Cullen doubles 2020 title tally on Winter Series Day Five

ProTour

Nov 14 2020

Joe Cullen picked up his second title of the year on the final day of the Winter Series.

Wright edges out De Sousa in Winter Series Day Four thriller

ProTour

Nov 13 2020

Peter Wright edged out Jose De Sousa 8-7 in a thrilling final to win his seventh title of 2020.

Price picks up eighth title of 2020 on Winter Series Day Three

ProTour

Nov 12 2020

Gerwyn Price won his eighth title of the year on Winter Series Day Three on Thursday.

Super Smith does the double in PDC Winter Series

ProTour

Nov 11 2020

The PDC Winter Series continues with Day Two in Coventry on Wednesday.

Smith ends title drought on Winter Series Day One

ProTour

Nov 10 2020

Michael Smith won his first PDC title in over two years on Tuesday.

Three TV tournaments provide incentive at PDC Winter Series

ProTour

Nov 09 2020

PDC action returns with the Winter Series from Tuesday in Coventry.

Bumper month of PDC action starts with BetVictor World Cup of Darts

News

Nov 06 2020

A bumper month of darts will see 23 days of PDC action in November.

Cullen defeats Van Gerwen to win International Darts Open

European Tour

Oct 25 2020

Joe Cullen defeated Michael van Gerwen to win the International Darts Open on Sunday.

Smith ends Price's two-year reign at International Darts Open

European Tour

Oct 24 2020

Ross Smith ended Gerwyn Price's two-year reign as champion at the International Darts Open on Saturday.

Super Smith dazzles on International Darts Open Day One

European Tour

Oct 23 2020

Ross Smith was the outstanding performer on the opening day of the 2020 International Darts Open.

KRZYSZTOF RATAJSKI claimed his fifth PDC ranking title with an 8-7 victory over Dimitri Van den Bergh in Saturday's Players Championship 21 final in Hildesheim.

The Polish ace has made a big impact over the last 18 months, with his trio of 2018 titles now backed up by a second Players Championship victory of 2019.

He began the day with successive 6-2 victories, against Maik Kuivenhoven and Jonathan Worsley, and then saw off Gabriel Clemens and Conan Whitehead for the loss of just three legs.

He then came from 4-3 and 5-4 down to defeat Mickey Mansell in the quarter-finals, before racing past Danny Noppert with a 104 average in a 7-1 semi-final success.

The final proved a tougher proposition, with Van den Bergh twice leading by two legs only falter in a dramatic finale.

Ratajski opened the final with a 160 checkout for a 12-darter, but Van den Bergh took the next two to lead 2-1 and also held a 4-2 cushin.

Ratajski hit back to square the game in leg eight, only for the World Youth Champion to again establish a two-leg advantage at 6-4.

The Polish number one landed double 16 and then levelled by posting the bull to complete a 69 combination, before regaining the lead in leg 13 by punishing four missed doubles from his opponent.

Van den Bergh took out double 16 to take the game into a deciding leg, but was unable to check out 121 to allow Ratajski in to finish 82 on tops for the title.

Ratajski will now move into the world's top 32 for the first time, becoming the first Polish player to achieve the feat.

"I'm very happy," said Ratajski. "It was very tight and it was really, really hard.

"I played my semi-final against Danny Noppert and I had never beaten him, but today I played almost a 104 average and it was superb.

"In the final with Dimitri, I've also lost with him many times, and I thought about it. When I was 7-7, I said to myself that I must win. It's a very important result for me."

Van den Bergh saw off Joe Cullen, Rowby-John Rodriguez, Justin Pipe, Simon Whitlock and Ron Meulenkamp during the event, before coming from 5-1 and 6-3 down to win his semi-final with Ian White 7-6.

That fightback moved the Belgian into his second Players Championship final of the year, but he was agonisingly left waiting to claim his first senior title.

White was bidding to add to his two European Tour titles with a third victory of 2019, but had to settle for a semi-final place on Saturday alongside Noppert, who enjoyed his best result since February.

Michael Smith bounced back from last Sunday's defeat to Rob Cross in the Betfred World Matchplay final by reaching the last eight, alongside Premier League rival Suljovic

Mansell's run to the last eight saw him reach his first quarter-final since May 2018, while Meulenkamp fell just short of progressing to a fourth Players Championship semi-final of the year.

The PDC ProTour double-header at Halle 39 in Hildesheim concludes on Sunday with Players Championship 22, which will see a further £75,000 in prize money on offer.

Coverage from two boards simultaneously will be streamed through video.pdc.tv for all PDCTV-HD worldwide subscribers. Play will commence at 1200 local time (1100 BST).

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