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Players Championship 2020 Event Five Draw: The First Round line-up for Saturday’s ProTour event in Wigan

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Power-scoring Wright romps to Players Championship Five title

Jamie Shaw in Players Championship 22 Feb 2020
Wright claims his third title of 2020 (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Peter Wright landed six ton-plus averages on his way to claiming the Players Championship Five title with a stunning victory over Gerwyn Price in the final.

The reigning World and Masters Champion produced a scintillating set of displays to claim his third title of 2020, culminating in a 170 checkout to clinch victory over his fellow Premier League star.

The world number two came within the width of the wire of breaking his own streamed record average in Round Two but was forced to settle for a sensational 120.5.

“It’s just the start,” said Wright. “I’m enjoying these darts and we’ve got something in the pipeline to improve them further.

“Who knows what I can win this year? I just take it a leg at a time and that’s all you can do.

“As World Champion, I’ve always got a target on my back but I feel like I’m giving some of the other players the belief that they too can win anything.”

Wright kick-started his run with a 106 average in defeating Darren Webster 6-2 before producing an astonishing display to whitewash Adrian Gray with a 120.5 average, falling narrowly short of a new world record.

He then averaged 106.6 in thrashing former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell 6-1 before seeing off Ryan Joyce 6-3 with a 103.5 average.

Wright’s only sub-100 average of the day came against three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant but he nonetheless stormed his way into the Semi-Finals with a 6-1 thrashing.

Snakebite then ended the resurgent run of Devon Petersen with a 7-5 success and a 105 average to boot.

The Scottish World Cup winner began the final with a 98 checkout and added a 76 finish to move 2-1 up before Price took out 101 for parity.

Twelve consecutive holds of throw saw the pair locked level at six apiece before Wright landed double nine to edge ahead and sealed victory in magnificent fashion with a 170 checkout.

Price was forced to settle for the runner-up spot for the second time on the ProTour this season, defeating the likes of Kirk Shepherd, Damon Heta, Jamie Lewis and Steve Lennon en route to the final.

Lennon had earlier landed a nine-dart finish in a 6-1 rout of Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung with a 110.6 average but was left to rue four missed match darts against Price in the Semi-Finals.

Germany’s Christian Bunse defied a 103 average to knock out world number one Michael van Gerwen in the Last 32 before bowing out to Rob Cross in the next round.

Having suffered four consecutive First Round defeats, South African star Petersen enjoyed a superb run to the Semi-Finals which included a 111.8 average along the way.


Players Championship Five 2020 Results

Saturday February 22

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

Second Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Andy Hamilton
Christian Bunse 6-5 Adam Hunt
Rob Cross 6-0 Joe Murnan
Luke Humphries 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Gavin Carlin
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 James Wade
Devon Petersen 6-0 Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright 6-0 Adrian Gray
Scott Mitchell 6-3 John Henderson
Gary Anderson 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Jose De Sousa
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Vincent Van der Meer
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Harald Leitinger
Glen Durrant 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Keegan Brown 6-3 Steve Brown
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Ian White
Jason Lowe 6-3 Mervyn King
Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Conan Whitehead
Steve Lennon 6-1 Scott Baker
Darren Penhall 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Boris Krcmar
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Mike De Decker 6-4 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Damon Heta 6-3 Justin Pipe
Toni Alcinas 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Jeff Smith
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Brendan Dolan 6-2 William Borland
William O’Connor 6-0 Joe Cullen
Jitse Van der Wal 6-4 Robert Collins
Losers: £500

Last 32
Christian Bunse 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 6-4 Luke Humphries
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Devon Petersen 6-3 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright 6-1 Scott Mitchell
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Gary Anderson
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Glen Durrant 6-2 Keegan Brown
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Jason Lowe
Steve Lennon 6-1 Kai Fan Leung – *Lennon hits a nine-darter*
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Darren Penhall
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Mike De Decker
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Damon Heta
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Geert Nentjes
William O’Connor 6-1 Jitse Van der Wal
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Rob Cross 6-4 Christian Bunse
Devon Petersen 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Peter Wright 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Glen Durrant 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Steve Lennon 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jamie Lewis
William O’Connor 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Losers: £1,500

Devon Petersen 6-5 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-1 Glen Durrant
Steve Lennon 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price 6-2 William O’Connor
Losers: £2,250

Peter Wright 7-5 Devon Petersen
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Steve Lennon
Losers: £3,000

Peter Wright 8-6 Gerwyn Price
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000