Wright edges out Lewis to win Players Championship 1!

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Peter Wright secured victory in the first Players Championship event of 2016, as he defeated two-time world champion Adrian Lewis 6-5 on Saturday afternoon at the Barnsley Metrodome. Wright trailed 5-3 in the final, but won the final three legs to seal the £10,000 winner’s cheque and his eighth PDC ranking title in the process.

Snakebite eased through to round-two with an emphatic 6-0 whitewash against Ryan Palmer, before reaching the last 16 with 6-4 victories against Cristo Reyes and Keegan Brown respectively.

Peter secured his last eight spot with a deciding leg win against Joe Murnan, before recording 6-3 wins over both Ian White and Joe Cullen to reach the final. There he produced a fine comeback , to gain revenge for his Premier League defeat against Lewis last Thursday.

However, Lewis will take immense satisfaction from his performance on Saturday afternoon, where he dethroned both Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson en route to reaching the final.

Lewis overcame John Bowles, Ricky Williams and Jamie Lewis to reach the last 16, where he edged through in a last-leg shootout against the in-form Alan Norris. Lewis then defeated MvG in the quarters, before replicating these heroics against Anderson in the last four.

Joe Cullen backed up his run to the quarter-finals of last weekend’s UK Open with another fine display in Barnsley. Joe reached his first ever major PDC quarter-final in Minehead last week and he came agonisingly close to reaching his first PDC ranking final today; losing to Peter Wright in the last four.

‘The Rockstar’ kicked off proceedings with fine victories over Brett Claydon and Ronny Huybrechts. In round-three, Cullen recorded a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Premier League-star Michael Smith. The Yorkshireman then recorded successive 6-3 wins over Justin Pipe and Daryl Gurney, before losing to Wright by the same scoreline.

Gary Anderson also made a strong start to his 2016 Players Championship campaign by reaching the last four. Anderson eased into the last 16 with victories over Ryan Meikle, Dennis Smith and Jonathan Worsley; dropping just four legs in the process.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ prevailed in a pulsating last-leg decider against five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, before storming into the semi-finals with a 6-0 drubbing of Gerwyn Price. Anderson faced Adrian Lewis in a repeat of last year’s World Championship final, although on this occasion, Lewis triumphed.

Michael van Gerwen’s incredible winning streak was also halted by Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals. In the preceding round, MvG had dismantled Phil Taylor 6-2; his ninth victory against ‘The Power’ in their last ten meetings. Nevertheless, Jackpot produced a fine display to end Michael’s run of 27 consecutive wins.

It was a mixed day for the Dutch contingent in Barnsley. Along with Van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld also reached the fourth-round. Van Barneveld defeated his protege Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-1 in round one, before dispatching another of his compatriots, Jeffrey de Graaf in round-two.

Van Barneveld gained revenge for last week’s Premier League loss to James Wade by defeating ‘The Machine’ 6-3, but Barney’s run was eventually halted by world-champion Gary Anderson in the last 16.

Vincent van der Voort suffered a disappointing first-round exit to World-Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall, with the youngster prevailing 6-2. Jelle Klaasen was also beaten by an emerging talent, losing 6-3 to Belgium’s Dimitri van den Bergh in the second-round. Benito van de Pas went one better, before losing 6-5 to quarter-finalist Gerwyn Price.

Elsewhere, Robert Thornton’s woes continue, as he was beaten 6-4 by fellow veteran Andy Jenkins in the first-round. However, Thornton wasn’t the only big-name absentee to suffer defeat in the last 128; Simon Whitlock, Dave Chisnall and Mervyn King were beaten at the same stage, by Joe Murnan, Mark Barilli and Paul Nicholson respectively.

It was a fine day for Mark Barilli in Barnsley. After stunning Chisnall in the opening round, he came through a last-leg decider against Ron Meulenkamp, before edging out Aussie ace Kyle Anderson in round-three. However, his fairytale run was ended unceremoniously by Daryl Gurney, with the Northern Irishman progressing by virtue of a whitewash victory.

However, former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting endured another disappointing afternoon, as he was beaten 6-4 in the opening-round by Irishman Mick McGowan. Steve Beaton was another former world champion to depart in round-one, losing to 2012 Lakeside winner Christian Kist.

