Van Gerwen caught kicking rival during victorious Players Championship campaign

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    Michael van Gerwen stormed to another tournament triumph at the weekend as he won the Players Championship Finals for an impressive seventh time.

    The Green Machine defeated Rob Cross 10-6 in the final, hitting a nine-dart finish in the process, to rubberstamp his status of tournament favourite for the World Championship, which starts on December 15.

    Van Gerwen was in top form at Butlin’s Minehead as well as being in jovial mood, underlined by a cheeky kick aimed at Cameron Menzies after their game on Saturday.

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    MVG survived a scare to see off Menzies 6-4 in a topsy-turvy second round tussle. Van Gerwen smiled ruefully after nailing the winning dart and, as Menzies collected up his equipment with his back turned, the Dutchman jokingly kicked the Scotsman in the rear.

    Menzies saw the funny side though with the pair sharing a friendly hug after the match. Van Gerwen went on to be beat Dimitri Van den Bergh and Danny Noppert before proving too strong for Cross in the final.

    Speaking after picking up the trophy, the 33-year-old said: "I'm here to win tournaments – I love winning, I love performing on the stage and to produce something extra, something special in a final like this, gives me a lot of energy.

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    “It was a special game of darts – I think we both played well and we had to dig really deep, both of us.

    “I managed to hit a nine-darter and 170 finish when it mattered but overall I think Rob Cross played a phenomenal game and the game had everything.

    “I know I'm capable of a lot more but you also have to be realistic and to win this trophy again, for the seventh time, means a lot to me.”

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