Van Gerwen brands King “a disgrace” following Players Championship clash

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 16 Feb 2019
Mervyn King looks on (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen blasted Mervyn King as “a disgrace” following their Semi-Final clash at Players Championship Three in Wigan on Saturday.

The world number one defeated King 7-3 in a bizarre contest before going on to secure the title with victory over Ian White in the final.

An average of just 91.4 proved sufficient for Van Gerwen to dispatch King - who averaged just 84.6 in a below-par display.

Following his 8-5 win over White in the final, MVG hit out at King's apparent lack of effort, saying: "Mervyn wasn't even trying.

"It was a disgrace for darts, things like that shouldn't happen in darts.

"I always give 100 per cent, no one can ever judge me on that.

"Things like that shouldn't happen, if they want to beat me, they have to push me."

During the match, King appeared to release his darts noticeably quicker than usual, and at one stage, attempted to throw for three bullseyes when requiring 150.

The performance was in stark contrast to earlier in the day when he had averaged 110 in a 6-0 whitewash of Mickey Mansell and 101 in defeating Andy Boulton.

Van Gerwen helped himself to a fourth title of 2019, which included a sensational nine-darter in his Last 32 tie with Jamie Hughes in which he registered scores of 177 and 174 before landing a 150 checkout to complete the feat.

Van Gerwen admitted: "I didn't really play well today so I was quite happy with my performance in the final.

"You always need to be a bit critical to yourself.

"I made a few mistakes here and there but I also had some phenomenally good finishing.

"I can be proud of myself even with the pressure on me and not playing my absolute best, I did it today."

The Dutch ace will return to action on Sunday for the second ProTour event of this weekend's double-header and explained: "I decided with my team that if I go somewhere, we're going to do both tournaments whether I win or lose. 

"Even when you know you're not at your best form and you can still produce something like that, it gives you confidence.

"I don't care what other people are saying."


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