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Live Darts on Sunday: Players Championship Finals 2017 Day Three preview and order of play

Jonny Clayton celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2017 Players Championship Finals draws to a fascinating conclusion on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle to be crowned champion at Butlins Minehead.

A whirlwind weekend has seen 56 players bow out the £460,000 tournament, leaving the defending champion and seven in-form challengers to vie for glory.

Sunday's afternoon session will play host to the four Quarter-Finals, before the Semi-Finals and final take place in the evening, as well as the World Youth Championship final.

Michael van Gerwen is bidding to clinch a third consecutive Players Championship Finals title and a fourth in total and the rampant Dutchman will feel it is his to lose.

The world number one, who secured a third Grand Slam title only a week ago, has dropped just nine legs in bursting into the latter stages here, dispatching Paul Nicholson, Steve West and Darren Webster with successive ton-plus averages.

His next test comes in the shape of fellow countryman Jan Dekker - a player entering uncharted territory in his first PDC major Quarter-Final on the back of impressive wins over Michael Smith, Simon Whitlock and Peter Jacques.

Dekker has lost all seven of his previous meetings with MVG, including three this year, and the former Lakeside semi-finalist looks have his work cut out if he is to match the green machine over this long format.

Daryl Gurney has maintained his superb record of having reached at least the Quarter-Finals of every televised tournament he has competed in this year, and 'Superchin' looks to remain on course for glory by overcoming a resurgent Justin Pipe.

Gurney's breakthrough came on this very stage two years ago when he reached the Semi-Finals, and now ranked world number four, the Northern Irishman will be confident of exceeding that run.

Pipe has thrived on Stage Two so far this weekend, but after defeating Mark Webster 6-3 in Round One, has ridden his luck in last-leg wins over Ron Meulenkamp and William O'Connor.

The Taunton ace is aiming to reach his third Semi-Final in this competition since 2012 and will be out to frustrate the heavy-scoring World Grand Prix champion by dictating the tempo of the match.

Number one seed Rob Cross aims to add another multiple major champion to his list of scalps when he takes on James Wade in the opening tie of the afternoon.

A red hot Cross continues to sweep aside anyone in his path, barring MVG that is, and remains in contention for his first major title, having notably finished runner-up in October's European Championship.

Cross produced a rake of ton-plus finishes in his commanding wins over Steve Lennon and Adrian Lewis on Saturday and will require more of the same against a player of Wade's finishing calibre.

Wade is appearing in his first major Quarter-Final since the last World Championship and has seen off high quality opposition in Kevin Painter, Jamie Caven and Ian White en route - notably hitting nine 180s in the latter win.

Welsh ace Jonny Clayton finds himself in a first major Quarter-Final but will be eyeing even more when he steps out to face darting stalwart Steve Beaton.

Clayton, winner of Players Championship 22, has flown under the radar on Stage Two and will be determined to transfer that form onto the Main Stage in a bid to thwart The Brozed Adonis.

Beaton is appearing in only his second major Quarter-Final since 2010 following wins over Ronnie Huybrechts, Jelle Klaasen and Jermaine Wattimena and will be out to utilise his vast experience in an attempt to further his run.

Elsewhere, the Players Championship Final will be preceded by the final of the 2017 PDC World Youth Championship between Belgium's Dimitri van den Bergh and England's Josh Payne.

Just six places separate the two rising stars in the main PDC Order of Merit and they will vie for the £10,000 top prize.

As well as the lucrative cheque, the winner will also gain a spot in the upcoming World Championship, as well as next year's Grand Slam of Darts.

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


Players Championship Finals 2017 Match Schedule


Sunday November 26

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
1.00pm Rob Cross v James Wade
2.00pm Steve Beaton v Jonny Clayton
3.00pm Daryl Gurney v Justin Pipe
4.00pm Michael van Gerwen v Jan Dekker

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
Cross/Wade v Clayton/Beaton
Gurney/Pipe v Van Gerwen/Dekker

World Youth Championship Final
Dimitri van den Bergh v Josh Payne
[Best of 11 legs]

Players Championship Final


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