Anderson denies Nine-dart Wright in Wigan!

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Gary Anderson defeated nine-dart hero Peter Wright to clinch his second Players Championship title of the year at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ defeated his fellow Scot in the final of Players Championship Two last month and replicated the feat in emphatic style.

The world number two performed magnificently throughout the day, dropping just twelve legs en route to scooping the £10,000 winner’s cheque. Despite winning six PDC ranking titles in 2017, Wright was denied a first Players Championship title of the year, as Anderson moves up to second on the Players Championship Order of Merit.

The two-time world champion drew first blood in Sunday’s final, clinching a scrappy opener via D2. He then doubled his lead on tops after Wright missed D16 for a 102 kill, before storming into a 3-0 advantage after converting a stunning 124 outshot (T20, T16, D8).

Wright opened his account after following up his first maximum with a 13-dart hold via D16, but Anderson was unperturbed and continued the procession. The two-time world champion pegged tops for a 13-darter of his own, having fired in a stunning 177, before dispatching a classy 118 finish on the bullseye to move to the brink of victory at 5-1.

Despite this, Snakebite continued to battle and doubled his tally with a brilliant 81 checkout on the bull, before capitalising on a missed match dart from Anderson to reduce the arrears to 5-3. Nevertheless, this wasn’t the start of a heroic fightback, as Ando followed up another maximum with a 13-darter on tops to prevail.

Anderson was dominant throughout the day; dropping just three legs in his opening two matches against Harry Robinson and Mickey Mansell. The world number two then stormed into the last 16, with a whitewash win over a resurgent Paul Nicholson, to set up a fourth-round tie with Michael van Gerwen for the second straight day.

Anderson was beaten 6-4 by the world number one yesterday; despite averaging 110.48. Nevertheless, the Scot gained revenge; averaging 105.07 to topple MvG by the same score-line, before storming into the semi-finals with a whitewash victory over Jonny Clayton, who had defeated James Wilson and Adrian Lewis earlier in the day.

In the last four, the two-time world champion faced Steve West, who defeated Jamie Lewis, John Henderson, John Michael, Robbie Green and Alan Norris to reach the semi-finals. However, Anderson was too strong for the Englishman; averaging 104.22 and landing five maximums to close out a comprehensive 6-2 triumph.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Wright kicked off his campaign with successive 6-2 triumphs against Mike De Decker and Jeffrey de Graaf , before recording a hard-fought win over Wayne Jones- to gain revenge for his opening-round defeat to ‘The Wanderer’ three weeks ago.

The world number three then edged out quick-fire Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena, before claiming a deciding-leg victory over former Challenge Tour star Ryan Searle. Searle claimed the scalps of Dimitri van den Bergh, Kim Huybrechts and Christian Kist to reach his first Players Championship quarter-final, before succumbing to Snakebite.

In the last four, Wright faced world number eleven Michael Smith, who returned to form in impressive fashion with victories over Jim Walker, Richard North, Josh Payne, Justin Pipe and Ian White. Nevertheless, Snakebite landed a magnificent nine-dart finish in the sixth leg of the semi-final, en route to securing a fine 6-3 win over ‘Bully-Boy’.

Nevertheless, whilst two of the world’s top three contested the final; a number of other big-name stars were condemned to early exits. Simon Whitlock was dumped out in round-one for the second successive day; losing out to Saturday’s quarter-finalist Jonathan Worsley.

