Deadly Durrant claims maiden PDC ranking title at Players Championship Four

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 17 Feb 2019
Durrant reacts after clinching victory

Glen Durrant secured his first PDC ranking title at just the fourth attempt as he defeated Dimitri van den Bergh 8-3 in the final to claim glory at Players Championship Four in Wigan.

Durrant, the three-time Lakeside champion who joined by the PDC via Qualifying School last month, went one better than his runner-up spot a week ago by capturing the £10,000 top prize at the Robin Park Sports Centre.

Having made his debut in the Unibet Premier League as a 'Contender' in Glasgow last Thursday, 'Duzza' bounced back from the disappointment of defeat to Daryl Gurney in supreme style, silencing the critics with a series of dominant displays.

"That's as a good as it gets, it's a wonderful feeling," said an emotional Durrant.

"I'm a very proud BDO champion. I've just had the best two weeks and I'm so grateful to the PDC for the opportunity of the Premier League. 

"Since the beginning of December, everything is just going so perfect. People who doubted me in the BDO - now I'm a PDC champion."

Durrant, who suffered a First Round exit on Saturday, began Sunday's march to victory with a 6-3 win over former World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis, before edging past Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 and Joe Cullen 6-3.

He then saw off Mensur Suljovic 6-2 before denying emerging star Bradley Brooks in a deciding leg to reach the Semi-Finals - where he averaged 109.3 in an emphatic 7-3 win over Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price.

The Teessider took the first leg of the final with a 95 checkout on the bullseye and quickly opened up a 3-0 lead before Van den Bergh closed the gap to 4-2.

The duo traded legs again before Durrant finished 76 and took out double 16 for a 12-darter to extend his lead to 7-3.

The 48-year-old then completed a memorable triumph with another 76 finish to continue a remarkable start to 2019.

Van den Bergh was denied his first senior PDC title, and the back-to-back World Youth Champion admitted: "When it comes to the stage, they all fear me, but when it comes to the floor tournaments, they're thinking 'Dimi is not really a great player'.

"I was very happy with the way I played this weekend.

"I wanted to win but it didn't happen in the final and well done to Duzza.

"I love the man and I look up to the man, in the same way I look up to Gerwyn Price."

Belgian ace Van den Bergh had averaged 100 in a 7-5 scalp of 2018 World Champion Rob Cross to book his place in the final.

Elsewhere, 18-year-old Brooks defeated the likes of Max Hopp and Adrian Lewis en route to the Quarter-Finals, while Saturday's champion Michael van Gerwen was thrashed 6-1 by Nathan Aspinall in the Last 16, with the Stockport star averaging 101.8.

Players Championship Four Results

Sunday February 17

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

Second Round
van Gerwen, Michael 6-3 Van der Meer, Vincent
van der Voort, Vincent 6-4 Brown, Keegan
Aspinall, Nathan 6-2 Shepherd, Kirk
Wattimena, Jermaine 6-3 van Duijvenbode, Dirk
Smith, Michael 6-1 Robbe, Mario
Derry, Nathan 6-5 Mansell, Mickey
Price, Gerwyn 6-3 Richardson, James
Beaton, Steve 6-4 Bates, Barrie
Lewis, Adrian 6-4 Webster, Mark
Worsley, Jonathan 6-4 Henderson, John
Brooks, Bradley 6-4 Hopp, Max
Kamphuis, Vincent 6-1 Noppert, Danny
Suljovic, Mensur 6-4 Evetts, Ted
Thornton, Robert 6-5 Monk, Arron
Cullen, Joe 6-1 van de Pas, Benito
Durrant, Glen 6-5 Edhouse, Ritchie
Woodhouse, Luke 6-4 White, Ian
Anderson, Kyle 6-2 Murnan, Joe
Labanauskas, Darius 6-5 Zonneveld, Niels
McGeeney, Mark 6-3 Kist, Christian
Cross, Rob 6-2 Owen, Robert
Tabern, Alan 6-2 De Zwaan, Jeffrey
Clayton, Jonny 6-3 Huybrechts, Ronny
Hunt, Adam 6-3 Humphries, Luke
Wade, James 6-4 Boulton, Andy
Van den Bergh, Dimitri 6-3 Alcinas, Toni
Meeuwisse, Yordi 6-5 Hughes, Jamie
Burton, Stephen 6-0 Norris, Alan
Baker, Scott 6-1 Ward, Harry
Gray, Adrian 6-5 Payne, Josh
Chisnall, Dave 6-5 Smith, Ross
Edgar, Matthew 6-4 West, Steve
Losers: £500

Last 32
van Gerwen, Michael 6-1 van der Voort, Vincent
Aspinall, Nathan 6-5 Wattimena, Jermaine
Smith, Michael 6-0 Derry, Nathan
Price, Gerwyn 6-5 Beaton, Steve
Lewis, Adrian 6-5 Worsley, Jonathan
Brooks, Bradley 6-5 Kamphuis, Vincent
Suljovic, Mensur 6-2 Thornton, Robert
Durrant, Glen 6-3 Cullen, Joe
Anderson, Kyle 6-0 Woodhouse, Luke
McGeeney, Mark 6-0 Labanauskas, Darius
Cross, Rob 6-1 Tabern, Alan
Clayton, Jonny 6-5 Hunt, Adam
Van den Bergh, Dimitri 6-4 Wade, James
Burton, Stephen 6-5 Meeuwisse, Yordi
Gray, Adrian 6-5 Baker, Scott
Edgar, Matthew 6-5 Chisnall, Dave
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael Smith
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Glen Durrant 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Kyle Anderson 6-3 Mark McGeeney
Rob Cross 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Stephen Burton
Matthew Edgar 6-0 Adrian Gray
Losers: £1,500

Gerwyn Price 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Glen Durrant 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Rob Cross 6-2 Kyle Anderson
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Losers: £2,250

Glen Durrant 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Dimitri Van den Bergh 7-5 Rob Cross
Losers: £3,000

Glen Durrant 8-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

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