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.

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

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

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


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


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


Gary Anderson 8 | 4 Jeff Smith

PDC Worlds Rd 1 Preview Mansell vs Asada

Mickey Mansell will take on Japan’s Seigo Asada in the second match today, as the PDC World Championship on Sky Sports continues…

Facts and figures

Match time/date: 1:30pm, December 18th

Head-to-head record: No previous meetings

PDC Worlds Appearances: Mansell (5 times), Asada (3 times)



  • Mickey Mansell is appearing at the PDC World Championship for the fifth time and is still searching for his first win on the Alexandra Palace stage.
  • The Northern Irishman bowed out in disappointing fashion against Jim Long in round one last year with an average of 74.45. The set he did win against Long is the only one he has managed to win at a World Championship tournament.
  • Mansell won a ranking tournament in 2018 but his form in 2019 has not been good with only one quarter-final appearance. He only just scraped into this tournament in last place of the cut-off for the ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers.


  • Seigo Asada is making his third PDC World Championship appearance, he also competed at the Lakeside in the BDO World Championship on three occasions.
  • Last year he defeated Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in round one before losing in a tense tie-breaker against James Wade in the second round. At the 2017/18 PDC World Championship he lost to the eventual winner Rob Cross.
  • Asada plays on the PDC Asian Tour circuit where he has won multiple tournaments over the last couple of years. He has represented Japan in the last two years at the World Cup of Darts where they reached the quarter-finals in 2018 and semi-finals earlier this year.


Northern Ireland’s Mickey Mansell doesnt have a great record at Ally Pally and this time he has quite a stiff opponent in Round One with Japanese star Seigo Asada.

Asada will fancy his chances in this one being that he has had quite a good year on the Asian Tour and reached the semi final at the PDC World Cup.

The Japanese player is a very capable performer and seems to be improving all the time. He should carry lots of confidence from success on the Asian Tour and he will provide a difficult task for Mickey. I expect the crowd to be on Asada’s side here too.

If the Mickey Mansell I know appears then it will be close, but going on form it’s hard not to look past Asada. Mansell has done well in the last year locally, but it’s a step up competing at Ally Pally. This could go either way – and I expect a 3-1 either way – whomever takes the first set and settles quickest. The only bet I can go with here is Mansell with most 180’s.

PDC World Championship Day 6 Preview

The darts continues at the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.

Wednesday December 18

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Ron Meulenkamp vs Ben Robb

Ron The Bomb Meulenkamp should win this game on his experience alone. 3-1 to Meulenkamp.

Mickey Mansell vs Seigo Asada

We have previewed this game already – the Clonoe Cyclone if he wins the first set should settle in, but if Asada does, I can see Asada winning this game. His form is much better and he has won a ton of games over on the Asian Tour this year. Mansell will hit the most 180s.

Harry Ward vs Madars Razma

An even game, even though Harry Ward won a Pro Tour early in 2019, he hasnt done much since then. Madars Razma is someone who is dangerous as he can play great or not – who know’s on this one – flip a coin.

Stephen Bunting vs Monk/Justicia

The Bullet Stephen Bunting has been honing his craft in 2019 and steadily his games have been getting better and better. Stephen knows how to win set play and I expect him to beat either of his opponents 3-1.

Evening Session (7pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

James Wilson vs Nico Kurz

I do hope former BDO number 1 gets a win here – but he has had some injury problems in 2019 and not had a great year – nothing to suggest he will do any better here – so I will go with Nico to upset the bookies odds. 3-2.

Josh Payne vs Diogo Portela

Josh Payne all day here. Diogo has been on the BDO tour this year and not won anything, so I dont expect him to up to Josh’s level. Josh to win 3-0.

Gabriel Clemens vs Benito van de Pas

Gabriel Clemens to win quite convincingly here 3-0. Benito has slipped down the rankings and I dont expect he will ever get as high as he did.

James Wade vs Edhouse/Koltsov

An enigma James certainly is, but he rarely keeps losing. Wade hasnt done well in the Worlds previously and seems to always peak too early in the year in other competitions but I expect him to win against either Edhouse or Koltsov – whoever comes through that game. 3-0 to James,