Clinical Clayton claims Players Championship Ten title

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 7 Apr 2019
Welsh ace Clayton celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Jonny Clayton secured his third PDC ranking title at Players Championship Ten with an 8-4 victory over Gabriel Clemens in the final in Barnsley on Sunday.

The Welsh ace, who took glory in last year's Austrian Open, opened his title tally for 2019 with an impressive triumph at the Barnsley Metrodome.
Clayton had to survive a match dart in his 6-5 first round win over Northern Irish youngster Nathan Rafferty, before a more comfortable 6-2 success over Zoran Lerchbacher saw him reach the Last 32.
There, he averaged 103 in edging past Vincent van der Voort in a decider and posted another ton-plus average in his 6-2 victory over Finland's Marko Kantele.

Clayton then came through a third deciding leg of the day against Jermaine Wattimena in the Quarter-Finals, before an impressive 7-2 win over Ian White saw him reach the final.
The Ferret saved his best performance of the day for the final game of the weekend, averaging 103.3 in his first final of the year to secure the £10,000 top prize.
"I'm enjoying playing against the best players in the world, and hopefully I can win a few more titles this year," said Clayton.
"I had a dodgy start today, I got through a tough game with Nathan Rafferty who played really well and from there I started to relax.
"I'm chuffed to have won that final because Gabriel is a very good player and it won't be long before he's in the top 32 or top 16 of the world."
The final began with Clemens missing the bull for a 170 checkout attempt and Clayton took out 116 to punish before breaking throw to double his lead.
Clemens, however, found his feet and clawed his way into contention at just 4-3 behind before Clayton found double one to regain a two-leg advantage.
Clemens picked out double 16 with his last dart in hand for a third straight break of throw, only for Clayton to land a hammer blow with a 136 checkout for a 6-4 lead.
From there, Clayton was clinical on the doubles, quickly wrapping up the final two legs of the contest to secure the title.
Clemens was appearing in his third PDC final in the space of 12 months, having won his PDC Tour Card in January 2018.
The emerging German talent took the scalps of Joe Cullen, Jan Dekker and Mervyn King on his way to the final and is now up to 56th on the PDC Order of Merit, having started the year in 62nd position.

Poland's Tytus Kanik enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of a PDC event for the first time, while Spain's Jose Justicia reached his first Players Championship quarter-final and Arron Monk reached the last eight of a ProTour event for the first time in almost seven years.
Sunday once again saw 128 players in action, with departing Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld exiting at the second hurdle, while returning Australian Corey Cadby fell at the first hurdle.
Adrian Lewis and Glen Durrant reached the Last 32, but it was a less successful day for Peter Wright, Michael Smith, Mensur Suljovic and Saturday's Players Championship Nine winner James Wade, who all exited before the last 32.

Players Championship Ten 2019 Results

Sunday April 7

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

Second Round
White, Ian 6-1 Derry, Nathan
Durrant, Glen 6-1 Boulton, Andy
Pipe, Justin 6-3 Noppert, Danny
Edgar, Matthew 6-4 Thornton, Robert
Chisnall, Dave 6-3 Worsley, Jonathan
Henderson, John 6-2 Smith, Ross
De Sousa, Jose 6-5 Smith, Michael
Monk, Arron 6-5 Anderson, Kyle
Clayton, Jonny 6-2 Lerchbacher, Zoran
Van der Voort, Vincent 6-3 Webster, Mark
Kantele, Marko 6-4 Tabern, Alan
Van Duivenbode, Mike 6-3 Ratajski, Krzysztof
McGeeney, Mark 6-1 Kist, Christian
Robbe, Mario 6-5 Mansell, Mickey
Wattimena, Jermaine 6-3 Prins, Dave
Wilson, James 6-4 Harrington, Ryan
Lewis, Adrian 6-3 Klaasen, Jelle
Brown, Keegan 6-3 Humphries, Luke
King, Mervyn 6-4 Evetts, Ted
Beaton, Steve 6-1 Dobey, Chris
Cullen, Joe 6-5 Joyce, Ryan
Clemens , Gabriel 6-1 Michael, John
Murnan, Joe 6-3 Clark, Matt
Dekker, Jan 6-1 Payne, Josh
Searle, Ryan 6-3 Huybrechts, Ronny
Jones, Wayne 6-5 Razma, Madars
Kanik, Tytus 6-4 Bunse, Christian
Lennon, Steve 6-3 Meulenkamp, Ron
Justicia, Jose 6-0 Rodriguez, Rowby-John
North, Richard 6-3 De Zwaan, Jeffrey
Whitlock, Simon 6-4 Van de Pas, Benito
Woodhouse, Luke 6-3 Van Barneveld, Raymond
Losers: £500

Last 32
White, Ian 6-4 Durrant, Glen
Pipe, Justin 6-3 Edgar, Matthew
Henderson, John 6-1 Chisnall, Dave
Monk, Arron 6-3 De Sousa, Jose
Clayton, Jonny 6-5 Van der Voort, Vincent
Kantele, Mark 6-5 Van Duivenbode, Mike
Robbe, Mario 6-5 McGeeney, Mark
Wattimena, Jermaine 6-2 Wilson, James
Brown, Keegan 6-2 Lewis, Adrian
King, Mervyn 6-2 Beaton, Steve
Clemens , Gabriel 6-5 Cullen, Joe
Dekker, Jan 6-3 Murnan, Joe
Jones, Wayne 6-1 Searle, Ryan
Kanik, Tytus 6-3 Lennon, Steve
Justicia, Jose 6-2 North, Richard
Woodhouse, Luke 6-3 Whitlock, Simon
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Ian White 6-5 Justin Pipe
Arron Monk 6-5 John Henderson
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Marko Kantele
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Mario Robbe
Mervyn King 6-3 Keegan Brown
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Jan Dekker
Tytus Kanik 6-5 Wayne Jones
Jose Justicia 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Losers: £1,500

Ian White 6-5 Arron Monk
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Mervyn King
Tytus Kanik 6-5 Jose Justicia
Losers: £2,250

Jonny Clayton 7-2 Ian White
Gabriel Clemens 7-3 Tytus Kanik
Losers: £3,000

Jonny Clayton 8-4 Gabriel Clemens
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

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