Players Championship 14 Report!

Gary Anderson PC 14

Gary Anderson recovered from the disappointment of losing in the final of Players Championship 13 to claim glory just 24 hours later at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon.

The world number two was beaten by an inspired Steve Beaton in the final of yesterday’s event, but ‘The Flying Scotsman’ overcame Ian White in Sunday’s final, to seal the 20th Players Championship title of his career.

Anderson produced a dominant display to ease past ‘The Diamond’ in Sunday’s final, averaging 100.01 to record an emphatic 6-1 victory. He also piled in two maximums and converted 60% of his attempts at double to round-off his third Pro Tour victory of 2017 thus far.

The two-time world champion kicked off proceedings by pinning D8, having wired the bullseye for a 170 outshot in the preceding visit. The Scot then doubled his tally after following up his first maximum with a clinical 84 kill to complete an 11-dart break, before extending his lead to 3-0 with a 15-dart hold via D9.

White opened his account on D8, but he was unable to reduce the arrears further as Anderson powered on to victory. The world number two picked out D12 for a 13-darter, having posted his second maximum in the previous visit. He then dispatched a classy 118 outshot to move to the cusp of victory, before pegging tops to seal the title.

Reflecting on his third Players Championship title of 2017, Anderson told Dan Dawson: “These tournaments are hard work, so it’s really good to get the win. Steve was fantastic yesterday and it was my turn today. I love it when the old boys stand up and show everyone what we can do. We are still doing the business and the young guys aren’t quite there yet.”

Nevertheless, it wasn’t all plain-sailing for the Scot. He began his campaign with a nerve-jangling deciding leg over Mickey Mansell, before defeating Harry Robinson 6-4 for the second day in succession. Anderson then followed this up with successive 6-2 wins over Kyle Anderson and Dirk van Duijvenbode respectively, to clinch his spot in the last eight.

In the last eight, Anderson faced Hampshire ace Richard North, who produced another fine showing on Pro Tour. North, who secured his maiden PDC Tour Card at this year’s Q-School, defeated Mick McGowan, Cristo Reyes, James Wade and Jamie Bain to reach the quarter-finals, before succumbing 6-1 to an imperious Anderson.

The two-time world champion then faced a showdown with Rob Cross in the last four, as Cross sealed his second semi-final spot of the weekend. He overcame Paul Rowley, Andy Jenkins, Antonio Alcinas, Mensur Suljovic and Daryl Gurney to reach the semi’s, but he was denied his third Pro Tour title of the year, as Anderson triumphed 6-4 in a thriller.

On the other side of the draw, Ian White continued his good form to reach his second Players Championship final in as many months. ‘The Diamond’ was edged out by Rob Cross in the final of Players Championship 10 in Milton Keynes last month, but he was unable to severely trouble a rampant Scot in Sunday’s final.

White kicked off proceedings with a battling 6-4 victory against Simon Stevenson, before dropping just five legs in his next three matches, as he stormed past the trio of Warrick Scheffer, Josh Payne and Gerwyn Price. This set up a quarter-final clash against talented Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan, who enjoyed his best Pro Tour showing for over 18 months.

De Zwaan claimed the scalps of Joe Cullen, Steve Lennon, David Pallett and Kim Huybrechts to reach the quarter-finals and claim £2,500 in prize money, but he was denied a place in the last four after surrendering a 5-2 cushion against the Stoke star, who reeled off four consecutive legs to dump out the Dutchman.

In the semi-finals, White saw off the challenge of former PDC major winner Robert Thornton.  ‘The Thorn’ whitewashed Sven Groen in round-one, before defeating Mark Barilli, Martin Schindler, Darren Webster, Vincent van der Voort. However, he was denied a place in his second Players Championship final of 2017, as White triumphed 6-3.

However, there were also a number of early big-name casualties in Wigan. Saturday’s winner Steve Beaton was beaten in round-one by Spanish star Antonio Alcinas, whilst Benito van de Pas suffered his second straight first-round exit, this time against a resurgent Steve Hine.

Jelle Klaasen suffered another early exit as he lost out to his compatriot Yordi Meeuwisse, whilst Stephen Bunting, Mervyn King and Joe Cullen also departed the tournament at the first-round stage. Elsewhere, top seed Peter Wright was beaten 6-3 in round-three by an impressive Vincent van der Voort.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Players Championship 14

Last 128

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

Last 64

Peter Wright 6 | 0 Peter Hudson
Vincent van der Voort 6 | 3 John Bowles
Peter Jacques 6 | 5 Ricky Williams
Mark Webster 6 | 2 Adam Hunt
Yordi Meeuwisse 6 | 4 Jeffrey de Graaf
Darren Webster 6 | 3 William O’Connor
Martin Schindler 6 | 5 Alan Norris
Robert Thornton 6 | 5 Mark Barilli
Ian White 6 | 1 Warrick Scheffer
Josh Payne 6 | 1 Brendan Dolan
Gerwyn Price 6 | 4 Ryan Searle
Richie Corner 6 | 5 James Wilson
Kim Huybrechts 6 | 1 Simon Preston
Justin Pipe 6 | 0 Mick Todd
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6 | 4 Steve Lennon
David Pallett 6 | 5 Devon Petersen
Mensur Suljovic 6 | 1 Mark Walsh
Ron Meulenkamp 6 | 5 Robbie Green
Rob Cross 6 | 4 Andy Jenkins
Antonio Alcinas 6 | 5 Richie Burnett
Steve Hine 6 | 4 Brian Woods
Wayne Jones 6 | 4 Ronny Huybrechts
Daryl Gurney 6 | 5 Kevin Painter
Joe Murnan 6 | 2 Dennis Smith
Jimmy Hendriks 6 | 5 Dave Chisnall
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6 | 4 John Henderson
Gary Anderson 6 | 4 Harry Robinson
Kyle Anderson 6 | 1 Berry van Peer
Jamie Bain 6 | 2 Michael Smith
Chris Dobey 6 | 3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Richard North 6 | 5 Cristo Reyes
James Wade 6 | 1 Jermaine Wattimena

Last 32

Vincent van der Voort 6 | 3 Peter Wright
Mark Webster 6 | 3 Peter Jacques
Darren Webster 6 | 1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Robert Thornton 6 | 4 Martin Schindler
Ian White 6 | 2 Josh Payne
Gerwyn Price 6 | 5 Richie Corner
Kim Huybrechts 6 | 2 Justin Pipe
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6 | 3 David Pallett
Mensur Suljovic 6 | 5 Ron Meulenkamp
Rob Cross 6 | 4 Antonio Alcinas
Wayne Jones 6 | 1 Steve Hine
Daryl Gurney 6 | 1 Joe Murnan
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6 | 1 Jimmy Hendriks
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Kyle Anderson
Jamie Bain 6 | 5 Chris Dobey
Richard North 6 | 5 James Wade

Last 16

Vincent van der Voort 6 | 5 Mark Webster
Robert Thornton 6 | 3 Darren Webster
Ian White 6 | 2 Gerwyn Price
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6 | 5 Kim Huybrechts
Rob Cross 6 | 5 Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney 6 | 3 Wayne Jones
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Richard North 6 | 4 Jamie Bain

Last Eight

Robert Thornton 6 | 3 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White 6 | 5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Rob Cross 6 | 4 Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson 6 | 1 Richard North

Last Four

Ian White 6 | 3 Robert Thornton
Gary Anderson 6 | 4 Rob Cross

Final

Gary Anderson 6 | 1 Ian White
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