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Nov 28

The Artist in Minehead; Player Champs Finals

Get the TV on ITV4 this Friday/Weekend, as it’s the Player Championship finals in Minehead, and Kevin is looking to repeat his win of three years ago.

The £300,000 tournament features the top 32 players from the 2014 PDC ProTour Order of Merit, based on prize money won in Players Championships, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events this year.

The first round sees eight matches in the afternoon session and eight games in the evening session, all live on ITV4.  Kevin plays 3rd in the afternoon, after his UKSM team-mates Ian White, Jabba, and Justin Pipe play.

Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Friday November 28, Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

First Round:  Kevin Painter 5-6 Brendan Dolan

0-1: Slow start to the game from both players before Painter takes out 108 on tops to break in the opening leg.
0-2: Dolan misses the bull for a second straight leg and Painter punishes by taking out 85 on double ten.
1-2: Painter misses double ten for a 91 finish and Dolan returns to hit double eight with his final dart to take his first leg of the match.
1-3: Painter regains his two leg advantage as he takes out 41.
2-3: Dolan misses three darts at double 18 before Painter misses the same amount at double 16. Dolan returns to hit double nine and seal his second leg of the game.
3-3: Painter misses the bull for an 81 checkout and Dolan returns to take out 106 on tops.
4-3: Third straight leg for Dolan as he takes out 75 on double 12 to take the lead for the first time in the match.
5-3: Painter misses the bullseye for a 167 and Dolan punishes again as he takes out 121, brilliant darts!
5-4: Dolan misses three darts at double 12 and Painter returns to take out 110, the fourth ton-plus checkout of the match!
5-5: Painter takes out 55 on tops to take the game into a deciding leg.
6-5: Painter misses double 16 and Dolan returns to take out 48 on double eight to seal the win in a dramatic deciding leg.

Kevin at the 2014 Player Championships

Kevin at the 2014 Player Championships (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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