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Players Championship 2022 Event 17 | Draw and Live Scores

Scott Williams secures maiden PDC ranking title at Players Championship 17

Jamie Shaw in Players Championship 15 Jun 2022
Scott Williams celebrates (Photo by Kais Bodensieck/PDC)

Scott Williams enjoyed the biggest success of his career to date as he claimed the Players Championship 17 title in Niedernhausen on Wednesday.

Williams, a three-time Challenge Tour event winner, became only the third player in PDC history to win a ProTour title without holding a Tour Card.

The 32-year-old produced a series of superb displays to scoop the £12,000 title and move into the provisional qualification places for the World Championship and Players Championship Finals, while also moving into contention for the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix.

The current Challenge Tour Order of Merit leader defeated four TV title winners en route to glory, culminating in an 8-5 victory over Nathan Aspinall in the final.

Williams punished a sluggish start from Aspinall to establish an early 2-0 lead, but a 13-darter sparked a sequence of three straight legs for the Stockport star.

However, a brilliant 12-dart break from Williams in leg nine shifted the pendulum, with Aspinall squandering five darts at double to restore parity moments later.

Williams gifted Aspinall a temporary reprieve by frittering away three match darts for an 8-4 victory, but he made amends in fine style, following up two 180s with a 14-darter to seal the deal.

“I’m so pleased, I cannot believe it,” said Williams. “I’m beating players that people see in big TV events every week. That is an unbelievable feeling.

“My main target was to get into the World Championship. I’m also looking good for the Players Championship Finals now. I’m so happy. I want people to see me and know who I am.”

Williams’ remarkable run began with victories over Gary Blades and Danny Baggish, and a stunning 11-dart leg saw him clinch a 6-5 win over Jonny Clayton in the Last 32, after the Welshman had posted averages of 111 and 108 in his opening two games.

After accounting for reigning World Cup champion John Henderson, Williams then overcame European Champion Rob Cross 6-4 in the Quarter-Finals, before reeling off five straight legs to topple two-time Pro Tour winner Chris Dobey 7-4 in the Semi-Finals.

Aspinall, meanwhile, came through two last-leg deciders to open his campaign, rallying from 5-3 down to edge out Darius Labanauskas, before taking out a spectacular 170 finish in victory over Maik Kuivenhoven.

The 30-year-old then breezed past Rowby-John Rodriguez with a 104 average, before producing another stirring fightback to overhaul a 5-2 deficit against Jim Williams, averaging 102 in the process.

Aspinall swept aside Mike De Decker 6-2 in the Last Eight, and back-to-back 156 and 132 finishes inspired him to a 7-4 success over De Decker’s compatriot Kim Huybrechts in the Semis.

Belgium’s Huybrechts goes into Thursday’s World Cup of Darts fresh from his best performance of 2022, defeating Raymond van Barneveld, Damon Heta and whitewashing World Champion Peter Wright 6-0 in the Quarter-Finals.

Wright battled through to the last eight despite a host of sub-par displays, while Cross fired in three ton-plus averages before bowing out to Williams at the same stage.

De Decker saw off James Wade, Brendan Dolan and Steve Beaton to make a second Pro Tour quarter-final of 2022, with Players Championship 16 runner-up Van Duijvenbode producing another strong showing to reach the Last Eight.

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Players Championship 17 Results

