Michael van Gerwen (Steve Welsh, PDC)

Van Gerwen Favourite For Fourth Title

Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals

Nov 22 2018
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is the pre-tournament favourite to win a fourth successive title at the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals.
Robert Thornton (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

All To Play For In Minehead Race

Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals

Oct 20 2018
UP to 17 places in November's Players Championship Finals are still up for grabs going into Sunday's Players Championship 22.

The 2019 Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals will take place from November 22-24 at Butlin's Minehead Resort in Somerset.

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The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Matches from stage two on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live for PDCTV-HD Subscribers at video.pdc.tv.

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The Players Championship Finals sees the top 64 players from the 2019 Players Championship Order of Merit competing across two stages for £500,000.

The weekend also includes the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship final on Sunday evening.

Please note: Tickets are not sold separately, only as part of Butlins Big Weekends packages.

2019 Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals
Friday November 22

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)
First Round
Main Stage

Stephen Bunting 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jose de Sousa 6-3 James Richardson
Glen Durrant 6-2 Scott Baker
Max Hopp 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Chris Dobey 6-1 Cristo Reyes
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Michael Smith 6-1 Martin Schindler
Ian White 6-4 Devon Petersen

Stage Two
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Harry Ward
Mervyn King 6-5 Justin Pipe
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Ross Smith
John Henderson 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Keegan Brown 6-3 Andy Boulton
Ricky Evans 6-5 Steve Beaton
Danny Noppert 6-5 Ryan Searle
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Matthew Edgar

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
First Round
Main Stage

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Steve Lennon
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Mickey Mansell
James Wade 6-4 Ted Evetts
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Luke Humphries
James Wilson 6-5 Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Nathan Aspinall

Stage Two
Ryan Meikle 6-0 Jonny Clayton 
Joe Cullen 6-2 Kyle Anderson
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Arron Monk
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Josh Payne
William O'Connor 6-4 Steve West
Jamie Hughes 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Rob Cross 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp

Saturday November 23
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

Second Round

Main Stage
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Keegan Brown
James Wade 6-1 Ricky Evans
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Danny Noppert
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Adrian Lewis - Michael van Gerwen hits nine-dart finish
Chris Dobey 6-0 James Wilson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Joe Cullen
Rob Cross 6-4 Jamie Hughes

Stage Two
John Henderson 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Jose De Sousa 
Ian White 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
William O'Connor 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Glen Durrant 6-5 Max Hopp
Mervyn King 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Michael Smith 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Third Round
Main Stage
Gerwyn Price 10-4 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 James Wade
Raymond van Barneveld 10-3 Glen Durrant
Mervyn King 10-4 Rob Cross

Stage Two
Stephen Bunting 10-2 Ryan Meikle
William O'Connor 10-7 Gabriel Clemens
Chris Dobey 10-5 John Henderson
Ian White 10-4 Michael Smith

Sunday November 24
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Stephen Bunting
Chris Dobey 10-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Mervyn King
Ian White 10-9 William O'Connor
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 11-8 Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Ian White
Best of 21 legs

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Gerwyn Price 
Best of 21 legs

Plus
PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final
Adam Gawlas v Luke Humphries
Best of 11 legs

Michael van Gerwen won the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals title for a fifth time with a brilliant 11-9 win over Gerwyn Price in a sensational final.

World Champion Van Gerwen had been defeated by Price in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts a week ago, with the sport's top two current form players meeting again this time in the decider.

Price went within touching distance of claiming a second successive televised title as he sought to follow up his Grand Slam victory with glory at the Butlin's Minehead Resort, edging into an 8-7 lead in the final.

However, Van Gerwen found one last push to claim the £100,000 title and erase the memories of his loss in last year's final to Daryl Gurney.

"It feels really good," said Van Gerwen. "I think I deserved it and I was the better player in the final, but even though we didn't produce our A-game I think it was a great game to watch.

"I missed a few doubles that kept him in the game but I think this final had everything.

"I think Gerwn is good for darts. He's exciting and he's a good player and he has done well lately. He deserves every credit and it will be a great rivaly - but today was my day."

Van Gerwen had landed a nine-darter against Adrian Lewis on Saturday and then overcame Mervyn King in the quarter-finals and Ian White in the semi-finals, seeing off the Stoke ace with an 11-8 victory.

"Everyone played well against me this weekend and I had to do everything in my possibilities to win these games," added Van Gerwen. "I'm very happy that I did that and I think I did well this weekend.

"I will look now towards the World Championship and it will be my goal to keep hold of that title too, but that's a couple of weeks away so I will enjoy this win first."

Price had followed up a clinical quarter-final win over Stephen Bunting - where he averaged almost 109 in a 10-3 victory - by coming from 4-1 down to defeat Chris Dobey 11-8 in the last four.

Despite coming from two legs behind to move 8-7 up against Van Gerwen, the Welshman was left to rue the Dutchman's late blitz as he was forced to settle for the £50,000 runner-up prize.

"Michael was the better player tonight," admitted Price. "I've got no complaints, and the opening leg probably set the tone for the match.

"I battled back to get in front but Michael was too strong in the end. I've had another great weekend and the crowd were fantastic, they gave me great support."

White produced two 180s in a brilliant deciding leg as he edged out William O'Connor 10-9 to reach his first televised ranking semi-final, finally ending his unwanted run of last eight defeats.

"I just needed to get over that line and I've done it now," said White. "I was so happy because everyone kept talking about being in quarter-finals, and hopefully I can progress now.

"Michael Smith and myself have been putting a lot of hard work in and it's paying off."

Dobey, meanwhile, followed up October's appearance in the last four at the World Grand Prix with another strong showing as he picked up a memorable 10-2 quarter-final win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Barneveld now progresses to his final tournament before retirement at next month's World Championship, having enjoyed wins over Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen and Glen Durrant earlier in the weekend in Minehead.

"For three games I played well and it looked so great but this was a different day and it wasn't my game," said Van Barneveld. "I never felt comfortable and every throw it was like three guys hanging on my arm."