Players Championship Three: Report & Results!

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Rob Cross won his maiden PDC Pro Tour title with a dramatic deciding-leg victory over Mervyn King in the final of Players Championship Three at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday afternoon.

Cross only began competing on the PDC Tour in January after receiving a tour card by virtue of topping last year’s Challenge Tour Order of Merit. He performed superbly in last month’s UK Open qualifiers and produced the goods once again to defeat King 6-5 with a 99.27 average to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque.

King broke throw in the opening leg after overcoming some early double-trouble to hit D5. However, Cross responded by breaking straight back inside 14 darts, before following up a visit of 177 with a 13-darter after King missed the bullseye for a 161 checkout.

The high-quality start to the contest continued as the three-time PDC major finalist levelled inside 14 darts, but Cross remained unfazed and regained the lead on tops. King dispatched a nerveless 62 kill to restore parity at three apiece, but the outsider moved back ahead after converting a clinical two-dart 66 combination to complete a 14-dart hold.

‘The King’ registered the sixth consecutive hold of throw to level once more, before Cross hit D16 at the first time of asking to move within a leg of victory. The Hastings ace missed one match dart at the bullseye as King forced a deciding leg via D18, but Cross held his nerve to prevail; taking out 68 to round-off a 15-dart match-winning salvo.

It was a memorable day for Cross who claimed a number of high-profile scalps en route to winning his maiden PDC title. He kicked off proceedings with a fine 6-2 victory over UK Open semi-finalist Alan Norris, before dumping out former World-Youth champion Max Hopp to reach round-three.

He then defeated the experienced duo of Richie Burnett and Jamie Caven to reach the last eight, where he faced five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld. Van Barneveld had defeated Mark Barilli, Joe Cullen, Kyle Anderson and Paul Nicholson to reach the quarters, but Cross prevailed 6-4; winning the final two legs in 25 darts.

In the semi-finals, the former Challenge Tour star faced Gerwyn Price who continued his fine form after reaching last weekend’s UK Open Final. Price beat Jim Brown, Jonny Clayton, Chris Dobey, Justin Pipe and Daryl Gurney to reach the last-four, but Cross fought back from 5-4 behind to defeat the Welshman with a 14-darter in the decider.

However, today also marked a welcome return to form for Mervyn King, who reached his first PDC final for over two years. King began his campaign with convincing victories over former BDO stars Brian Woods and Jeffrey de Graaf, before dumping out eight-time major winner James Wade 6-4 in round three.

‘The King’ then continued his fine form by dropping just three legs in defeating Martin Schindler and Ritchie Edhouse en route to reaching the last four.In the semi-finals, King faced Steve West in a repeat of their gripping first-round clash at last year’s World Championships.

West had defeated the likes of Mark Webster, Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith to reach the last four, but was punished for missing five match darts in the tenth leg as King triumphed in a dramatic last-leg decider.

It was a disappointing day for a number of big names in Barnsley. Michael van Gerwen’s first Players Championship appearance of the year ended surprisingly early. The world number one was beaten in round-three by William O’Connor, whilst Gary Anderson and James Wade lost to Daryl Gurney and Mervyn King at the same stage.

Peter Wright lost out to a resurgent Paul Nicholson in round-two, whilst Snakebite’s Premier League colleagues Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts were also beaten at the same stage by Jamie Caven and Mark Webster respectively. However, ‘The Hurricane’ had the consolation of posting a nine-dart leg in his first round win over Sven Groen.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock suffered a shock first-round defeat to ‘The Muffin Man’ Steve Hine. Whitlock has won four Pro Tour titles in as many months, but the Aussie was condemned to an opening-round exit along with former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting and recent UK Open semi-finalist Alan Norris.

