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Jenkins proves his class
2:37pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
TERRY Jenkins won a dramatic Group Four of Championship League Darts with a 6-5 victory over Michael van Gerwen, despite a superb nine-dart finish from the Dutchman.
The Ledbury ace, who turned 50 in September, showed his class by winning six of his seven league games to top the table, before defeating Gary Anderson with a fabulous 107 average to reach the final. He then saved arguably his best performance for the decider, taking leads of 4-0 and 5-2 against van Gerwen, who then hit the stunning nine-darter as he hit back to level with four ton-plus checkouts, only for Jenkins to finish 96 in the 11th leg to claim victory.
“I felt I deserved to go through,” said Jenkins.
“I played absolutely brilliantly and I wanted to go home and have a few days off, so I was determined to hit that winning double!
“The final was a really good game to be in.
“I had him on the ropes when I had two darts at double 18 to go 5-1 up and really bury him, and then when when I hit three 140s (in the ninth leg), he did the nine-darter!
“It was a brilliant game to play in and Michael showed what he’s capable of.
“It was a really tough game and I had to keep my cool and not panic too much at the end.”
Jenkins added: “After the week Dave Chisnall had in Dublin, who would have predicted that he would go out today, but that’s what darts is like now.
“It’s getting hard work for me now, but I suppose as you get older you tend to relax a little bit more and that’s what’s helping me win games.
“Phil Taylor (who’s now 53) somebody that inspires you to keep going, but it is getting hard work for me.”
Jenkins had been knocked out by Connie Finnan in the first round of the partypoker.com World Grand Prix last week, and he admitted that the defeat had inspired his run in Championship League Darts.
“That was a bit of a kick up the backside for me,” Jenkins said.
He added: “I suppose I took it as though it was going to be an easy game in the first round, and I learned my lesson.”
Jenkins now progresses to Thursday’s Winners Group, alongside Phil Taylor, Andy Hamilton and Wes Newton.
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