Players Championship darts: Mervyn King beats Terry Jenkins while Justin Pipe also wins through
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: November 30, 2012 5:56pm
Mervyn King: Progressed into round two
Local favourite Terry Jenkins lost out in the opening round of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals after a thrilling deciding leg defeat against Mervyn King.
Jenkins is a local for the event being held in Minehead, and the crowd was fully behind The Bull despite him falling 3-0 behind after a fast King start.
Jenkins levelled at 3-3 and the match went to a decider at 5-5 when the nerves got to both men with King missing six darts for the match and Jenkins three.
King had the most chances though and with his seventh attempt he booked his place in the second round to face either Raymond van Barneveld or Steve Beaton.
Ian White 5-6 Michael Smith
Colin Lloyd 5-6 Peter Wright
Justin Pipe 6-3 Colin Osborne
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 V van der Voort
Robert Thornton 6-1 Mark Walsh
Terry Jenkins 5-6 Mervyn King
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Paul Nicholson was another big-name casualty as Ronnie Baxter hit back from being on the verge of elimination to win the last two legs to also go through in a deciding leg.
Robert Thornton averaged almost 100 as he easily disposed of Mark Walsh 6-1, while Michael Smith and Peter Wright were both 6-5 winners over Ian White and Colin Lloyd respectively.
Kim Huybrechts won the final three legs of his match with Vincent van der Voort to win 6-3 and set-up a second round clash with Smith.
"Getting the win was the main thing and I'm really happy with that but it wasn't a great game and I didn't think I played too well, so hopefully I can improve for the second round," said the Belgian. "I was a bit nervous because I've a lot of respect for Vincent so it's good to beat him."
Justin Pipe is also a local lad hailing from nearby Taunton, and he was also a 6-3 winner as he made it through a testing tie against Colin Osborne.
"It was a bit of a scrappy game for me but the important thing was that I won," said Pipe. "It's great to win with all three of my children here for the first time, and it's nice that they could come and support me.
"Living in Taunton means I'm only a 40 minute drive home and I can treat the family to dinner, relax in my own bed tonight and come back for the second round nice and fresh tomorrow."
Andy 'The Hammer' Hamilton made light work of Andy Smith following a 6-2 first round victory. He hit six of 14 doubles with a 88 average.