Cash Converters PCF Semis
PHIL TAYLOR and Kim Huybrechts won through to the Cash Converters Players Championship Final, defeating Simon Whitlock and Justin Pipe in the semi-finals.
Taylor stormed into his third final in the five stagings of the tournament with a brilliant 11-2 win over number two seed Whitlock.
Taylor punished a string of missed doubles from the Australian early on as he took command, winning seven successive legs from one-all to move 8-1 up.
Whitlock took out 88 to win a second leg, but Taylor matched the finish in the next before completing the win in style with back-to-back checkouts of 170 and 164.
Belgian star Huybrechts, meanwhile, reached his first major televised final with an 11-6 win over Justin Pipe in their last four contest.
Huybrechts, like Taylor, did the damage early on as he led 4-1, with Pipe taking out 120 and 101 to hit back to 6-4 and 8-6 before the newcomer took the final three legs without reply to seal victory, including an 11-darter in the final leg.
The whole tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4, with coverage from 12.30pm-5.15pm for the afternoon sessions and from 6.45pm-11.15pm for the evening sessions on each day.
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Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Sunday December 2
Kim Huybrechts 11-6 Justin Pipe
Simon Whitlock 2-11 Phil Taylor
Best of 21 legs
Kim Huybrechts v Phil Taylor
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Kim Huybrechts v Justin Pipe
0-0 - Kim Huybrechts wins the bull and will throw first.
1-0 - Pipe opens the game with a 180 but misses two darts at doubles to allow Huybrechts in on double 16.
2-0 - Double six for Huybrechts doubles his lead.
2-1 - Pipe takes out 96 on double eight to get off the mark.
3-1 - Huybrechts breaks throw by finishing 83 on double 16.
4-1 - Huybrechts moves three legs clear by edging a key leg with a 56 finish after Pipe misses his chance to hit back.
4-2 - Pipe initially misses four darts to win the leg, but Huybrechts fails to capitalise with a dart at tops and the Taunton ace returns on double five.
5-2 - Huybrechts finishes 70 on the bull to regain a three-leg cushion.
5-3 - Pipe takes out 120 to win his third leg of the game.
6-3 - Huybrechts hits his first 180 of the game and lands double eight.
6-4 - Pipe finishes double 12 for a 101 checkout.
7-4 - Huybrechts takes out 73 in two darts to win his seventh dart.
7-5 - Huybrechts hits a 180 but misses a dart at tops to punish Pipe, who returns to land double eight.
8-5 - The Belgian posts a two-dart 67 checkout.
8-6 - Huybrechts lands a 180 but Pipe holds his nerve on double 16.
9-6 - Huybrechts posts a fourth 180, and when Pipe misses double 16 he returns to hit double ten to move two legs away from the final.
10-6 - Pipe is unable to take out 101, and Huybrechts lands double nine with a key third dart to move to the edge of victory.
11-6 - Huybrechts opens with a 174 and lands two 140s before finishing an 11-darter to seal his place in a first major final.
Kim Huybrechts: "I'm really happy. My finishing was important - every player in this tournament can hit 180s and 140s and the difference is in the doubles, and Justin gave me chances which I took. In my last big semi-final at the European Championship I lost to Simon Whitlock, so this is massive for me and I'm looking forward to the final."
Justin Pipe: "I'm not too disappointed because it's my own fault - I was too relaxed at the start and my finishing wasn't good enough. Kim's finishing was brilliant and the best man won. It may have been different if I'd taken the first couple of legs but it's another learning curve for me. It's my first TV semi-final and I'm up to ninth in the world, so I'm really happy."
|Kim Huybrechts||11-6||Justin Pipe|
|3||Breaks of Throw||1|
|11/22 - 50%||Finishing %||6/21 - 29%|
Simon Whitlock v Phil Taylor
0-0 - Phil Taylor wins the bull and throws first.
0-1 - Taylor lands a 180 and double 16 for a 14-darter to win the opener.
1-1 - Whitlock finishes tops to level.
1-2 - Whitlock lands a 180 but misses three darts to win the leg and Taylor finishes double five.
1-3 - Whitlock is punished for five misses as Taylor posts double eight to break throw.
1-4 - Taylor finishes 32 to establish a three-leg lead.
1-5 - Both players miss tops, before Whitlock is off-target with two darts at double ten and one at double five, and Taylor returns to pin tops to move four legs clear.
1-6 - Tayor wins his fifth successive leg.
1-7 - Taylor scores 134, 174 and 177 before finishing double four for a 12-darter.
1-8 - The pair trade 180s, with Taylor then missing double 12 for a 141 finish but returning to take out 24 at the next time of asking.
2-8 - Both players again hit 180s, with Whitlock then finishing 88 on double 14 to win only his second leg of the game.
2-9 - Taylor finishes 88 on double seven to move closer to victory.
2-10 - Taylor takes out a sensational 170 to move to the brink of the final.
2-11 - Taylor completes the win in style by taking out 164.
Phil Taylor: "I knew I had to play well against Simon and I did that but he let me in early on with some missed doubles. I had to get on top of him early on and keep him under pressure, but I still knew I had to hit the big finishes at the end to make sure I finished him off. Kim has been sensational this weekend and he'll be really tough in the final."
Simon Whitlock: "I missed some doubles early on and you can't afford to do that against Phil. He capitalised on that and bashed me up but I never gave up. I kept fighting but you can't give him that sort of lead. I felt good towards the end of the game but it was too late for me."
|Simon Whitlock||2-11||Phil Taylor|
|0||Breaks of Throw||4|
|2/16 - 13%||Finishing %||11/26 - 42%|