Wright continues winning run at Players Championship 19

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 16 Jul 2019
Scottish star Wright celebrates (credit:Lucas Peltier/PDC)

Peter Wright claimed his second title in the space of four days at Players Championship 19 courtesy of an 8-5 victory over Justin Pipe in the final.

Fresh from his triumph at German Darts Masters in Cologne on Saturday, Wright picked up where he left off with a string of impressive displays at the Barnsley Metrodome.

The world number six posted four ton-plus averages on the way to clinching the £10,000 title - his first ranking singles success of the season.

"I'm still not back to my 2017 level yet, nowhere near in fact, but I'm going to keep working to get back there and this is proof of that," said Wright.

"I changed darts from the weekend so that I could be more consistent and most of the day I played well to beat some fantastic players.

"It's also good to see Justin reach the final, he's been working very hard to get his game back. He let me off early on and I capitalised."

Wright began his route to glory with a 6-4 win over former Lakeside finalist Mark McGeeney in Round One, before overcoming Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts by the same scoreline.

He then powered past Dimitri van den Begrh 6-1 with a stunning 113 average to reach the Last 16, where he recovered from 4-0 down to deny Glen Durrant in a last-leg decider.

Wright swept aside Vincent van der Voort 6-1 in the Quarter-Finals before defeating his World Cup winning team-mate Gary Anderson 7-3 in the Last Four with a 99.8 average.

The final saw Wright get off to a perfect start, landing with a 180 en route to a crucial break of throw, before the next seven legs all went with throw in a tight contest.

With Wright 5-3 in front, Pipe missed two darts at double, and Wright punished by taking out 65 in two darts for a double-break.

A 121 checkout on the bull saw Wright go within a leg of victory, but Pipe showed resilience to break throw to keep the tie alive at 7-5, only for Wright to find the match-winning double 12.

Despite defeat in the final, the day was a significant one for six-time ranking event winner Pipe who made it to his first ranking final in over four years with wins over Gerwyn Price and Mensur Suljovic on the way.

Tuesday also saw Kyle Anderson hit a nine-dart finish live on one of the PDC streaming boards in the opening leg of his first round game with Steve Lennon.

Elsewhere, Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp continued his progress by reaching his third ProTour Semi-Final of 2019, while there were shock early exits for the likes of Ian White, Michael Smith, Krzysztof Ratajski and Adrian Lewis.


Players Championship 19 Results


Tuesday July 16

First Round
Luke Humphries 6-4 Ian White
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 David Pallett
Ross Smith 6-3 Jose De Sousa
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Joe Cullen 6-2 Alan Norris
Geert Nentjes 6-2 Ted Evetts
Matthew Edgar 6-3 Steve Beaton
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Eddie Dootson
Devon Petersen 6-2 Vincent Van der Meer
Christian Kist 6-4 Mervyn King
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Alan Tabern
Mark Webster 6-2 Ricky Evans
Gary Anderson 6-5 Marko Kantele
Max Hopp 6-2 Darren Beveridge
Reece Robinson 6-5 Jan Dekker
Peter Wright 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Conan Whitehead
Darren Webster 6-5 Jose Justicia
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Glen Durrant 6-2 Callan Rydz
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Simon Stevenson
Dave Prins 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Barrie Bates 6-2 Zoran Lerchbacher
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Joe Murnan
Ryan Harrington 6-3 Vincent Kamphuis
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Arron Monk
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Gary Eastwood
Toni Alcinas 6-5 Michael Smith
Carl Wilkinson 6-2 Michael Barnard
Josh Payne 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-4 Shaun Carroll
Justin Pipe 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Mark Dudbridge 6-5 Tytus Kanik
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Steve Lennon - *Anderson hits a nine-darter*
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Adam Hunt
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Wayne Jones
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Boris Koltsov
Stephen Burton 6-5 Stephen Bunting
James Richardson 6-3 Scott Baker
Adrian Gray 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Tony Newell 6-5 Mario Robbe
John Henderson 6-5 Christian Bunse
Mark Wilson 6-1 Robert Thornton
Rob Cross 6-4 Jamie Lewis
Ryan Joyce 6-3 George Killington
Cristo Reyes 6-4 Danny Noppert
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Kevin Burness
Andy Boulton 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Steve West 6-3 Terry Temple
Keegan Brown 6-3 Jamie Bain
Jelle Klaasen 6-0 Madars Razma
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Jonny Clayton
William O'Connor 6-2 Peter Hudson
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Chris Dobey
Ryan Searle 6-1 Nathan Derry
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Ronny Huybrechts
Davy Van Baelen 6-1 Richard North
Harry Ward 6-5 James Wilson
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Jonathan Worsley
Martin Schindler 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Matt Clark 6-2 Mike van Duivenbode
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Gavin Carlin
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Second Round
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Luke Humphries
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Ross Smith
Joe Cullen 6-5 Geert Nentjes
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Devon Petersen 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Christian Kist 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Gary Anderson 6-3 Mark Webster
Reece Robinson 6-5 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Darren Webster
Glen Durrant 6-0 Kirk Shepherd
Barrie Bates 6-4 Dave Prins
Ryan Harrington 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Toni Alcinas 6-3 Carl Wilkinson
Josh Payne 6-3 Yordi Meeuwisse
Justin Pipe 6-3 Mark Dudbridge
Kyle Anderson 6-3 Bradley Brooks
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Stephen Burton 6-2 James Richardson
Adrian Gray 6-3 Tony Newell
Mark Wilson 6-3 John Henderson
Ryan Joyce 6-1 Rob Cross
Cristo Reyes 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Andy Boulton 6-4 Steve West
Keegan Brown 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Mickey Mansell 6-2 William O'Connor
Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 Ryan Searle
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Davy Van Baelen
Harry Ward 6-1 Andrew Gilding
Martin Schindler 6-3 Matt Clark
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Ryan Meikle
Losers: £500

Last 32
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Benito van de Pas
Joe Cullen 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Christian Kis 6-5 Devon Petersen
Gary Anderson 6-3 Reece Robinson
Peter Wright 6-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Glen Durrant 6-3 Barrie Bates
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Ryan Harrington
Josh Payne 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Justin Pipe 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Stephen Burton
Mark Wilson 6-0 Adrian Gray
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Cristo Reyes
Keegan Brown 6-5 Andy Boulton
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Harry Ward 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Martin Schindler 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Joe Cullen
Gary Anderson 6-2 Christian Kist
Peter Wright 6-5 Glen Durrant
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Josh Payne
Justin Pipe 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Mark Wilson
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Keegan Brown
Harry Ward 6-1 Martin Schindler
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Peter Wright 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Justin Pipe 6-2 Ryan Joyce
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Harry Ward
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 7-3 Gary Anderson
Justin Pipe 7-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Losers: £3,000

Final
Peter Wright 8-5 Justin Pipe
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000


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