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Ryan Searle gains revenge on Gary Anderson to claim Players Championship 3 title

Jamie Shaw in Players Championship 19 Feb 2024
Ryan Searle celebrates (Photo by Kieran Cleeves/PDC)

Ryan Searle made it third time lucky in a Players Championship final in 2024 as he denied Gary Anderson to claim the Event Three title in Leicester on Monday.

Having finished as runner-up in the opening two Players Championship events last week, Searle edged out Anderson in the deciding leg of a pulsating contest to seal the £15,000 top prize.

Searle had succumbed to his practice partner Anderson in the Players Championship Two final last Tuesday, but he avenged that defeat with a sensational display at the Mattioli Arena.

The Somerset star raced into a 3-0 lead before Anderson opened his account with a spectacular 164 checkout, but Searle restored his three-leg advantage with an eye-catching double 19-double 19 finish.

Anderson reduced the deficit with his second 12-darter of the game in leg six, though Searle remain undeterred, responding with consecutive holds to retain command at 6-3.

The Scottish veteran threatened to complete a terrific comeback after reeling off the next three legs without reply, featuring a superb 11-dart break of throw in leg 11.

However, Searle defied a 177 set-up shot from Anderson to move to the cusp of victory at 7-6, before piling in a brace of maximums in a last-leg shoot-out to seal the deal.

“I wasn’t at my best today, but when it came to the final, I feel like I played pretty well,” said Searle, who averaged 107.6 to Anderson’s 108.6 in the final.

“I believe that Gary is probably the best player in the world, and I’ve said that for a long time. When you’re practising against him he’s banging in 180 after 180 and taking out massive finishes.

“Me and Gary have only practiced twice together this year. He is playing phenomenal darts at the moment, so I’m happy to be able to get one over on him for once!

To make three finals in a row and win one of them is a big achievement, because these events are not easy.

“I don’t set myself targets. I just turn up and play and whatever happens, happens.

“I wish I had Luke Humphries’ focus, where he wanted to be in the Premier League, he wanted to be world number one. I think that would probably help me, but it’s just not me!”

Searle began his route to glory with wins over Patrick Geeraets and Owen Bates, and he continued his progress by dumping out Australia’s World Cup pairing of Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta.

The 36-year-old then saw off Danny Noppert in the quarter-finals – aided by a 164 checkout in the penultimate leg – before winning five straight legs from 4-2 down to topple Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals.

Searle then denied Anderson in the Scot’s quest for back-to-back Players Championship titles, despite the two-time World Champion registering ton-plus averages in six of his seven matches.

The 53-year-old boasted an extraordinary tournament average of 105.85 and crashed in 41 180s throughout the day – obliterating Dave Chisnall’s previous Players Championship record of 35.

Anderson averaged 112 in his opening round demolition of Jeffrey de Graaf, before almost usurping that in his semi-final success over Callan Rydz, producing winning legs of 13, 12, 13, 13, 12, 12 and 11 darts.

Rydz posted a quartet of ton-plus averages during an impressive campaign, defeating the young trio of Nathan Rafferty, Mike De Decker and Josh Rock to book his place in the Last 16.

The former World Championship quarter-finalist also fought back from 5-0 down to stun Daryl Gurney in an 11-leg thriller, and he averaged 103 to account for Players Championship One winner Luke Littler in the quarter-finals.

Van Gerwen, meanwhile, advanced to the semi-finals in his first Players Championship appearance of 2024, overcoming 2023 World Champion Michael Smith and edging out Steve Lennon in the closing stages.

Littler, Noppert and Lennon were joined in the Last Eight by two-time World Champion Peter Wright, who displayed promising signs in his thumping Last 16 win over teenage talent Leighton Bennett, averaging 104 in the process.

Elsewhere in Leicester, Ryan Meikle produced the fourth nine-darter on the Players Championship circuit in 2024, achieving perfection during his first round victory against Geert Nentjes.

