Two 9-darters in Barnsley, as MvG defeats Van de Pas to reign again!

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Michael van Gerwen won his eighth PDC title of 2016 after beating his Dutch compatriot Benito van de Pas 6-3 in the final of Players Championship three at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday afternoon.

Van Gerwen, who suffered a 6-4 defeat against van de Pas in the pair’s last meeting, made a tremendous start to the final as he forged into a commanding 4-0 advantage. However, van de Pas responded superbly and reeled off three consecutive legs to reduce the arrears to 4-3.

Nevertheless, Benito was unable to complete the comeback, as the world number one regained his focus to close out a 6-3 victory and scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque. MvG has now won eight titles already this calendar year, as he aims to eclipse last year’s tally of 17. However, van de Pas will also take great encouragement from another fine display.

Van Gerwen began his campaign with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Paul Nicholson, before overcoming a tenacious Mark Walsh 6-3 to reach the last 32. MvG then recorded consecutive 6-2 victories against Jeffrey de Graaf and Simon Whitlock respectively to storm into the quarter-finals, where he  whitewashed former world champ Mark Webster.

In the last four, Van Gerwen faced Robbie Green, who performed superbly throughout the day to reach his first PDC ranking semi-final. ‘Kong’ overcame the in-form James Richardson in round one, before edging out Dave Chisnall in a last-leg shoot-out to reach round three.

Green then saw off Darren Johnson, James Wilson and Jamie Robinson to reach the last four, but his hopes of securing a maiden PDC title were mercilessly halted by ‘The Green Machine’, who stormed into the final after prevailing 6-1.

However, van de Pas was in equally impressive form throughout the afternoon. Van de Pas defeated the veteran Alan Tabern 6-3 in round one, before easing past Lee Evans 6-2. ‘Big Ben’ then struck once more, as he thrashed Ricky Evans 6-1 to progress routinely through to the last 16.

Van de Pas faced the in-form Chris Dobey in round-four, although the 23-year-old Dutchman was unperturbed and sailed through to the last eight with a routine 6-2 victory. Benito then repeated the feat in the following round, where he saw off world number five Peter Wright by the same scoreline.

In the semi-finals, Benito faced 9-dart hero Alan Norris, who produced the perfect leg in his second-round clash against Terry Temple. Norris defeated Wayne Jones, Temple, Andrew Gilding, Steve Beaton and Premier League star Michael Smith, although his hopes of winning his second PDC title were quashed by Van de Pas.

Adrian Lewis made a big impression despite exiting the tournament in the last 64. Lewis, who was clearly unwell against Peter Wright in Thursday’s Premier League, also hit a sublime 9-darter in his first-round victory over Ray Campbell. However, Jackpot then suffered a narrow 6-5 defeat to World-Youth champion Max Hopp in round-two

Meanwhile, Jamie R0binson enjoyed an excellent day in Barnsley by reaching the last eight. He came through a difficult first-round clash against former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown, before defeating another promising talent Nathan Derry to reach the last 32.

Robinson caused a huge upset as he eased past Kim Huybrechts 6-2 to reach round-four, before then then squeezed past Dutch Darts Masters finalist Daryl Gurney 6-5 to reach the last eight, before Green ended his hopes of glory.

Chris Dobey continued his fine form by reaching the last 16 on Friday. Dobey, who defeated Dave Chisnall and Robert Thornton in last weekend’s German Darts Masters, before losing in a thrilling quarter-final against Van Gerwen, defeated Andy Jenkins, Jamie Lewis and Max Hopp, before losing to van de Pas.

Phil Taylor, fresh from his Premier League heroics at the Sheffield Arena, suffered a disappointing third-round loss to Mervyn King today. Taylor survived a major scare in his opening match, as he was forced to recover from 5-3 down to edge out Andy Smith.

In his second-round match, Taylor defeated talented Belgian star Dimitri van den Bergh, before the Stoke-on-Trent star succumbed to a deciding-leg defeat to King in the last 32. However, King suffered the same fate in round-four, as he suffered an agonising 6-5 loss against Peter Wright.

Elsewhere, there were a number of shock departures in round one, as the Premier League trio of Gary Anderson, James Wade & Robert Thornton were all dumped out in the opening round. Anderson and Thornton both suffered 6-1 defeats against Jonny Clayton and Ronny Huybrechts respectively, whilst Wade suffered a shock 6-4 loss to Finland’s Kim Viljanen.

Jelle Klaasen was another early casualty, as he was comprehensively beaten 6-2 by his compatriot Jermaine Wattimena. Vincent van der Voort suffered his third consecutive first-round loss in this year’s Players Championship events, as he was edged out in a deciding leg by Jonathan Worsley.

Dave Chisnall’s Premier League hangover continues after he succumbed to a deciding-leg defeat to former Lakeside semi-finalist Robbie Green in the last 64. Chizzy’s St Helen’s compatriot Stephen Bunting suffered defeat at the same stage, losing to talented Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan, who is managed by Raymond van Barneveld.

Players Championship Three
Friday April 8
First Round

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

Second Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Mark Walsh
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-4 Darren Webster
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Darron Brown
Jim Walker 6-4 Kim Viljanen
Mark Webster 6-1 Steve McNally
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Magnus Caris
Steve Hine 6-2 Jonathan Worsley
Robbie Green 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Darren Johnson 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Terry Jenkins 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wilson 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Devon Petersen
Jamie Robinson 6-4 Nathan Derry
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Matthew Edgar
Peter Wright 6-2 Ross Smith
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Jason Lovett
Phil Taylor 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Mervyn King 6-2 Josh Payne
Max Hopp 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Chris Dobey 6-5 Jamie Lewis
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Lee Evans
Ricky Evans 6-3 Andy Boulton
Curtis Hammond 6-5 Ian White
Steve Beaton 6-4 Steve West
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Alan Norris 6-3 Terry Temple – Alan Norris hits nine-dart finish
Michael Smith 6-1 Mark Barilli
Jamie Caven 6-4 Kevin Painter
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Dick van Dijk
Justin Pipe 6-1 Jan Dekker

Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Jeffrey de Graaf
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Mark Webster 6-3 Jim Walker
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Steve Hine
Robbie Green 6-4 Darren Johnson
James Wilson 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Jamie Robinson 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Peter Wright 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Mervyn King 6-5 Phil Taylor
Chris Dobey 6-2 Max Hopp
Benito van de Pas 6-1 Ricky Evans
Steve Beaton 6-2 Curtis Hammond
Alan Norris 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Michael Smith 6-0 Jamie Caven
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Justin Pipe

Fourth Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Mark Webster 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Robbie Green 6-5 James Wilson
Jame Robinson 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 6-5 Mervyn King
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Chris Dobey
Alan Norris 6-3 Steve Beaton
Michael Smith 6-2 Jonny Clayton

Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Mark Webster
Robbie Green 6-2 Jamie Robinson
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Peter Wright
Alan Norris 6-3 Michael Smith

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Robbie Green
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Alan Norris

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Benito van de Pas

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