Anderson averages 115.15 to stun Snakebite and win Players Championship Two!

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Gary Anderson clinched his first title of the year with a magnificent victory over his compatriot Peter Wright in the second Players Championship event at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday afternoon.

Anderson gained revenge for his recent Premier League defeat to Snakebite by averaging a sublime 115.15 to prevail 6-1 in Sunday’s curtain-raiser. Wright averaged 107.78 himself, but he was unable to trouble the imperious two-time world champion.

The world number two also landed four maximums en route to scooping the £10,000 winner’s cheque to secure his first PDC title since September, denying Wright a fourth title in as many weeks.

Wright kicked off the final with a maximum and narrowly missed D14 for a 121 finish and a potential 12-darter. However, Anderson held his nerve to sink D10 and hold throw. Snakebite crashed in his second 180 as he attempted to respond, but the two-time world champion converted a classy 90 kill on the bullseye for a 12-darter to double his lead.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ was living up to his name as he registered six perfect darts to kick off the third leg. He was unable to produce the nine-dart leg, but pegged tops for another 12-dart leg to extend his cushion.

The procession continued for Anderson as he landed his second maximum and converted an 81 checkout for his third successive 12-darter to lead 4-0 and Wright was clearly shell-shocked. However, Snakebite opened his account with an accomplished two-dart 76 outshot in the fifth leg, but this ultimately proved to be a consolation.

Anderson was in a hurry and posted his third maximum before rounding off a brilliant 11-darter on tops to move to the cusp of victory. He had the advantage of throw in the seventh leg and took full advantage; following up his fourth maximum by pinning D6 to complete a magnificent victory inside 14 darts.

Anderson stormed into the final after dropping just twelve legs in his opening six matches. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ kicked off proceedings with an emphatic 6-1 triumph over Brendan Dolan, before defeating both Berry van Peer and Steve West by the same 6-2 scoreline to reach the last 16.

The world number two overcame Benito van de Pas 6-4 in a hard-fought fourth-round tussle to reach the last eight, where he then thrashed his protege Michael Smith 6-1. This set up a semi-final showdown with his fellow Premier League star Jelle Klaasen who performed impressively to reach his second Pro Tour semi-final of the year.

‘The Cobra’ defeated Jim Brown, Matt Clark, Mick Todd and Terry Temple, before seeing off his legendary compatriot Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 in a high-quality last eight tussle. However, missed doubles plagued Klaasen in the last eight, as Anderson reeled off five consecutive legs to triumph 6-2 and seal his spot in the final.

It was another fine day for Wright who continued his stunning form to reach his fourth Pro Tour final of the season. ‘Snakebite’ was the top seed in Michael van Gerwen’s absence and justified that tag with a series of nerveless displays.

Wright began his campaign with a whitewash win over Ricky Williams, before edging out Vincent van der Voort in a nervy last-leg decider.Snakebite stormed to a 6-1 victory over Jamie Caven in his board final, before sealing his spot in the semi-finals with successive deciding-leg victories against Cristo Reyes and James Wade respectively.

This set up a last-four meeting with Daryl Gurney, who enjoyed his best showing of 2017 thus far.’Super-Chin’ registered victories over Scott Taylor, Richard North, Devon Petersen, Ronny Huybrechts and Robert Owen, but the world number three completed a comprehensive 6-1 triumph over Gurney to set up an all-Scottish final.

A feature of today’s event was that a host of big-name stars suffered shock early exits. Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis hit a 9-dart finish in his opening game against John Henderson, but ‘Jackpot’ subsequently succumbed 6-3 to the Scot.

Mensur Suljovic, Simon Whitlock, Dave Chisnall, Ian White and Robert Thornton also suffered surprise first-round defeats, whilst former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting was beaten in the last 128 for the second day in succession.

Elsewhere, Saturday’s winner Alan Norris was beaten in the third-round by the veteran Terry Temple, whilst yesterday’s shock finalist Peter Jacques was beaten by eventual quarter-finalist Robert Owen.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Players Championship Two
Sunday February 26, Barnsley Metrodome
First Round

