Darts: King reaches Embassy World final

Mervyn King reached the Embassy World Championship final for the first time, beating Colin Monk 5-1 in the semi-final.

Mervyn King reached the Embassy World Championship final for the first time, beating Colin Monk 5-1 in the semi-final.

Fourth seed King had disposed of tournament favourite Raymond Barneveld in the previous round.

And his form today lived up to that standard as he hit 10 maximum scores of 180, compared to just one by his opponent.

There was a tense start to the match as both players struggled to find the doubles but King edged the first set and then raced through the second to make it 2-0.

Monk reduced his deficit in the next, but King was two sets ahead again by the interval as he achieved a superb 153 finish.

After the break there was no way back for 34-year-old Monk, who had beaten title-holder John 'Boy' Walton and Wayne Mardle in two thrillers, and a 121 finish helped King go 4-1 up before he sealed victory with a double four.

"It shouldn't really have been 5-1," admitted King. "Colin didn't get going as well as he can and I'd have been happy with 5-4 because a win is a win.

"I hit a lot of 180s and 140s but if Colin had played his normal game he would have pushed me a lot harder.

"I didn't play quite as well as in my last match against Ray Barneveld but it means everything to me to reach the Embassy final."

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