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LAST YEAR’S FINALISTS Michael van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton both progressed to the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals in Minehead, where they will be joined by debutant Danny Noppert (pictured) after the trio enjoyed a brace of wins on Saturday.

Defending champion Van Gerwen defeated Keegan Brown and Stephen Burton to book his place in the last eight, while Clayton knocked out Michael Smith and Ricky Evans.

Noppert reached his first televised PDC quarter-final by seeing off Mervyn King and Krzysztof Ratajski.

The Dutchman faces Stephen Bunting on Sunday afternoon before Clayton takes on Gary Anderson.

Van Gerwen meets Steve Lennon in the last match of the afternoon session, with the semi-finals and final taking place on Sunday evening.