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Robert Thornton completed a brilliant weekend by taking victory in Sunday’s Players Championship 14 in Dublin, having been runner-up in Saturday’s event.

The reigning UK Open champion defeated fellow Scotsman Gary Anderson 6-5 in the final to clinch the £6,000 first prize at the Citywest Hotel, averaging over 103 in a high quality battle.

‘The Thorn’, who had been edged out by Michael van Gerwen in a last leg decider 24 hours earlier, is hoping to continue his good form when he faces Mark Walsh in the first round of the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix on Monday evening.

He told the Official PDC Website: “I felt I was due a win as I’ve been there or thereabouts a fair few times recently.

“I’m over the moon. I was beaten yesterday against probably the most in-form player at the moment, but I should have won so I’m chuffed to bits to put it right today.

“I’m looking forward to my match tomorrow night. I’m definitely going to enjoy it up on that big stage again.”

Thornton began his route to victory with wins against Darren Johnson, Vincent van der voort and Scott Rand.

He then defeated Mervyn King 6-3 in the quarter-finals, before hitting six 180s in his last four success against Wez Newton.

The Scotsman then saw off Anderson in the final, which went to a deciding leg for the second consecutive day.

By Chris Murphy

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Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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