PDC World Darts Championship: Rampant Mervyn King provides value in second quarter

Tuesday afternoons, as a rule, are rarely memorable, but for Mervyn King – who successfully won nine legs on the spin at the 2022 PDC Darts World Championship to beat Ryan Joyce 3-2 – Tuesday 21st December could well have lit the fuse on his ambitions to finally become world champion.

Mervyn King isn’t the first name that springs to mind when deliberating future world champions.

A veteran of the PDC, the 55-year-old is making his fifteenth appearance at the crowning tournament in world darts, with a semi-final appearance in 2009 still his best showing to date.

‘The King’ has played a serial bridesmaid throughout his PDC career reaching finals of the Grand Prix, Players Championship Finals, Championship League, Masters (x2) and the Premier League, but is yet to place that all-important trophy in his dusty cabinet. 

But with momentum on his side and a favourable position in the draw, could King start 2022 on the best possible high?

“If Merv throws well he will beat anyone on his day,” King told the Sky Sports cameras following Tuesday afternoon’s second round win over Ryan Joyce. Trailing 2-0, winning just one of the first seven legs, King went into turbo-drive in the second half of the contest, sweeping aside ‘Relentless’ averaging a modest 93.

King has reached major finals in both 2020 and 2021 and looking at his quarter, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Norfolk thrower have some success inside the Alexandra Palace.

James Wade and Dimitri van den Bergh are the two biggest hurdles in King’s quarter.

Wade snuck through to the third round courtesy of a lowly 84 average against Maik Kuivenhoven and van den Bergh – despite his obvious qualities – has suffered some early exits this season at the Grand Prix, Masters and Players Championship Finals.

King has also won seven of his eleven meetings with the number 5-ranked Belgian and will fancy his chances over the longer format if these two meet in the fourth round.

In a sport that has enjoyed more surprise winners over the past couple of years than in a decade prior, Mervyn King is one to watch in north London over the next week.