Winmau’s MERVYN KING produced a resilient display to win Group Five of Championship League Darts, defeating his Team mate Simon Whitlock 6-3 in Wednesday^s final.
King, appearing in his fourth successive day of the internet-streamed event, won six out of seven league matches to finish top of the table with some brilliant form, notably two ten-darters.
He then defeated Kevin Painter 6-2 in the semis before winning an exciting final 6-3 against Australian star Whitlock - who lost in a third group final of this year^s tournament.
Whitlock took out finishes of 72 and 102 to lead 2-1 in the final, only for King to hit finishes of 120, 111, 105 and 80 to move 5-2 up.
He also missed double seven for an 86 finish in leg eight as Whitlock hit tops to keep the game alive, but the Australian was unable to land double 18 in the next as King booked his place in next Thursday^s Winners Group on double 12.
"I^m really pleased with that," said King, who has battled tennis elbow in his throwing arm throughout 2011. "I played some lovely darts during the day and I^m delighted with how I played in the final.
"I^ve had my injury problems this year but my elbow is getting better and it^s great to be back playing somewhere like I know I can. I can look forward to the Winners Group now and I^ll be trying my hardest to win the tournament next Thursday."
Whitlock will now return to compete in Group Six on Thursday, after his hopes of finally taking a group victory were dashed at the final hurdle.
The Australian, who lost in Tuesday^s semi-finals to Mark Walsh, was defeated in his first three group games but won four in a row to finish third, before defeating Andy Smith 6-3 in the semis.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE DARTS
GROUP FIVE RESULTS
Mervyn King 6-2 Kevin Painter Andy Smith 3-6 Simon Whitlock
Mervyn King 6-3 Simon Whitlock