Players Championship 13 Report!

Beaton Anderson

Steve Beaton rolled back the years to clinch the third PDC Pro Tour title of his career with a stunning 6-3 victory over two-time world champion Gary Anderson at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Saturday afternoon.

The former Lakeside world champion performed superbly throughout the day to secure his first ranking title since winning the German Darts Masters in Sindelfingen in September 2013- and just his second ever Players Championship title.

‘The Bronzed Adonis’ enjoyed a stunning start to Saturday’s final; taking out a spectacular 125 checkout to seal the opener, before crashing in a 12-darter to double his lead. Anderson then missed a dart at the bullseye to open his account in the third leg, as Beaton pegged D16 to capitalise and extend his lead to 3-0.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ opened his account with a sublime 12-dart hold, but Beaton was unperturbed and defied a fourth maximum from Anderson to move 4-1 ahead thanks to a commanding 13-darter.

The pair then exchanged 15-dart holds as Beaton moved to the cusp of victory, but Anderson converted a crucial 68 kill for another 15-darter to reduce the deficit to 5-3. Nevertheless, ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ suffered no finishing line nerves, as he dispatched an effortless 82 checkout to clinch the £10,000 winner’s prize by virtue of a 12-dart hold.

The 53-year-old told PDC commentator Dan Dawson: “I fancied this today. I’ve been trying so hard this year and I’ve played really well today and I’m delighted to win. I went to bed last night thinking I want to be in the World Matchplay so hopefully this will take me a long way to getting there. Everyone wants to win but maybe I tried that bit harder today.”

Earlier in the day, Beaton had kicked off his campaign with an imperious whitewash victory over Matthew Dennant, before overcoming former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown in a hard-fought affair. Beaton then eased past Robert Owen 6-2, before producing a classy display to defeat world number six Dave Chisnall 6-4.

In the last eight, the 53-year-old faced 2008 World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd, who performed impressively to seal £2,500 in prize money. Shepherd thrashed Mike De Decker and came through deciders against Cristo Reyes, Paul Harvey and Jamie Lewis to reach the quarters, but Beaton produced a stunning display to dismantle Shepherd 6-0.

This set up a semi-final clash against Rob Cross, who continued his magnificent floor form in Wigan. Cross dropped just ten legs in defeating Jan Dekker, Vincent Kamphuis, Mervyn King, Peter Wright and Robert Thornton to reach the last four, but he was denied a third Players Championship title of 2017 as Beaton prevailed 6-3.

On the other side of the draw, Anderson was in fine form to reach his fourth Players ionship final of 2017. The world number two came through a nerve-jangling deciding leg tussle in his opening game against Rowby-John Rodriguez, before easing past his protégé Adam Hunt 6-2 to reach round-three.

Anderson then came through another tough test against Harry Robinson in the last 32. Robinson had recorded consecutive whitewash victories over Steve West and Stephen Burton to storm into round-three, but the two-time world champion triumphed 6-4, before overcoming another protégé in the shape of Michael Smith to reach the last eight.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ then turned on the style to secure his place in the final with two emphatic victories. Anderson whitewashed his fellow Premier League star Kim Huybrechts 6-0, before thrashing Daryl Gurney 6-1 in the last four, after ‘Super-Chin’ had beaten the likes of Josh Payne, Darren Webster and Mensur Suljovic in previous rounds.

Anderson also performed superbly in the final, averaging 108.53 and crashing in four maximums. Nevertheless, it wasn’t sufficient to defeat an irrepressible Beaton, who averaged 107.09, piled in three maximums and converted 67% of his attempts at double, to round off arguably one of the greatest days in his PDC career.

James Wade’s indifferent Pro Tour form continues, as he suffered an opening round defeat to quick-fire Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena. Elsewhere, former Players Championship winners Alan Norris and Benito van de Pas were beaten at the same stage by Andy Jenkins and Richie Corner respectively.

