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.

Brendan Dolan won his first ranking title for almost five years by defeating Jermaine Wattimena 8-5 in the Players Championship 22 final.

The Northern Irish ace has slipped out of the world's top 32 in recent years, having previously reached the 2011 World Grand Prix final before winning five ranking events in 2013 and 2014.

A run to the World Championship quarter-finals in December had been a much-needed boost for Dolan, and he came through the 128-player field in Hildesheim to take the £10,000 Players Championship top prize.

He opened his day with a 100 average in edging past Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5, and after seeing off Alan Norris and Chris Dobey, Dolan then averaged almost 107 to defeat Dave Chisnall 6-5.

Dolan repeated that scoreline in a quarter-final win over Glen Durrant, and averaged over 100 again in a 7-3 semi-final win over Cody Harris.

The opening stages of the final proved tight as Dolan and Wattimena shared the opening four legs, before a 13-darter saw the Northern Irishman break in leg five.

Wattimena finished 86 to break back and level, but a superb 11-darter from Dolan sparked a run of four straight legs as he moved one away from victory at 7-3.

Wattimena landed 180s in the next two as legs of 13 and 14 darts saw the Dutchman battle back, but Dolan finished 108 to emotionally secure the title.

A tearful Dolan admitted: "I just can't believe it. It's brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

"I've worked so hard and I haven't got results out of it. Yesterday, the way I played was unbelievably bad and I sent my wife a text. She told me to wise up.

"I used to always say that if I get past the first round then I'm dangerous. I've tried really hard this last 18 months and not got the results, but I've performed really well.

"I think I've got the luck on the day today and it's just great to get a win."

Dolan's last title came in Dublin in October 2014, and he added: "To be honest, I can't remember five years ago! I really couldn't remember how to win and today it was about saving face.

"This game's all about pressure, mental pressure. I pressurise myself all the time, and my wife told took all the pressure off me and told me just to play darts."

Wattimena's run on the day saw him reach a second Players Championship final of the year, but the World Cup representative was again left waiting for his first ranking title.

He overcame fellow countrymen Christian Kist and Jelle Klaasen in his opening two games, before seeing off Ryan Joyce and Gabriel Clemens.

Wattimena then missed double 12 for a nine-darter during his 6-2 quarter-final win over Steve Beaton, before coming from 4-0 down to win his semi-final 7-6 against Mensur Suljovic - claiming a first career victory over the Austrian.

Suljovic had won through to his first Players Championship semi-final for nearly two years, while New Zealand's Harris was appearing in the last four on the ProTour for the first time.

Harris recently won his second Challenge Tour title, and warmed up for his appearance in the forthcoming NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB, with five wins on Sunday, including a 6-4 quarter-final defeat of Saturday's winner, Krzysztof Ratajski.

Ratajski, Beaton and Durrant were joined in the quarter-finals by top seed Ian White, while 2019 Players Championship winners Chisnall and Harry Ward reached the last 16 alongside World Matchplay finalist Michael Smith and German Darts Masters runner-up Gabriel Clemens.

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