James Wade’s disappointing weekend culminated with a deciding-leg defeat against Ted Evetts in round-one, whilst Players Championship Seven winner Daryl Gurney was beaten at the same stage by an inspired Berry van Peer. The young Dutchman crashed in seven maximums, two 177’s and completed victory with a fabulous 170 checkout.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Players Championship Ten
Sunday April 30, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
First Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 John Bowles
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Stuart Kellett
Rob Cross 6-0 Lee Bryant
Mick McGowan 6-4 Martin Schindler
Gary Anderson 6-1 Harry Robinson
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Dennis Smith
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Jamie Bain 6-3 Ricky Williams
Gerwyn Price 6-3 James Richardson
Peter Hudson 6-3 Craig Gilchrist
James Wilson 6-1 Sven Groen
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Jimmy Hendriks
Jelle Klaasen 6-2 David Pallett
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Jamie Caven
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Jan Dekker
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Scott Taylor
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Robert Owen
Chris Dobey 6-5 Terry Temple
Darren Johnson 6-2 Aden Kirk
Alan Norris 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Andy Jenkins 6-1 Ross Twell
Kyle Anderson 6-0 Bryan de Hoog
Ricky Evans 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Paul Rowley 6-2 Mark Webster
Robbie Green 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Joe Murnan
Joe Cullen 6-4 Terry Roach
John Michael 6-1 Andy Boulton
Steve West 6-2 Jamie Lewis
John Henderson 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Peter Wright 6-2 Mike de Decker
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 Richie Burnett
Ronny Huybrechts 6-5 Andy Hamilton
Wayne Jones 6-4 Max Hopp
Berry van Peer 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Matt Clark 6-5 Richie Corner
Mervyn King 6-5 Paul Harvey
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Devon Petersen
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Scott Darbyshire
Ryan Searle 6-5 Dimitri van den Bergh
Christian Kist 6-2 Madars Razma
Stephen Burton 6-4 Steve Hine
Ted Evetts 6-5 James Wade
Simon Preston 6-5 Tony Newell
Robert Thornton 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 William O’Connor
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Keegan Brown
Simon Stevenson 6-1 Ronnie Baxter
Darren Webster 6-5 Mark Walsh
Shaun Griffiths 6-5 Warrick Scheffer
Ian White 6-4 Prakash Jiwa
Peter Jacques 6-1 Mick Todd
Adam Hunt 6-5 Steve Beaton
Kevin Painter 6-4 Ryan Palmer
Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Ray Campbell
Vincent Kamphuis 6-4 Alan Tabern
Justin Pipe 6-5 Wes Newton
Steve Lennon 6-2 Matthew Dennant
Michael Smith 6-4 Jim Walker
Richard North 6-0 Jim Brown
Josh Payne 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Chris Quantock 6-5 Mark Barilli

Second Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Rob Cross 6-4 Mick McGowan
Gary Anderson 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Jamie Bain
Peter Hudson 6-4 Gerwyn Price
Jonny Clayton 6-2 James Wilson
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Darren Johnson 6-2 Chris Dobey
Alan Norris 6-4 Andy Jenkins
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Ricky Evans
Jonathan Worsley 6-1 Paul Rowley
Robbie Green 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
John Michael 6-2 Joe Cullen
Steve West 6-3 John Henderson
Peter Wright 6-2 Jeffrey de Graaf
Wayne Jones 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Berry van Peer 6-4 Matt Clark
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Mervyn King
Ryan Searle 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Christian Kist 6-3 Stephen Burton
Simon Preston 6-4 Ted Evetts
Robert Thornton 6-0 Ritchie Edhouse
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Simon Stevenson
Darren Webster 6-3 Shaun Griffiths
Ian White 6-5 Peter Jacques
Adam Hunt 6-2 Kevin Painter
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Vincent Kamphuis
Justin Pipe 6-4 Steve Lennon
Michael Smith 6-4 Richard North
Josh Payne 6-5 Chris Quantock

Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Rob Cross
Gary Anderson 6-0 Paul Nicholson
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Peter Hudson
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Darren Johnson 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Alan Norris 6-2 Kyle Anderson
Robbie Green 6-2 Jonathan Worsley
Steve West 6-2 John Michael
Peter Wright 6-3 Wayne Jones
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Berry van Peer
Ryan Searle 6-3 Christain Kist
Simon Preston v Robert Thornton
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Darren Webster
Ian White 6-1 Adam Hunt
Justin Pipe 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Michael Smith 6-2 Josh Payne

Fourth Round
Gary Anderson 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Alan Norris 6-5 Darren Johnson
Steve West 6-5 Robbie Green
Peter Wright 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Ryan Searle 6-4 Simon Preston
Ian White 6-4 Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith 6-1 Justin Pipe

Gary Anderson 6-0 Jonny Clayton
Steve West 6-3 Alan Norris
Peter Wright 6-5 Ryan Searle
Michael Smith 6-5 Ian White

Gary Anderson 6-2 Steve West
Peter Wright 6-3 Michael Smith

Gary Anderson 6-3 Peter Wright

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