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PDC Order of Merit following the Autumn Series: Heta and De Sousa among big movers

Prolific Price completes PDC Autumn Series double

Jamie Shaw in PDC Autumn Series 16 Sep 2020
Price completes a double in the bubble (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gerwyn Price picked up a second successive Players Championship title at the PDC Autumn Series courtesy of an 8-5 victory over Krzysztof Ratajski in the final on Wednesday.

Price had reigned supreme in Niedernhausen on Tuesday, coming from 7-4 down to deny Devon Petersen in a last-leg decider, but enjoyed a much more comfortable passage to glory 24 hours later.

The world number three averaged 104 across six victories in a highly impressive day which ensures his place at the top of the final Autumn Series Order of Merit.

“Winning yesterday put me at ease today,” said Price. “There was less pressure, I was already happy with my week’s work.

“With the pressure off it shows the kind of game I can play. I played brilliant all day. The final was my worst game but I got over the line.

“I’m in a good place right now. I believe that my ‘A-game’ is better than anybody else’s.

“I’m going into the World Series Finals with confidence and I’m looking forward to playing in front of a crowd again.”

The first of five consecutive ton-plus averages saw price defeat Vincent van der Voort 6-4 with a 106.3 average before twice averaging 103 in overcoming Madars Razma and Chris Dobey 6-3 and 6-2 respectively.

The Welsh star then edged out James Wade in a last-leg decider with a blistering 107.2 average before seeing off Portugal’s Jose De Sosua 7-3 in the Semi-Finals with a 104.5 average.

The early stages of the final saw both players struggle to hold their throw, with Price taking out 117 to establish a 2-0 lead.

Ratajski finished 84 for an 11-darter to trail 3-2, and after Price had responded with an 85 checkout, the Polish ace produced a stunning 132 checkout on the bullseye to peg back to 4-3 behind.

The next two legs were shared, before Price punished a series of missed doubles from Ratajski to make it 6-4 and extended his lead by virtue of a 74 checkout in leg 11.

Ratajski landed a 13-darter to stay alive, but Price wasted no time in sealing the deal on double ten in the following leg.

Ratajski’s run to the final began with a 6-2 victory over compatriot Krzysztof Kciuk with a 103.2 average before wins over Adrian Gray, Peter Jacques, Dimitri van den Bergh, a 6-0 whitewash of Simon Whitlock and a 7-4 success over Brendan Dolan.

Damon Heta, who claimed the second Autumn Series title, hung on to fourth place in the Autumn Series Order of Merit to clinch a place in November’s Grand Slam.

Devon Petersen, Tuesday’s runner-up, produced a sensational nine-dart finish in Round Two against Dimitri van den Bergh, but it was not enough to prevent a 6-2 defeat.

De Sousa enjoyed a fine run to the Semi-Finals, defeating world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-3 along the way.

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PDC Autumn Series 2020 Day Five Results

Wednesday September 16

First Round
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Derk Telnekes
Madars Razma 6-3 William Borland
Geert Nentjes (BYE) v Jamie Lewis
Rob Cross 6-3 Ryan Hogarth
Reece Robinson 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Mike De Decker 6-5 Joe Cullen
Chris Dobey 6-1 Steve Brown
James Wade 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Boris Krcmar 6-4 Joe Murnan
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Steffen Siepmann
Adam Hunt 6-4 Scott Taylor
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Justin Pipe
Jason Lowe 6-2 Richard North
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Kai Fan Leung
Mickey Mansell 6-2 Vincent Van der Meer
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Carl Wilkinson 6-4 Jesus Noguera
Scott Waites 6-2 Ross Smith
Callan Rydz 6-3 Ricky Evans
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Marko Kantele
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Aaron Beeney
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Conan Whitehead
Steve Beaton 6-5 Gavin Carlin
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Barrie Bates
Brian Raman 6-4 Jan Dekker
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Jitse Van der Wal
John Henderson 6-2 Graham Usher
Max Hopp 6-5 Michael Smith
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Justin Hood 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp
Peter Wright 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-1 Ted Evetts
Steve West 6-4 Damon Heta
Scott Baker 6-2 Robert Collins
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Darren Webster
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Daniel Larsson
Ryan Murray 6-4 Ryan Searle
Scott Mitchell 6-2 Nathan Derry
Matt Clark 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Josh Payne 6-2 Christian Bunse
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Darius Labanauskas
Keegan Brown 6-2 Adrian Lewis
Danny Noppert 6-4 Robert Thornton
Andy Boulton 6-2 Nick Kenny
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Jeff Smith
Luke Humphries 6-4 Martin Schindler
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Adrian Gray 6-5 Alan Tabern
Harald Leitinger 6-2 Mervyn King
Peter Jacques 6-5 William O’Connor
Dave Chisnall 6-2 James Wilson
Niels Zonneveld 6-1 David Pallett
Devon Petersen 6-1 Steve Lennon
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 John Michael
Ian White 6-5 Arjan Konterman
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Bradley Brooks 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Glen Durrant 6-2 Wayne Jones
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Maikel Verberk
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Gary Blades
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Harry Ward

Second Round
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Madars Razma 6-3 Geert Nentjes
Rob Cross 6-2 Reece Robinson
Chris Dobey 6-1 Mike De Decker
James Wade 6-4 Boris Krcmar
Adam Hunt 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Jason Lowe
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Carl Wilkinson 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Callan Rydz 6-4 Scott Waites
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Steve Beaton
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Brian Raman
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 John Henderson
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Max Hopp
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Justin Hood
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Peter Wright
Scott Baker 6-4 Steve West
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Ryan Murray
Matt Clark 6-4 Josh Payne
Keegan Brown 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Danny Noppert 6-5 Andy Boulton
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Adrian Gray
Peter Jacques 6-5 Harald Leitinger
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Devon Petersen – *Petersen hits a nine-darter*
Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Ian White
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Glen Durrant 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Losers: £500

Last 32
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Madars Razma
Chris Dobey 6-4 Rob Cross
James Wade 6-3 Adam Hunt
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Callan Rydz 6-3 Carl Wilkinson
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Scott Baker 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Matt Clark 6-3 Keegan Brown
Danny Noppert 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Peter Jacques
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Glen Durrant
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Chris Dobey
James Wade 6-4 Jamie Hughes
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Callan Rydz
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Scott Baker
Matt Clark 6-4 Danny Noppert
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Bradley Brooks
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 6-5 James Wade
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Matt Clark
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Simon Whitlock
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Jose De Sousa
Krzysztof Ratajski 7-4 Brendan Dolan
Losers: £3,000

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000