Anyone wanting to play better, just watch Dean, solid from stance to release. – The Legend John Lowe on twitter
Dean Winstanley 3-2 Mervyn King
As it happens updates from Krispy Brown: With throw in the first set, in fact neither player really threatening the others throw. 2-2. Dean nicks the darts.. 81 needed to break… he leaves 32 with King needing 148. Deano breaks and takes the set 3-2. Tidy 97.8 average too. Set 2 see’s Dean start on throw and hit a Huge 106 c/o to hold, and he really needed that with King about to pounce. Dean misses a chance to break, leaves 10.. The King on 40, hits the d10 2nd dart. 1-1. 70 c/o on his favourite tops from Deano. 2-1 up set 2. Dean misses d12 for a break n the set. Merv on 110.. inside the wire of the d18. Big 12..6…and a missed d3 from Dean. Merv makes it 2-2. Merv leaves 24 to pressure.. Winstanley on 71 to win the set.. hits big 5. Merv breaks n takes the set. 1-1.
Mervyn King starts set 3 with a hold of throw, and then startS to pile on the pressure.. leaves 30 on Deano’s throw. Dean can’t take out 106, Merv breaks, and is 2-0 up set 3. Mervyn King starts set 3 with a hold of throw, and then startS to pile on the pressure.. leaves 30 on Deano’s throw. Dean can’t take out 106, Merv breaks, and is 2-0 up set 3. Big 180 from Deano (his 4th) and he leaves 78 to break, but can’t hit it. Merv on 140, and hits it, finishing on d16, and he takes the 3rd set.
Dean takes out his d4 to hold. 2-1 up in set 4.. he’s a fighter… and he takes the 4th set to tie it all up!
Dean misses d19 for a 155 out. Merv tidies up though with a d10 for the first leg in the last set. Merv hits 102 finishing on d16 to break, which means Dean has an uphill struggle now, 2-0 down in the last set. Dean breaks back.. tense… great stuff. 2-1 to King, Deano throwing. Huge time to hit a 180 with King looking for a break. Deano leaves 56.. King needs 110.. Dean steps up.. needs a double… HITS TOPS! 2-2. Two clear legs needed. Deano takes d19 to break.. a hold needed to win! Merv breaks back after Dean hits 25 instead of bull for the game. Merv holds.. and then a 180 from Mervyn to pressure Dean’s throw. leaves himself 118. Dean on 70.. goes out t10, tops in two darts! 4-4. No 120 for King, and Winstanley takes his tops out to break.. he’s throwing for the game again.
King on 93.. Winstanley needs 142.. misses the tops after re-checking his score. But Merv can’t take his finish, and a big tops for Dean gives him the game.