Michael Van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor to win the final Players Championship of the year
Last Updated: 27/11/12 1:20pm
Michael van Gerwen: Beat Phil Taylor in a thrilling final
Michael van Gerwen continued his fine recent form as he beat Phil Taylor to win the final Players Championship of the year in Barnsley on Sunday.
Van Gerwen edged a tight encounter to defeat Taylor 6-5 - his first defeat of the 15-time world champion in a final.
The triumph follows last week's victory over the world number one in the Grand Slam of Darts, although the Stoke star played his part in a thrilling contest.
Following wins over Gareth Pass, Shaun Griffiths, Wayne Jones, Mervyn King and Connie Finnan, van Gerwen booked his spot in the final with a convincing 6-2 success over reigning world champion Adrian Lewis in the semis.
In the final itself, the Dutchman won the first leg only to see Taylor level with an 11-darter, but then reeled off three consecutive legs to pull out to a 4-1 lead.
But Taylor hit back in fine style, a 14-darter and checkouts of 92 and 121 seeing him get back on terms.
Taylor's surge continued as he finished 90 on the bull to break again and lead 5-4, only for van Gerwen to take out 164 with two treble 19s and the bullseye to force a deciding leg.
Taylor scored 140 and 177 as he was first to a finish, but he missed the bull to take out 88 and van Gerwen stepped in with a 124 checkout on double 11 to claim the title.
Van Gerwen ended the final with a 109.90 average to Taylor's 108.82, and the £6,000 prize money sees him move up to a career-high seventh in the PDC Order of Merit.