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Players Championship Finals 2016 Day Three preview and order of play: Last eight in title tussle

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 27 Nov 2016
Belgian ace Huybrechts celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

The eight remaining hopefuls will battle it out for the penultimate silverware of the season as the 2016 Players Championship Finals concludes in Minehead on Sunday.

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The revamped £400,000 tournament has produced a number of fascinating sub-plots across two stages during the opening two days, now focus switches solely to the Main Stage with the Quarter-Finals played down to a winner over two sessions.

Michael van Gerwen starts out as the considerable odds-on favourite to continue his crusade and claim a third Players Championship Finals crown in four years.

The defending champion has blitzed his way to the latter stages for the loss of just four legs, despite not having produced anything close to his unstoppable best form.

Van Gerwen, winner of 24 PDC titles in 2016 including ten televised triumphs, looks to follow up his routs of Andy Hamilton, Vincent van der Voort and Josh Payne by ending the run of fellow Dutch darting titan - Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Barneveld has gone some way towards ending his recent Minehead jinx, battling his way through a pair of tough ties against Mensur Suljovic and Adrian Lewis before powering past Joe Cullen 10-2 in the Last 16.

Barney has lost two and drawn one of his three meetings with MVG since ending the world's number one's World Championship hopes last December and has never been beyond the Quarter-Final stage of this competition.

Another mouth-watering show-down sees in-form world number three Peter Wright taking on resurgent Belgian - Kim Huybrechts. 

Wright is targeting a fourth consecutive televised Semi-Final appearance in the best year of his career to date and appears to be producing his consistent best of late, having seemingly settled on one set of darts.

Huybrechts has continued his love affair with this tournament, in which he went all the way to the final four years ago, having defeated a trio of Northern Irishman in Mickey Mansell, Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan this weekend.

The lively 'Hurricane' is bidding to end a two-year wait for a major televised singles Semi-Final run but will need to banish his worrying recent head-to-head record against 'Snakebite' in order to do so.

World number nine Dave Chisnall is another player in hot pursuit of an elusive maiden major title and his next test comes in the shape of dark horse Robbie Green.

Chisnall came through a last-leg thriller with Jelle Klaasen which featured 19 maximums on Saturday and will be keen to carry that clinical scoring form into this tricky contest.

Green has largely flown under the radar this weekend, winning all three of his matches on Stage Two against Devon Petersen, Jeffrey de Graaf and Devon Petersen to reach his first PDC Quarter-Final for a decade.

Two unlikely faces lock horns for the golden opportunity to reach the Semi-Finals of a PDC major as 2012 Lakeside Champion Christian Kist takes on 'Demolition Man' - Darren Webster.

Dutch ace Kist has seen off Ricky Evans, Dimitri van den Bergh and Justin Pipe so far this weekend, continuing the sort of form which led him to his first ProTour event final earlier this Autumn.

Webster, meanwhile, has kicked on from his promising displays in the Grand Slam with victories over Jonny Clayton, Simon Whitlock and nine-dart hero Alan Norris on Stage Two to reach his first major Quarter-Final since the 2007 World Championship.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT at the Butlins Minehead Resort, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs, while the Semi-Finals and Final are best of 21.

The evening session also features the final of the 2016 PDC World Youth Championship as Dutch ace Berry van Peer and Australia's Corey Cadby vie for the £10,000 top prize.

Players Championship Finals 2016 match schedule

Sunday November 27

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Christian Kist v Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall v Robbie Green
Kim Huybrechts v Peter Wright
 
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
van Gerwen/van Barneveld v Kist/Webster
Huybrechts/Wright v Chisnall/Green
 
PDC World Youth Championship Final
Berry van Peer v Corey Cadby
[Best of 11 legs]
 
Final


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