Dolan Claims Second Title
BRENDAN DOLAN won his second ProTour title in the space of three weeks after a 6-1 victory over Jamie Robinson in the final of the last Players Championship of 2013 at the Barnsley Metrodome.
The Northern Ireland star began his run to the £10,000 winner’s prize with wins over Connie Finnan, Keith Stephen and Mark Jones before claiming an excellent 6-4 win over Wes Newton to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the last eight he overcame Scotland’s Gary Anderson 6-3 before defeating Terry Jenkins for a place in the final after putting a together a run of four straight legs to win 6-2.
In the final, Dolan began well as he broke Robinson’s throw in the opening leg with a 13-dart-finish before taking the next two comfortably to establish a 3-0 lead, landing double 16 and then breaking again with a 180 in another 13-darter.
Dolan hit double 16 to win the fourth leg before Robinson took out 62 to get a leg on the board, but the world number 15 took the next two legs and completed the win in style by converting a 90 finish on double ten for a 12-darter.
"It feels brilliant and I'm chuffed to bits," said Dolan, who won his maiden ranking title at the start of November in Wigan.
"The class of players on the tour now is so great that this is the best place in the world to play darts, and it means so much to win another tournament.
"I'd like it to become more of a habit now and the dream is obviously to go on and win a big TV event now. This is a great platform for me to build on going into the Players Championship Finals and World Championship.
"I'm playing well and I know that I can beat anyone if I get my concentration right. I'm really positive about my game at the moment, I'm confident and I know I'm playing well."
Colchester's Robinson produced a remarkable run to the final at the Barnsley Metrodome, having never won the past the last 16 stage of a PDC competition, which he achieved at the European Darts Trophy, in April.
The 37-year-old - a PDPA Associate Member who was only competing in the event after Paul Barham's withdrawal this week opened up a spot in the entries - progressed to the last 16 stage thanks to wins over Shaun Griffiths, Belgium’s Ronny Huybrechts and Joey Palfreyman, before defeating Andy Smith 6-4 to reach the last eight.
In his quarter-final clash against Jamie Lewis, Robinson opened up a 5-2 lead but was pegged back to five-all before winning a dramatic deciding leg with a 64 finish after his opponent missed a dart at double eight.
The Colchester thrower’s semi-final against Ricky Evans was equally tense as he came out on top in another deciding-leg encounter where he held his nerve to take out a 96 finish on double nine to reach his first final in a PDC competition.
Robinson’s incredible performance ignited hopes of automatically qualifying for the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship if he took the £10,000 first prize, but Dolan's win in the final ended those dreams - leaving him to compete in Monday's PDPA Qualifier in Barnsley.
The result left Steve Brown breathing a sigh of relief, as the Bristol man claimed the 16th qualifying spot from the ProTour Order of Merit to confirm a sixth appearance at Alexandra Palace.
Terry Jenkins’ run to the semi-finals at the Barnsley Metrodome was his best performance of 2013, eclipsing a quarter-final appearance in a Players Championship in Crawley back in June, sealing his place in the 32-man field for next weekend's Cash Converters Players Championship Finals.
Jenkins' run included a 6-3 win over Paul Nicholson in the last eight which included checkouts of 117, 147 and 100 from the Ledbury star in the opening three legs, before he fell to Dolan in the last four to earn £2,500 prize money.
World Youth Championship finalist Ricky Evans was also another player to impress on Sunday as he made the last four, which guaranteed his place for a debut appearance in the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace next month, at the expense of Andy Jenkins.
The 23-year-old from Kettering claimed brilliant wins over Dutch pair Vincent van der Voort and Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen, before dispatching Mark Dudbridge 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals.
The rising star, who competed in the Grand Slam of Darts recently, then overcame former World Champion Steve Beaton by a 6-2 margin to reach the semi-finals, where he narrowly lost to Robinson in a deciding leg.
Major champions Anderson, Nicholson and Beaton all took away £1,500 for reaching the quarter-finals on Sunday, along with Welsh youngster Lewis.
Lewis’ fourth round win over Ian White secured his qualification for next week’s Cash Converters Players Championship Finals in Minehead at the expense of Darren Webster, who suffered a disappointing first round loss following Saturday’s impressive run to the last eight.
That win put Lewis through to his second ProTour quarter-final in the space three weeks, but his hopes of continuing a fine run were ended by a narrow defeat to Robinson.
Dave Chisnall, who won Saturday’s Players Championship at the Barnsley Metrodome, fell at the second round stage to John Henderson, while Robert Thornton, the runner-up 24 hours earlier, suffered a surprise first round exit to Joey Palfreyman.
Australia's world number four Simon Whitlock endured a surprise first round exit for the second successive day, while Kevin Painter was another notable casualty following a run to the quarter-finals in Saturday’s Players Championship.
Monday’s World Championship PDPA Qualifier will conclude the action at the Barnsley Metrodome where two places to compete at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship are still up for grabs.
