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Nathan Aspinall wins Players Championship 2

Stockport’ Nathan Aspinall has won the second Players Championship event of the season after defeating Wales’ Gerwyn Price in the final.

Aspinall averaged 101.3 in the final against a dangerous opponent in Gerwyn Price with an 8-3 scoreline.

His best performance of the day came in the Quarter-Finals; where he showed himself to be a force to be reckoned with today with a 117.5 average to dispel Peter Wright 6-4. It was revealed as the highest ever combined average in Players Championship history as Snakebite also hit a 113.7 average in defeat.

There was also brilliant wins over Gabriel Clemens 7-0 and Keegan Brown 6-5 (103 average); as well as the impressive Jason Lowe 6-3.

Great run again from Northern Irelands Mickey Mansell who fell 6-0 to Gerwyn Price at the quarter final stage. Great weekend for Dolan and Mansell this weekend.

PC1 & PC2 – Combined Prize Money

£ 11.500 Aspinall
£ 10.000 Anderson G.
£ 7.500 Smith J.
£ 7.000 Price
£ 4.500 Wright

£ 4.000 Dolan
£ 4.000 Lewis A.
£ 4.000 van Duijvenbode
£ 3.750 Mansell
£ 3.750 Smith R.

Quarter-Finals
Gabriel Clemens 6 | 2 Jamie Hughes
Nathan Aspinall 6 | 4 Peter Wright
Ross Smith 4 | 6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 6 | 0 Mickey Mansell

Semi-Finals
Gabriel Clemens 0 | 7 Nathan Aspinall
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4 | 7 Gerwyn Price

Final
Nathan Aspinall 8 | 3 Gerwyn Price

Gary Anderson wins PDC Players Championship 1 today

Gary Anderson claimed victory in the first Players Championship of the year. The Flying Scotsman defeated Canada’s Jeff Smith 8-4 in the final.

Anderson, who threw four 100+ averages in his seven games today, led 2-1 and eventually 3-2, before he claimed three legs in a row to streak ahead 6-2 up. The Silencer Jeff Smith was able to nab two legs back to go 6-4 down but Anderson wrapped the victory 8-4 with a deserved win.

The Flying Scotsman beat Adrian Lewis, Joe Cullen, Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price on his way to the final to claim his 49th PDC ranking title.

Great runs by Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell today. Mansell hit the first 9 dart leg in the Players Championship today in the first round and kicked on to reach the last 16, going down to the evergreen Steve Beaton. Brendan Dolan beat MVG 6-4 in the last 32 and went on to the semi finals going out to finalist Jeff Smith.

Last 16

Brendan Dolan 6 | 5 Ross Smith
Maik Kuivenhoven 6 | 3 Steve Brown
Peter Wright 6 | 3 Conan Whitehead
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Nathan Aspinall
Adrian Lewis 6 | 1 Darren Webster
Steve Beaton 6 | 1 Mickey Mansell
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Rob Cross
Joe Cullen 6 | 1 Nick Kenny

Quarter-Finals

Brendan Dolan 6 | 3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 6 | 3 Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Joe Cullen

Semi-Finals

Jeff Smith 7 | 2 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 7 | 3 Adrian Lewis

Final

Gary Anderson 8 | 4 Jeff Smith

PDC Worlds Rd 1 Preview Dolan vs Kumar

Nitin Kumar returns for a second Ally Pally visit as he takes on Brendan Dolan in the 2020 World Championship today.

Facts and figures

Match time/date: 14:30, December 15

Head-to-head record: First meeting

Previous meeting: N/A

Best major performance this season: Last 32, Players Championship Finals (Dolan); N/A (Kumar)

Previous PDC World Championship appearances: Dolan 11, Kumar 1

Best PDC World Championship performance: Quarter-Finals 2019 (Dolan); Last 96, 2019 (Kumar)

Preview

It’s good to see Nitin Kumar back at the Ally Pally. A year ago, an Indian qualifier was introduced for the World Championship, and Kumar came out on top. Fast-forward a year and the rangy New Delhi-born thrower was at it again, throwing in a 93 average in his semi-final. It seems that the 34-year-old will continue to be the leading light for one of the world’s biggest nations. Hopefully, his turn in the spotlight will amplify darts’ promise in the region.

Last year, he recovered well from a nervy first set to give Jeffrey de Zwaan something to thing about. The second set almost went Kumar’s way but in the end, the talented Dutchman had too much in his arsenal. With that experience behind him, and an extra year of build-up, perhaps we’ll see a new Nitin in London this time around.

As an aside, here’s a line from Nitin Kumar’s Wikipedia entry: “He was named ‘Bauaa’ in 2017 by his friend Deepak Padhan. He likes to sleep so much & had a horny attitude.” Alright then. Cheers, Deepak.

If he’s awake for it, Kumar plays one of last year’s quarter-finalists. Last year, it was almost as if Brendan Dolan’s “History Maker” tag was his own personal albatross. With the Northern Irishman struggling, there was a worry that he’d be consigned to the history books entirely. The World Championship changed all of that.

Yuanjun Liu, Joe Cullen, Mervyn King and Benito van de Pas were all thoroughly Dolanised, before Nathan Aspinall prevailed in the last eight. Since then, the 46-year-old has secured an emotional Players Championship win in Germany, followed up by another floor success in the slightly less glamorous Barnsley. Majors haven’t been as fruitful, yet as a whole Dolan looks full of life and ready to get back to his best. Perhaps the World Championship is the place to do just that.

Should he dispatch Kumar, Gary Anderson lies in wait for Dolan.

Prediction

Brendan Dolan 3-0 Nitin Kumar. It’s likely that Kumar will perform better than last year, and that will mean Dolan has to be at his sharpest. Yet it feels like he will be. Dolan’s 2019 form deserves a good run here. Dolan has had a good floor year winning two pro tour events, and I expect his standard to be better than Kumar – certainly his consistency in scoring. Dolan to win 3-0 here is a nailed on bet in my opinion as I just dont see Kumar winning 3 legs in a set to win a set.

Gurney 5-2 Dolan

Result at the Grand Slam of Darts between the Northern Ireland World Cup pair goes to Daryl Gurney.

Picture from @TayLanningPix

Gurney who after drawing level at 2-2 pulled out a 101 finish to go ahead then followed that up with a 161 for 12 darter after Brendan had left 105 after 9 darts. 4-2 to Gurney and he came back for 52 after Brendan missed 76 on two missed clear darts at double 8. Gurney gladly accepted the gift and put it away with third dart in hand to send Dolan back home to Fermanagh.

Commiserations to Brendan must have thought he had a chance here, but the back to back 100+ checkouts won the game for Gurney.

Well played Daryl Gurney.