Players Championship Three Results

Monday February 19

Round One
Leighton Bennett 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Pascal Rupprecht 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Lee Evans 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Arron Monk 6-3 Connor Scutt
Peter Wright 6-2 Owen Roelofs
Ricky Evans 6-1 Danny Lauby
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Thibault Tricole 6-4 Haupai Puha
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Madars Razma
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Danny van Trijp
Brett Claydon 6-4 James Wade
Jeffrey Sparidaans 6-4 Scott Williams
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jeffrey De Graaf
William Borland 6-2 Callum Goffin
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
Jim Williams 6-3 Daniel Klose
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Darryl Pilgrim
Oskar Lukasiak 6-1 Stefan Bellmont
Chris Dobey 6-5 Wessel Nijman
Dylan Slevin 6-3 Robert Owen
Cameron Menzies 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Luke Littler 6-5 Keane Barry
Gian van Veen 6-4 Radek Szaganski
Kevin Doets 6-1 Florian Hempel
Josh Rock 6-4 Aden Kirk
Adam Hunt 6-4 George Killington
Mike De Decker 6-3 Robert Grundy
Callan Rydz 6-3 Nathan Rafferty
Ross Smith 6-3 Nick Kenny
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Graham Hall
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Rhys Griffin
Jamie Hughes 6-3 Josh Payne
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Steve Beaton
Steve Lennon 6-5 Adam Warner
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Lukas Wenig
Ian White 6-4 Robbie Knops
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Ritchie Edhouse 6-0 Alan Soutar
Martin Schindler 6-3 Mickey Mansell
Ryan Meikle 6-1 Geert Nentjes – *Meikle hits a nine-darter*
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Andy Baetens
Richard Veenstra 6-3 Paul Krohne
Berry van Peer 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Martin Lukeman 6-4 Matt Campbell
Michael Smith 6-1 Martijn Dragt
Chris Landman 6-5 Adam Gawlas
Matthew Dennant 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Darren Beveridge 6-4 Mervyn King
Damon Heta 6-3 Jules van Dongen
Danny Jansen 6-2 Joshua Richardson
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Adam Smith-Neale
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-3 Jacques Labre
Ryan Searle 6-2 Patrick Geeraets
Owen Bates 6-5 Graham Usher
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Christian Perez
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Keegan Brown
William O’Connor 6-4 Rob Cross
James Hurrell 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Jitse Van der Wal
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Stephen Burton
Danny Noppert 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts
Boris Krcmar 6-4 Jurjen van der Velde
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-2 Nathan Aspinall
Niels Zonneveld 6-2 Dom Taylor

Second Round
Leighton Bennett 6-5 Pascal Rupprecht
Arron Monk 6-1 Lee Evans
Peter Wright 6-4 Ricky Evans
Thibault Tricole 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Jeffrey Sparidaans 6-3 Brett Claydon
Gary Anderson 6-2 William Borland
Jim Williams 6-3 Jose De Sousa
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Oskar Lukasiak
Chris Dobey 6-4 Dylan Slevin
Luke Littler 6-3 Cameron Menzies
Kevin Doets 6-3 Gian van Veen
Josh Rock 6-2 Adam Hunt
Callan Rydz 6-4 Mike De Decker
Ross Smith 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Steve Lennon 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Ian White
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Ricardo Pietreczko
Ryan Meikle 6-2 Martin Schindler
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Richard Veenstra
Berry van Peer 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Michael Smith 6-3 Chris Landman
Darren Beveridge 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Damon Heta 6-5 Danny Jansen
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Ryan Searle 6-4 Owen Bates
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Andrew Gilding
William O’Connor 6-3 James Hurrell
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Danny Noppert 6-4 Boris Krcmar
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Last 32
Leighton Bennett 6-1 Arron Monk
Peter Wright 6-4 Thibault Tricole
Jeffrey Sparidaans 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jim Williams
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Chris Dobey
Luke Littler 6-2 Kevin Doets
Callan Rydz 6-4 Josh Rock
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Ross Smith
Steve Lennon 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Ryan Meikle
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Berry van Peer
Michael Smith 6-4 Darren Beveridge
Damon Heta 6-3 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Ryan Searle 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 William O’Connor
Danny Noppert 6-4 Niels Zonneveld

Last 16
Peter Wright 6-1 Leighton Bennett
Gary Anderson 6-0 Jeffrey Sparidaans
Luke Littler 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Callan Rydz 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Steve Lennon 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Michael Smith
Ryan Searle 6-3 Damon Heta
Danny Noppert 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld

Gary Anderson 6-2 Peter Wright
Callan Rydz 6-4 Luke Littler
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Steve Lennon
Ryan Searle 6-4 Danny Noppert

Gary Anderson 7-4 Callan Rydz
Ryan Searle 7-4 Michael van Gerwen

Ryan Searle 8-7 Gary Anderson

Prize Fund
Winner: £15,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Final losers: £5,000
Quarter-Final losers: £3,500
Last 16 losers: £2,500
Last 32 losers: £1,500
Second Round losers: £1,000
First Round losers: £0

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