Players Championship Three
Saturday March 11, Barnsley Metrodome
First Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Joe Murnan
Scott Darbyshire 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Christian Kist 6-3 John Jnr Norman
William O’Connor 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Cristo Reyes 6-5 Vincent Kamphuis
John Michael 6-3 Ricky Evans
Ian White 6-5 Haruki Muramatsu
Martin Schindler 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Ronny Huybrechts 6-1 Wes Newton
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
James Wade 6-2 Colin Roelofs
Matt Clark 6-1 Paul Rowley
Mervyn King 6-2 Brian Woods
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-4 Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Andy Parsons
Peter Hudson 6-2 Ryan Palmer
Darren Webster 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
John Henderson 6-1 Maik Langendorf
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Mick McGowan
Mark Webster 6-5 Stuart Kellett
Steve West 6-4 Jan Dekker
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Keegan Brown
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Simon Stevenson
Ted Evetts 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Robbie Green
James Richardson 6-4 Tony Newell
Michael Smith 6-1 Harry Robinson
Jamie Bain 6-4 Aden Kirk
Steve Beaton 6-5 Ryan Searle
Simon Preston 6-3 Ross Twell
Peter Wright 6-1 Berry van Peer
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Stephen Burton
Darron Brown 6-5 Josh Payne
Warrick Scheffer 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Joe Cullen 6-2 Kevin Painter
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Mark Barilli
Kyle Anderson 6-1 Bryan de Hoog
Shaun Griffiths 6-4 Mark Walsh
Rob Cross 6-2 Alan Norris
Max Hopp 6-4 Chris Quantock
Robert Thornton 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Richie Burnett 6-5 Richie Corner
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Sven Groen
Jamie Caven 6-3 Terry Temple
James Wilson 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Steve Lennon 6-4 Mickey Mansell
Steve Hine 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Terry Roach
Justin Pipe 6-1 John Bowles
Ricky Williams 6-5 Dennis Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Jim Brown
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Andy Boulton
Chris Dobey 6-2 Ray Campbell
Richard North 6-5 David Pallett
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Mike De Decker
Jonathan Worsley 6-5 Lee Bryant
Jermaine Wattimena 6-0 Antonio Alcinas
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Gary Anderson 6-1 Adam Hunt
Darren Johnson 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Robert Owen
Mick Todd 6-2 Scott Taylor

Second Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Scott Darbyshire
William O’Connor 6-2 Christian Kist
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Andy Jenkins
John Michael 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Martin Schindler 6-5 Ian White
Ronny Huybrechts 6-1 Dimitri van den Bergh
James Wade 6-3 Matt Clark
Mervyn King 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Peter Hudson
John Henderson 6-5 Darren Webster
Mark Webster 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Steve West 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Ted Evetts
Jamie Lewis 6-5 James Richardson
Michael Smith 6-5 Jamie Bain
Simon Preston 6-4 Steve Beaton
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Peter Wright
Warrick Scheffer 6-1 Darron Brown
Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Joe Cullen
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Shaun Griffiths
Rob Cross 6-3 Max Hopp
Richie Burnett 6-3 Robert Thornton
Jamie Caven 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
James Wilson 6-4 Steve Lennon
Steve Hine 6-3 Jimmy Hendriks
Justin Pipe 6-3 Ricky Williams
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey 6-0 Richard North
Mensur Suljoic 6-1 Jonathan Worsley
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gary Anderson 6-3 Darren Johnson
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Mick Todd

Third Round
William O’Connor 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 John Michael
Martin Schindler 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts
Mervyn King 6-4 James Wade
Dave Chisnall 6-2 John Henderson
Steve West 6-5 Mark Webster
Jamie Lewis 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith 6-5 Simon Preston
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Warrick Scheffer
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Rob Cross 6-2 Richie Burnett
Jamie Caven 6-0 James Wilson
Justin Pipe 6-4 Steve Hine
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Chris Dobey
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Gary Anderson

Fourth Round
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 William O’Connor
Mervyn King 6-1 Martin Schindler
Steve West 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Michael Smith 6-4 Jamie Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Rob Cross 6-4 Jamie Caven
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Justin Pipe
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mensur Suljovic

Quarter-Finals
Mervyn King 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Steve West 6-1 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Daryl Gurney

Semi-Finals
Mervyn King 6-5 Steve West
Rob Cross 6-5 Gerwyn Price

Final
Rob Cross 6-5 Mervyn King

 

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