GARY ANDERSON continued his excellent form as he stormed to the Players Championship Three title with a 6-0 whitewash of Peter Wright in Saturday's final at the Barnsley Metrodome.
The Scot, who won the Coral UK Open last weekend in Minehead, was once again red hot on the oche as he blazed past all in his path to claim the £10,000 winning prize and a third tournament win of 2018.
There was also perfection struck on the floor once more in Barnsley, as Jamie Lewis landed a nine-dart finish in the second round of the £75,000 event.
Anderson’s intent in the final was clear from the off as he landed a 180 with his first visit to the board, before finding double ten to break and take the lead against world number two Wright.
The two-time World Champion’s best leg of the final came in the third as he took just 12 darts to break once more and lead 3-0.
He was at it again in the fifth, breaking throw with a 76 checkout to lead 5-0, before holding in the sixth leg to secure an incredible whitewash victory over his Scottish World Cup team-mate.
However, Anderson’s performance of the day came in a 6-0 whitewash of World Champion Rob Cross in the last 16 stage.
Averaging a staggering 108.7, the UK Open Champion landed three bullseye finishes, including a 170 checkout, on his way to victory over another of his Unibet Premier League rivals.
He then bettered that average in the last four, beating World Championship semi-finalist Lewis with a brilliant 109.7 average as the Welshman was unable to follow up his earlier perfect leg by reaching the final.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Anderson, however, as he was forced to recover from 5-1 down beat Terry Jenkins in his opening game.
He was then pushed hard in respective 6-4 victories over Gary Eastwood and Simon Stevenson, and beat Steve Hine 6-3 in his quarter-final clash.
Saturday's progression to the final was a welcome run Wright, who crashed out in the defence of his UK Open title last weekend at the first hurdle and suffered a heavy defeat to Mensur Suljovic in the Premier League on Thursday.
To start the day, Wright edged out youngster Chris Quantock 6-3 and then survived scares against Steve Lennon and Jermaine Wattimena as he picked up 6-5 victories.
Wright’s performance of the day came in the last 16 as he whitewashed Darren Webster, before beating Brendan Dolan and Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 to reach the final.
Lewis, who beat Diogo Portela 6-3 in the opening round, found his moment of perfection with two 180s and a 141 checkout to level at 5-5 against Adam Hunt in the second round, before holding his throw to seal victory.
He then beat Stephen Bunting, Danny Noppert and Joe Cullen to reach the semi-finals.
Young Dutchman De Graaf enjoyed his best run on the PDC ProTour as he reached the semi-finals. He started the day with a victory over Robert Marijanovic, before beating Luke Woodhouse.
His biggest scalp came as he defeated Premier League star Daryl Gurney 6-4 in the last 32, and followed that with a last-leg victory over compatriot Jelle Klaasen.
And finally, he sealed his day with a 6-4 win against Richard North to reach the final four, where he ran into Peter Wright.
The action from Barnsley continues on Sunday with Players Championship Four, with live games streamed throughout the day in PDCTV-HD.
Players Championship Three
Saturday March 10, Barnsley Metrodome
Peter Wright 6-0 Darren Webster
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Darren Johnson
Richard North 6-4 John Henderson
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-0 Rob Cross
Steve Hine 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Joe Cullen 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Jamie Lewis 6-1 Danny Noppert
Peter Wright 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-4 Richard North
Gary Anderson 6-3 Steve Hine
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jamie Lewis
Gary Anderson 6-0 Peter Wright