Wednesday June 15

First Round
Luke Humphries 6-1 Matt Campbell
Connor Scutt 6-2 Jack Main
Steve Beaton 6-0 Mensur Suljovic
Berry van Peer 6-3 Kenny Neyens
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Steve Lennon
Kevin Doets 6-0 Boris Krcmar
James Wade 6-2 George Killington
Mike De Decker 6-0 Eddie Lovely
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 Jose Justicia
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Madars Razma
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Peter Hudson 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Nathan Rafferty 6-2 Adam Gawlas
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Martijn Kleermaker
Jim Williams 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Jeremy van der Winkel 6-4 Adam Hunt
Mervyn King 6-1 Max Hopp
John O’Shea 6-2 Gordon Mathers
Martin Schindler 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Ted Evetts 6-1 Pete Burgoyne
Ross Smith 6-4 Ricardo Pietreczko
Brian Raman 6-5 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Damon Heta 6-2 Steve West
Andy Boulton 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Josh Rock 6-2 Keane Barry
Mickey Mansell 6-3 Graham Usher
Radek Szaganski 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Luc Peters 6-5 Brett Claydon
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Kevin Burness
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Richie Burnett
Michael Smith 6-4 Nathan Girvan
Lukas Wenig 6-5 Alan Soutar
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Stefan Bellmont
Matthew Edgar 6-0 Karel Sedlacek
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Ian White
Thibault Tricole 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Chris Dobey 6-2 Devon Petersen
Shaun Wilkinson 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Robert Owen
John Michael 6-5 Zoran Lerchbacher
Joe Murnan 6-3 Andrew Gilding
James Wilson 6-1 Scott Marsh
Danny Noppert 6-0 Stu Wilson
Geert Nentjes 6-3 Tony Martinez
Martin Lukeman 6-3 Vladimir Andersen
Damian Mol 6-2 Glen Durrant
Rob Cross 6-2 Ross Montgomery
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-1 Geert De Vos
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Scott Waites
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Jules van Dongen
Jason Heaver 6-1 Dave Chisnall
William O’Connor 6-3 Danny Jansen
Daryl Gurney 6-2 William Borland
Stephen Burton 6-3 Michael Unterbuchner
Jose de Sousa 6-3 Jeff Smith
John Henderson 6-2 David Evans
Danny van Trijp 6-2 Ricky Evans
Keegan Brown 6-2 Lewy Williams
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Florian Hempel
Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Danny Baggish 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Scott Williams 6-3 Gary Blades

Second Round
Luke Humphries 6-1 Connor Scutt
Steve Beaton 6-2 Berry van Peer
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Kevin Doets
Mike De Decker 6-4 James Wade
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Scott Mitchell
Nathan Rafferty 6-0 Peter Hudson
Jim Williams 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Peter Wright 6-1 Jeremy van der Winkel
John O’Shea 6-5 Mervyn King
Martin Schindler 6-3 Ted Evetts
Ross Smith 6-3 Brian Raman
Damon Heta 6-1 Andy Boulton
Josh Rock 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Radek Szaganski 6-4 Luc Peters
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael Smith 6-1 Lukas Wenig
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Matthew Edgar
Thibault Tricole 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Chris Dobey 6-3 Shaun Wilkinson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 John Michael
Joe Murnan 6-2 James Wilson
Danny Noppert 6-3 Geert Nentjes
Martin Lukeman 6-3 Damian Mol
Rob Cross 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Ritchie Edhouse 6-2 Ryan Meikle
William O’Connor 6-1 Jason Heaver
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Stephen Burton
John Henderson 6-2 Jose de Sousa
Keegan Brown 6-2 Danny van Trijp
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Jimmy Hendriks
Scott Williams 6-4 Danny Baggish
Losers: £750

Last 32
Steve Beaton 6-1 Luke Humphries
Mike De Decker 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jim Williams 6-5 Nathan Rafferty
Peter Wright 6-5 John O’Shea
Ross Smith 6-2 Martin Schindler
Damon Heta 6-5 Josh Rock
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Radek Szaganski
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Michael Smith
Chris Dobey 6-3 Thibault Tricole
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Joe Murnan
Martin Lukeman 6-5 Danny Noppert
Rob Cross 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Daryl Gurney 6-2 William O’Connor
John Henderson 6-2 Keegan Brown
Scott Williams 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Losers: £1,250

Last 16
Mike De Decker 6-4 Steve Beaton
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Jim Williams
Peter Wright 6-3 Ross Smith
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Damon Heta
Chris Dobey 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Rob Cross 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Scott Williams 6-3 John Henderson
Losers: £2,000

Quarter-Finals
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Mike De Decker
Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Peter Wright
Chris Dobey 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Scott Williams 6-4 Rob Cross
Losers: £3,000

Semi-Finals
Nathan Aspinall 7-4 Kim Huybrechts
Scott Williams 7-4 Chris Dobey
Losers: £4,000

Final
Scott Williams 8-5 Nathan Aspinall
Winner: £12,000
Runner-up: £8,000

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