Jelle Klaasen’s first Players Championship appearance since undergoing wrist surgery culminated in a second-round defeat to Tony Newell, whilst Ian White, Joe Cullen, Gerwyn Price and Stephen Bunting were also second-round casualties.

There were also a host of big names absent in Wigan. World number one Michael van Gerwen was a late withdrawal, whilst Adrian Lewis also missed out. Raymond van Barneveld will sit out Pro Tour action until August, whilst 16-time world champion Phil Taylor continues to scale down his commitments ahead of his impending retirement.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Players Championship 13

Last 128

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

Last 64

Peter Wright 6 | 1 Steve Hine
Vincent van der Voort 6 | 5 Andy Boulton
Rob Cross 6 | 2 Vincent Kamphuis
Mervyn King 6 | 2 Ryan Searle
Ryan Meikle 6 | 3 Andy Jenkins
Robert Thornton 6 | 5 Mickey Mansell
Tony Newell 6 | 4 Jelle Klaasen
Darren Johnson 6 | 5 Jonathan Worsley
Dave Chisnall 6 | 1 James Richardson
Matt Clark 6 | 3 Andrew Gilding
Robert Owen 6 | 5 Joe Cullen
Steve Beaton 6 | 4 Keegan Brown
Jamie Lewis 6 | 5 Ian White
Jonny Clayton 6 | 2 William O’Connor
Kirk Shepherd 6 | 5 Paul Harvey
Mike De Decker 6 | 1 James Wilson
Mensur Suljovic 6 | 2 Antonio Alcinas
Paul Nicholson 6 | 5 Berry van Peer
Richard North 6 | 4 Stephen Bunting
Ted Evetts 6 | 5 Jermaine Wattimena
Richie Corner 6 | 4 Joe Murnan
Darren Webster 6 | 3 Ross Twell
Daryl Gurney 6 | 4 John Michael
Terry Temple 6 | 1 Christian Kist
Kim Huybrechts 6 | 5 Jamie Caven
John Henderson 6 | 5 Madars Razma
Wes Newton 6 | 5 Gerwyn Price
Stuart Kellett 6 | 4 Kyle Anderson
Michael Smith 6 | 4 Andy Hamilton
Brendan Dolan 6 | 5 Justin Pipe
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Adam Hunt
Harry Robinson 6 | 0 Stephen Burton

Last 32

Peter Wright 6 | 3 Vincent van der Voort
Rob Cross 6 | 1 Mervyn King
Robert Thornton 6 | 1 Ryan Meikle
Tony Newell 6 | 3 Darren Johnson
Dave Chisnall 6 | 3 Matt Clark
Steve Beaton 6 | 2 Robert Owen
Jamie Lewis 6 | 4 Jonny Clayton
Kirk Shepherd 6 | 1 Mike De Decker
Mensur Suljovic 6 | 0 Paul Nicholson
Richard North 6 | 4 Ted Evetts
Darren Webster 6 | 5 Richie Corner
Daryl Gurney 6 | 3 Terry Temple
Kim Huybrechts 6 | 5 John Henderson
Stuart Kellett 6 | 2 Wes Newton
Michael Smith 6 | 3 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 6 | 4 Harry Robinson

Last 16

Rob Cross 6 | 4 Peter Wright
Robert Thornton 6 | 3 Tony Newell
Steve Beaton 6 | 4 Dave Chisnall
Kirk Shepherd 6 | 5 Jamie Lewis
Mensur Suljovic 6 | 3 Richard North
Daryl Gurney 6 | 5 Darren Webster
Kim Huybrechts 6 | 3 Stuart Kellett
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Michael Smith

Last Eight

Rob Cross 6 | 1 Robert Thornton
Steve Beaton 6 | 0 Kirk Shepherd
Daryl Gurney 6 | 5 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 6 | 0 Kim Huybrechts

Last Four

Steve Beaton 6 | 3 Rob Cross
Gary Anderson 6 | 1 Daryl Gurney

Final

Steve Beaton 6 | 3 Gary Anderson
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