Peter Wright (1) 6-0 Ricky Williams
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 John Jnr Norman
Jamie Caven (32) 6-5 Andy Jenkins
Shaun Griffiths 6-3 Jonathan Worsley
Cristo Reyes (16) 6-2 Bryan De Hoog
Aden Kirk 6-3 Paul Harvey
Steve Beaton (17) 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Wayne Jones 6-4 Richie Burnett
James Wade (8) 6-0 Jamie Bain
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Justin Pipe (25)
William O’Connor 6-2 Andy Parsons
Kim Huybrechts (9) 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Simon Stevenson 6-0 Ray Campbell
Paul Rowley 6-4 Robert Thornton (24)
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-3 Mark Walsh
Darren Johnson 6-3 Simon Whitlock (5)
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Mike De Decker
Ronny Huybrechts (28) 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Darron Brown 6-4 Ross Twell
Joe Cullen (12) 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Devon Petersen 6-2 Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney (21) 6-4 Scott Taylor
Richard North 6-3 Simon Preston
Antonio Alcinas 6-5 Dave Chisnall (4)
Stuart Kellett 6-5 Stephen Burton
James Richardson 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena (29)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Vincent Kamphuis
Robert Owen 6-5 Stephen Bunting (13)
Peter Jacques 6-5 Ricky Evans
Matthew Dennant 6-4 James Wilson (20)
Rob Cross 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Joe Murnan 6-3 Mensur Suljovic (2)
Ted Evetts 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Jan Dekker 6-4 Christian Kist (31)
Harry Robinson 6-2 Jeffrey De Graaf
Kyle Anderson (15) 6-1 Keegan Brown
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Peter Hudson
Chris Dobey (18) 6-4 Jamie Lewis
Martin Schindler 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Alan Norris (7) 6-2 Chris Quantock
Ryan Searle 6-0 Tony Newell
Terry Temple 6-5 Darren Webster (26)
Diogo Portela 6-4 Wes Newton
Jelle Klaasen (10) 6-4 Jim Brown
Matt Clark 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Mervyn King (23) 6-2 Mark Barilli
Mick Todd 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Steve Hine 6-5 Ian White (6)
David Pallett 6-5 Prakash Jiwa
Mick McGowan 6-2 Robbie Green (27)
Kevin Painter 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Michael Smith (11) 6-3 John Bowles
Dennis Smith 6-2 Brian Woods
John Henderson 6-3 Adrian Lewis (22) – Adrian Lewis hits nine-dart finish
Jimmy Hendriks 6-3 Adam Hunt
Benito van de Pas (3) 6-4 Steve Lennon
Ryan Meikle 6-1 Ryan Palmer
Richie Corner 6-5 Josh Payne (3)
Maik Langendorf 6-3 Andy Boulton
Gary Anderson (14) 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Berry van Peer 6-4 Scott Darbyshire
Steve West (19) 6-3 Lee Bryant
Mark Webster 6-0 Sven Groen

Second Round
Peter Wright 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Jamie Caven 6-2 Shaun Griffiths
Cristo Reyes 6-4 Aden Kirk
Wayne Jones 6-4 Steve Beaton
James Wade 6-3 Yordi Meeuwisse
Paul Nicholson 6-2 William O’Connor
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-5 Paul Rowley
Darren Johnson 6-1 Ronnie Baxter
Ronny Huybrechts 6-0 Darron Brown
Devon Petersen 6-3 Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Richard North
Stuart Kellett 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 James Richardson
Robert Owen 6-3 Peter Jacques
Rob Cross 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Ted Evetts 6-2 Joe Murnan
Jan Dekker 6-3 Harry Robinson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Chris Dobey 6-3 Martin Schindler
Alan Norris 6-3 Ryan Searle
Terry Temple 6-4 Diogo Portela
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Matt Clark
Mick Todd 6-5 Mervyn King
David Pallett 6-4 Steve Hine
Kevin Painter 6-2 Mick McGowan
Michael Smith 6-4 Dennis Smith
John Henderson 6-5 Jimmy Hendriks
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Richie Corner 6-5 Maik Langendorf
Gary Anderson 6-2 Berry van Peer
Steve West 6-1 Mark Webster
Losers £500

Third Round
Peter Wright 6-1 Jamie Caven
Cristo Reyes 6-4 Wayne Jones
James Wade 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-4 Simon Stevenson
Ronny Huybrechts 6-1 Darren Johnson
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Devon Petersen
Stuart Kellett 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Robert Owen 6-4 Rob Cross
Ted Evetts 6-0 Jan Dekker
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Chris Dobey
Terry Temple 6-3 Alan Norris
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Mick Todd
David Pallett 6-5 Kevin Painter
Michael Smith 6-3 John Henderson
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Richie Corner
Gary Anderson 6-2 Steve West
Losers £1,000

Fourth Round
Peter Wright 6-5 Cristo Reyes
James Wade 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Robert Owen 6-4 Stuart Kellett
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Ted Evetts
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Terry Temple
Michael Smith 6-5 David Pallett
Gary Anderson 6-4 Benito van de Pas
Losers £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 6-5 James Wade
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Robert Owen
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson 6-1 Michael Smith
Losers £2,250

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Losers £3,000

Final
Gary Anderson 6-1 Peter Wright
Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £6,000

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