Sensational Searle Seals Super Series Win

ProTour

Aug 03 2021

The PDC Super Series 6 action continues on Tuesday with Players Championship 22 in Barnsley.

Players Championships 21-23 entries confirmed

ProTour

Jul 31 2021

Player entries have been confirmed for Players Championship events 21-23 (PDC Super Series 6).

Calendar update: Third Players Championship added in August

ProTour

Jul 24 2021

A number of amendments have been made to the PDC calendar, including the inclusion of a third Players Championship in August.

Tour Card Holder Qualifiers confirmed for European Tour Events 1-3

European Tour

Jul 09 2021

Friday saw a treble-header of Tour Card Holder Qualifiers for the year's first three European Tour events take place.

Brilliant Wright denies Van Gerwen to claim PC20 title

ProTour

Jul 08 2021

Peter Wright produced an outstanding display to win a third Players Championship of 2021 to end PDC Super Series 5.

Ross Smith ends Dolan hoodoo to claim maiden title at PC19

ProTour

Jul 07 2021

Ross Smith claimed his maiden PDC ranking title at Players Championship 19 in Coventry on Wednesday.

Gutsy Dobey claims maiden ranking title at PC18

ProTour

Jul 06 2021

Chris Dobey claimed the first ranking title of his career in dramatic fashion to edge out Jose de Sousa in the PC18 final.

Bunting ends five-year title wait at Players Championship 17

ProTour

Jul 05 2021

Stephen Bunting ended his five-year PDC title drought at Players Championship 17.

Ten further Players Championship dates confirmed

ProTour

Jul 05 2021

Dates for a further ten Players Championship events have been confirmed for the second half of 2021.

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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