simon Whitlock is through to round two at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead seeing off Kyle Anderson in a battle of the Aussies.
Whitlock would have been having flashbacks of his loss to Gerwyn Price at the Grand Slam with the Wizard going 5-1 up only for Anderson to mount a comeback.
Despite that though he could only peg it back to 5-4 with the former European Champion finally getting over the line 6-4. He averaged 92 with forty six percent on the doubles throughout proceedings. It was high checkouts of 154 and 100 for Whitlock in the end as well.
Daryl Gurney edged out Robert Thornton in the next game on the main stage in a 6-3 win. There was a lot of missed doubles which showed in thirty three percent for Gurney and twenty percent for Thornton. Despite that though it was a 85 average with two 180’s in the battle of the two former World Grand Prix Champions.
In terms of the stage two action down at Red’s Bar, it was two contrasting games. Steve Lennon came through against Ryan Joyce in a 6-2 win which saw a 97 average from the Carlow ace. A highlight was a brilliant 86 checkout on the bullseye as he sent ‘Relentless’ packing.
The other game though saw Mervyn King win a scrappy encounter vs Simon Stevenson. Neither man played brilliantly with averages in the mid seventies showing this. ‘The King’ will know he will have to improve in the next round but will be glad to claim narrow win over the Mirror Man.
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Friday November 23
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)
Jeffrey de Zwaan (94.72) 6 (11) 4 (84.72) Jelle Klaasen
Max Hopp (98.44) 6-4 (94.21) Steve West
Keegan Brown (89.25) 6 (11) 3 (79.69) Benito van de Pas
Adrian Lewis (95.47) 6-2 (83.85) Adam Hunt
Simon Whitlock (92.55) 6-4 (91.37) Kyle Anderson
Daryl Gurney (85.82) 6-3 (82.7) Robert Thornton
James Wade v Ross Smith
Dave Chisnall vs Jamie Lewis
Brendan Dolan (92.12) 6-4 (93.42 Michael Barnard
Josh Payne (89.67) 2-6 (93.23) Ryan Searle
Nathan Aspinall (96.93) 6-1 (85.31) Martin Schindler
Gabriel Clemens (91.62) 6-3 (81.02) Andrew Gilding
Ryan Joyce (91.08) 2-6 (97.11) Steve Lennon
Mervyn King (78.2) 6-4 (77.31) Simon Stevenson
Stephen Bunting v Richard North
Mickey Mansell v Madars Razma
Author: Samuel Gill