Wins for van Gerwen and Thornton
Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton prepared for the World Grand Prix by sharing the spoils in the Players Championship events in Dublin.
Van Gerwen claimed his fourth PDC ProTour title of the year as he edged out Thornton to win the £6,000 first prize in Saturday's event, before the Scot made amends by going all the way 24 hours later.
Van Gerwen's triumph came only three weeks after he had taken glory in another Players Championship in Barnsley as he continued his superb year.
The Dutch ace, who meets Colin Lloyd on Tuesday night in the World Grand Prix, came from 4-1 and 5-3 down to win Saturday's final against Thornton, winning the final three legs without reply thanks to checkouts of 70, 124 and 110.
Thornton bounced back superbly to win Sunday's Players Championship as he came out on the right side of a 6-5 scoreline in a see-saw final against fellow Scot Gary Anderson.
"It's brilliant to win this - I'm over the moon," said Thornton, who will play Mark Walsh on Monday night in the opening game of the double-start World Grand Prix.
"I've had a couple of quarter-finals and semi-finals recently and got to the final yesterday, so I thought I was due a win and hopefully there's many more to come.
"Michael van Gerwen is probably the player mostly on form at the minute and he's starting to enjoy his game and he's outstanding when he starts scoring. I thought I threw it away against him yesterday but he hit his finishes and hats off to him.
"I'm chuffed to bits and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'll rest up tonight, have a couple of hours' practice tomorrow and then just enjoy the game tomorrow night."