Michael van Gerwen extended his title at the Players Championship Finals in Coventry on Sunday.

The number one in the world was in the final battle in a thriller 11-10 too strong for Mervyn King.

Van Gerwen started his match poorly against King, who took a 3-1 lead thanks to finishes of 115 and 107.

De Brabander then recovered and made up for the break by throwing out 146.

The two were pretty evenly matched after that.

Van Gerwen led 6-4 via an impressive finish of 160, but King was not upset and restored the balance.

The 54-year-old Englishman also cleared a second break behind.

At 8-7, Van Gerwen seemed to strike by throwing 135, but King did not want to give up and, partly through a finish of 126, pulled the score again.

Ultimately, a decisive 21st leg had to be involved and the Dutchman finished the job with double eight.

Earlier in the day, Van Gerwen was 11-8 too strong for Gerwyn Price and he settled in a high-quality match with his fellow countryman Dirk van Duijvenbode: 10-5.

In that match he recorded an impressive average of 110.01.

Van Duijvenbode, who threw seven 180'ers, contrasted with an average of 103.26.

Sixth title for Van Gerwen

Van Gerwen won the Players Championship Finals for the sixth time.

In addition to the last two editions, he triumphed in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

For the three-time world champion, it meant his second major tournament victory of this year and his first since the beginning of March.

Then he captured the title at the UK Open, the last television tournament before the corona break.

Mervyn King provided a big surprise in the semi-final.

The number 24 of the world ranking left reigning world champion Peter Wright no chance: 11-4.

The Players Championship Finals was the last tournament in the run-up to the World Cup, which starts in London on December 15.

The draw for the global title fight will be made next Thursday.