Players Championship One
Saturday March 12, Barnsley Metrodome
First Round
Michael van Gerwen (1) 6-1 Tony Newell
Shaun Griffiths 6-1 Steve McNally
Jamie Caven (32) 6-0 Mark Frost
Mickey Mansell 6-3 David Pallett
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Mervyn King (16)
Berry van Peer 6-4 Matthew Dennant
Phil Taylor (17) 6-3 James Richardson
Simon Stevenson 6-4 Ken MacNeil
Adrian Lewis (8) 6-2 John Bowles
Ricky Williams 6-5 Jason Wilson
Jamie Lewis (25) 6-3 Alan Tabern
Mike De Decker 6-2 Jan Dekker
Jelle Klaasen (9) 6-1 Wayne Jones
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Harry Robinson
Alan Norris (24) 6-1 Stuart Kellett
James Wilson 6-3 Darron Brown
Kim Huybrechts (5) 6-0 Jason Marriott
John Part 6-4 Prakash Jiwa
Christian Kist 6-4 Steve Beaton (28)
Devon Petersen 6-1 Johnny Haines
Benito van de Pas (12) 6-2 Wes Newton
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Steve Brown
Gerwyn Price (21) 6-0 Brian Woods
Vincent Kamphuis 6-3 Lee Palfreyman
James Wade (4) 6-2 Steve Hine
Nigel Heydon 6-2 Jim Walker
Raymond van Barneveld (29) 6-1 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-0 Dean Winstanley
Gary Anderson (13) 6-1 Ryan Meikle
Dennis Smith 6-5 Nigel Daniels
Mick McGowan 6-4 Stephen Bunting (20)
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Josh Payne
Peter Wright (2) 6-0 Ryan Palmer
Cristo Reyes 6-2 Robbie Green
Keegan Brown (31) 6-2 Max Hopp
Ted Evetts 6-1 Jamie Robinson
Joe Murnan 6-3 Simon Whitlock (15)
Mark Walsh 6-0 Nathan Derry
Brendan Dolan (18) 6-5 Kevin Painter
Ricky Evans 6-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Ian White (7) 6-3 Matt Clark
Peter Hudson 6-4 Ray Campbell
Terry Temple 6-4 John Henderson (26)
Andy Smith 6-3 Joey Palfreyman
Terry Jenkins (10) 6-5 Mike Zuydwijk
Ross Smith 6-3 Tony Richardson
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Vincent van der Voort (23)
Robert Owen 6-4 Curtis Hammond
Mark Barilli 6-4 Dave Chisnall (6)
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Mark Webster (27) 6-5 Jason Lovett
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Chris Dobey
Andy Jenkins 6-4 Robert Thornton (11)
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Andy Parsons
Daryl Gurney (22) 6-1 Magnus Caris
Darren Johnson 6-4 Stephen Willard
Michael Smith (3) 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
Jyhan Artut 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Ronny Huybrechts 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez (30)
Joe Cullen 6-2 Brett Claydon
Mensur Suljovic (14) 6-5 Steve West
Darren Webster 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Justin Pipe (19) 6-0 Andy Boulton
Richie Corner 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse

Second Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Shaun Griffiths
Jamie Caven 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Berry van Peer
Phil Taylor 6-1 Simon Stevenson
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ricky Williams
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Mike De Decker
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Alan Norris 6-5 James Wilson
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 John Part
Devon Petersen 6-1 Christian Kist
Benito van de Pas 6-1 Matthew Edgar
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Vincent Kamphuis
James Wade 6-0 Nigel Heydon
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Jeffrey De Graaf
Gary Anderson 6-1 Dennis Smith
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Mick McGowan
Peter Wright 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Keegan Brown 6-5 Ted Evetts
Joe Murnan 6-2 Mark Walsh
Ricky Evans 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Ian White 6-3 Peter Hudson
Andy Smith 6-4 Terry Temple
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Ross Smith
Robert Owen 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Mark Barilli 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Mark Webster
Andy Jenkins 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Darren Johnson
Michael Smith 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Joe Cullen 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Darren Webster
Justin Pipe 6-4 Richie Corner
Losers £500

Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Jamie Caven
Phil Taylor 6-1 Paul Nicholson
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Alan Norris 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Devon Petersen
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 James Wade
Gary Anderson 6-2 Jonathan Worsley
Peter Wright 6-4 Keegan Brown
Joe Murnan 6-3 Ricky Evans
Ian White 6-5 Andy Smith
Terry Jenkins 6-0 Robert Owen
Mark Barilli 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Andy Jenkins
Joe Cullen 6-1 Michael Smith
Justin Pipe 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Losers £1,000

Fourth Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Alan Norris
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 6-5 Joe Murnan
Ian White 6-1 Terry Jenkins
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Mark Barilli
Joe Cullen 6-3 Justin Pipe
Losers £1,500

Adrian Lewis 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 6-0 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 6-3 Ian White
Joe Cullen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Losers £2,250

Adrian Lewis 6-3 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 6-3 Joe Cullen
Losers £3,000

Peter Wright 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £6,000




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