Surprise package Szaganski causes a sensation with PC27 success

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Radek Szaganski secured his maiden PDC ranking title with victory over Connor Scutt in Friday’s Players Championship 27, to cap off an astonishing day of action in Barnsley.

Resurgent Joyce stuns Price to end title drought at PC26

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Ryan Joyce clinched his second PDC ranking title with victory in Players Championship 26, culminating in a dramatic comeback win over Gerwyn Price in Thursday's decider.

Nine-dart Anderson defeats Rock to seal PC25 glory

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Gary Anderson continued his blistering form to secure Players Championship 25 glory on Wednesday, defeating Josh Rock 8-4 in the decider to claim back-to-back ProTour titles in Barnsley.

2023 Players Championships 25-28 entries confirmed

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Player entries have been confirmed for next week's Players Championship events, as the 2023 PDC ProTour season continues in Barnsley.

Awesome Anderson scoops PC24 title

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Gary Anderson won his second ranking title of 2023 on Friday, continuing his superb form in Barnsley to defeat Ryan Joyce 8-4 in the Players Championship 24 final.

Rampant Chisnall wins Players Championship 23 in Barnsley

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Dave Chisnall celebrated his second PDC ranking title in the space of five days with a sensational 8-3 victory against Luke Humphries in Thursday's Players Championship 23 decider in Barnsley.

Noppert edges out Kist in all-Dutch decider in Players Championship 22

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Danny Noppert doubled his title tally in 2023 with a dramatic deciding-leg victory over fellow countryman Christian Kist in Players Championship 22.

2023 Players Championships 22-24 entries confirmed

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Player entries have been confirmed for next week's Players Championship treble-header, as the 2023 ProTour season continues in Barnsley.

Order of Merit latest: Top 50 on £100k+ for first time

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For the first time in the Order of Merit era, each of the PDC's top 50 players have over £100,000 in ranking money to their name following Players Championships 19-21.

Price prevents Klose fairytale with PC21 success

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Gerwyn Price claimed his sixth PDC title of 2023 with a hard-fought 8-6 victory over German newcomer Daniel Klose in Tuesday's Players Championship 21 in Barnsley.

Jonny Clayton returned to winning ways with an outstanding 8-5 victory against Wesley Plaisier in Wednesday’s Players Championship 14 final in Milton Keynes.

Clayton stormed to victory on a thrilling day of action at the Marshall Arena, denying an in-form Plaisier to clinch his first PDC ranking title since May 2023.

The Welshman – a runner-up in May’s Dutch Darts Championship – endured a difficult end to 2023, but he continued his revival to become the 14th different winner in as many Players Championship events in 2024.

Clayton – a quarter-finalist on Tuesday – kicked off his campaign with emphatic wins against Darren Beveridge, Andy Baetens and James Hurrell, before defying a 110.71 average from Dom Taylor in a sensational last 16 tie.

The 49-year-old then overcame Martin Schindler in the last eight, before running out a 7-3 winner against Cameron Menzies in the semi-finals, which ended the Scot’s hopes of World Matchplay qualification.

Clayton seized the early initiative in Wednesday’s showpiece, reeling off three consecutive legs to establish 4-1 and 5-2 leads, only for Plaisier to respond with a majestic 161 checkout in leg eight.

The former Premier League champion restored his three-leg buffer with a fabulous 11-darter, and he punished rare errors on the outer ring from his Dutch opponent to move to the brink of glory at 7-3.

Plaisier hit back with skin-saving 121 and 122 finishes on the bull as he looked to complete an astonishing turnaround, but Clayton kept his cool, pinning double 16 to triumph with a 106 average.

“Fair play to Wesley. How he hasn’t got a Tour Card I’ll never know, because he can seriously play darts,” reflected Clayton, who also landed seven 180s in the final.

“Confidence is low when you’re not picking up results, but I’ve got my mojo back. I’ve got a smile on my face, and winning always helps.

“I was way off at the start of the year, but something has clicked.

“I played well yesterday and I played well today, so my consistency is there, and fingers crossed I can keep it going.

“It’s a great time to get your form back with the World Matchplay coming up, and hopefully I can go one step further this year.”


Following his exploits on Tuesday, Plaisier reaffirmed his credentials by reaching back-to-back finals at the Marshall Arena, as he walked away from this week’s ProTour double-header with £20,000 in prize money.

The Dutchman dumped out world number four Gerwyn Price in the last 32, and later accounted for Mario Vandenbogaerde, Graham Usher and Ryan Joyce to maintain his superb run of form.

Joyce crashed in a 111.48 average in his quarter-final thumping of Josh Rock, having also won through a deciding-leg tussle against top seed Dave Chisnall in the last 16.

Joyce was joined in the last four by Scottish star Menzies, who dumped out England’s World Cup winning duo Michael Smith and Luke Humphries along with Damon Heta on his way to the semi-finals.

Heta won 17 consecutive legs during his run to the last eight, where he crashed out alongside Rock and Schindler, who defeated his World Cup partner Gabriel Clemens to end Clemens’ World Matchplay dreams.

Usher claimed a host of big scalps to reach his maiden ProTour quarter-final, following up deciding-leg wins over Gary Anderson and James Wade with a 6-4 success against World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall.

Elsewhere, Robert Owen produced the performance of the day in Milton Keynes, registering a staggering 115.85 average in his third round demolition of Ryan Searle, who was beaten 6-1 despite averaging 105.

Wednesday’s action marked the final event before the cut-off for Betfred World Matchplay qualification, with 2007 champion James Wade securing the final place in the 32-player field.

Following Kevin Doets’ first round defeat at the hands of Steve Beaton, Menzies threatened to overhaul Wade with his brilliant run to the last four, although he fell just short in his last-gasp Blackpool bid.

2024 Players Championship 14
Wednesday July 3
Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Last 16

Ryan Joyce 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Josh Rock 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Wesley Plaisier 6-4 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Graham Usher 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Cameron Menzies 6-5 Luke Humphries
Damon Heta 6-0 Robert Owen
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Dom Taylor
Martin Schindler 6-3 Gabriel Clemens

Quarter-Finals
Ryan Joyce 6-1 Josh Rock
Wesley Plaisier 6-2 Graham Usher
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Damon Heta
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Martin Schindler

Semi-Finals
Wesley Plaisier 7-4 Ryan Joyce
Jonny Clayton 7-3 Cameron Menzies

Final
Jonny Clayton 8-5 Wesley Plaisier

Drawboard