The winner of Monday's qualifier will enter the tournament in the first round with the runner-up coming in at the Preliminary Round stage alongside the International Qualifiers plus the winner of the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
Players Championship 16
Sunday November 24, Barnsley Metrodome
Michael van Gerwen (1) Bye
Denis Ovens 6-2 Dylan Duo
Vincent van der Voort (32) 6-3 Alan Derrett
Ricky Evans 6-0 Ian Walters
Stuart Kellett (16) 6-4 Kevin McDine
Mark Dudbridge 6-5 Colin Fowler
Joe Murnan 6-5 Andy Hamilton (17)
Tony West 6-1 Matthew Dicken
Steve Beaton (8) 6-4 Josh Payne
Steve West 6-1 Par Riihonen
Jelle Klaasen (25) 6-5 Andy Jenkins
Scott Rand 6-3 Mark Hylton
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Simon Whitlock (9)
Jarkko Komula 6-5 Chris Aubrey
Michael Smith (24) 6-5 William O'Connor
Michael Barnard 6-4 Tomas Seyler
Kim Huybrechts (5) 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Peter Hudson 6-4 Paddy Meaney
Jamie Lewis (28) 6-0 Darren Whittingham
Stephen Hardy 6-3 Steve Brown
Ian White (12) 6-1 Colin Osborne
Dennis Priestley 6-4 Steve Grubb
Colin Lloyd (21) 6-3 Kevin Dowling
Steve Hine 6-3 Gaz Cousins
Joey Palfreyman 6-4 Robert Thornton (4)
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Nick Fullwell
Ronny Huybrechts (29) 6-3 Andy Pearce
Jamie Robinson 6-2 Shaun Griffiths
Michael Blake 6-4 Kevin Painter (13)
Andrew Gilding 6-1 Prakash Jiwa
Andy Smith (20) 6-0 Mark Cox
Steve Farmer 6-2 Antonio Alcinas
Dave Chisnall (2) Bye
John Henderson 6-0 Jyhan Artut
Roland Scholten 6-5 Arron Monk (31)
Marc Dewsbury 6-4 James Hubbard
Gary Anderson (15) 6-1 Brandon Walsh
James Richardson 6-5 Ricky Sudale
Ronnie Baxter (18) 6-3 Ross Smith
Jani Haavisto 6-3 Alan Tabern
Brendan Dolan (7) 6-3 Connie Finnan
Keith J Stephen 6-1 John Bowles
Matt Clark 6-5 Darren Webster (26)
Mark Jones 6-1 Sean Ryan
Wes Newton (10) 6-5 Nigel Heydon
Jeff Smith 6-2 Reece Robinson
Wayne Jones (23) 6-5 Terry Temple
Bernd Roith 6-5 Magnus Caris
Jamie Caven (6) 6-1 Campbell Jackson
Johnny Haines 6-0 David Copley
Terry Jenkins (27) 6-0 Martyn Turner
Mark Walsh 6-5 Keith Rooney
Mervyn King (11) 6-0 Dan Russell
Mick Todd 6-2 Adrian Gray
Richie Burnett (22) 6-3 Daniel Day
Mark Frost 6-3 Alex Roy
Peter Wright (3) 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Paul Amos 6-2 Jerry Hendriks
Mark Webster (30) 6-0 Ryan De Vreede
Joe Cullen 6-4 Dennis Smith
Paul Nicholson (14) 6-1 Dean Winstanley
Michael Mansell 6-3 John Scott
Justin Pipe (19) 6-1 Adam Hunt
Darren Johnson 6-4 Jim Walker
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Denis Ovens
Ricky Evans 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Mark Dudbridge 6-5 Stuart Kellett
Tony West 6-2 Joe Murnan
Steve Beaton 6-3 Steve West
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Scott Rand
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Jarkko Komula
Michael Smith 6-2 Michael Barnard
Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Peter Hudson
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Stephen Hardy
Ian White 6-2 Dennis Priestley
Colin Lloyd 6-4 Steve Hine
Joey Palfreyman 6-4 Ryan Harrington
Jamie Robinson 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Michael Blake
Andy Smith 6-5 Steve Farmer
John Henderson 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Marc Dewsbury 6-3 Roland Scholten
Gary Anderson 6-4 James Richardson
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Jani Haavisto
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Keith J Stephen
Mark Jones 6-2 Matt Clark
Wes Newton 6-1 Jeff Smith
Bernd Roith 6-4 Wayne Jones
Johnny Haines 6-3 Jamie Caven
Terry Jenkins 6-4 Mark Walsh
Mick Todd 6-4 Mervyn King
Richie Burnett 6-4 Mark Frost
Peter Wright 6-3 Paul Amos
Joe Cullen 6-3 Mark Webster
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Michael Mansell
Justin Pipe 6-1 Darren Johnson
Ricky Evans 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Tony West
Steve Beaton 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Michael Smith
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Ian White 6-3 Colin Lloyd
Jamie Robinson 6-2 Joey Palfreyman
Andy Smith 6-5 Andrew Gilding
John Henderson 6-2 Marc Dewsbury
Gary Anderson 6-4 Ronnie Baxter
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Mark Jones
Wes Newton 6-1 Bernd Roith
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Johnny Haines
Mick Todd 6-5 Richie Burnett
Joe Cullen 6-2 Peter Wright
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Justin Pipe
Ricky Evans 6-1 Mark Dudbridge
Steve Beaton 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Ian White
Jamie Robinson 6-4 Andy Smith
Gary Anderson 6-3 John Henderson
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Wes Newton
Terry Jenkins 6-1 Mick Todd
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Joe Cullen
Ricky Evans 6-2 Steve Beaton
Jamie Robinson 6-5 Jamie Lewis
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Gary Anderson
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Jamie Robinson 6-5 Ricky Evans
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Jamie Robinson
Final - Leg-by-Leg
Jamie Robinson v Brendan Dolan
0-1 - Dolan secures an immediate break of throw by landing double 14 for a 13-dart-finish.
0-2 - The Northern Irishman maintains good start by hitting double 16.
0-3 - Dolan kicks-off the leg with a maximum before landing double top to pull further ahead with another 13-darter.
0-4 - Dolan takes out 48 on double 16 to pile more pressure on Robinson.
1-4 - Robinson records a 62 finish to get a leg on the board with his opponent waiting on a two-darter.
1-5 - Dolan hits double eight to move a leg away from a second ProTour victory.
1-6 - Dolan hits scores of 134, 137 and 140 to leave 90 after nine darts, and he takes out the finish on double ten to win the match with a 100.22 average.