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PDC Super Series 4 Day One: Players Championship 13 Draw and Live Scores

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Joe Cullen celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Joe Cullen secured his seventh PDC title at Players Championship 13 with an 8-6 win over Gerwyn Price in the final in Milton Keynes.

Cullen, who won the first Players Championship event of the season in February, doubled his tally for 2021 at the Marshall Arena as he denied the world number one a winning return to competitive action.

Cullen cemented his place at the top of the PDC ProTour Order of Merit by landing the £10,000 top prize, defeating four fellow top 16 stars along the way.

The Bradford ace began the day with a 6-3 victory over Steve West before seeing off Belgium’s Mike De Decker by the same scoreline.

He then thrashed Martin Atkins 6-1 with a 99 average in the Last 32 before edging out Ian White in a last-leg decider with a superb 106 average.

Cullen continued his charge with a 6-4 win over UK Open champion James Wade and sealed his place in the final in emphatic fashion by thrashing Michael van Gerwen 7-2.

Cullen began the final strongly by opening up a 2-0 lead before Price halved the deficit in style with a 122 checkout on the bull.

Price followed it up with a 90 finish in leg four and took the fifth to go in front, but Cullen responded superbly with a 125 checkout on his way to three straight legs to move 5-3 up.

Cullen then stretched his advantage to 7-4, but three missed match darts in leg 12 handed Price a lifeline, which he grabbed with back-to-back legs to trail just 7-6.

Cullen, however, regained his composure to close out victory after two fatal missed doubles from the Welshman.

“I was hoping to win one of the titles this week but I wasn’t expecting it on the first day after such a long lay-off,” said Cullen.

“It felt like a first day back at school, I was very unsure of myself at the start of the day but it’s funny how things work out sometimes.

“I’ve missed the kind of pressure I felt at the end of the final. I fell over the line at the end but the important thing is I found a way to win.”

Price made it back-to-back ProTour finals, having also finished runner-up at Players Championship 8 on March 19, the last time he was in PDC action.

The reigning World Champion battled back from 5-3 down to defeat Joe Murnan 6-5 in his first game of the day, before impressing in victories over Gary Anderson, Steve Beaton and fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton later en route to the final.

Elsewhere on Day One, Premier League runner-up Jose de Sousa produced a 127 average, one of the highest ever recorded in PDC competition, in his 6-0 First Round win over William Borland.

Niels Zonneveld landed a nine-dart finish in the first leg of his Second Round clash with Wade but went on to lose the match 6-2.

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Players Championship 13 Results

Monday June 14

First Round
Joe Cullen 6-3 Steve West
Mike De Decker 6-4 Berry van Peer
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Alan Soutar
Martin Atkins 6-4 Andy Boulton
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Lisa Ashton
Keegan Brown 6-4 Scott Waites
Ian White 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Gary Blades 6-4 Ryan Murray
James Wade 6-1 Peter Hudson
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Boris Koltsov
Jason Lowe 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Matthew Edgar
John Henderson 6-5 Devon Petersen
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Jon Worsley
Callan Rydz 6-2 Brett Claydon
Kevin Doets 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Peter Wright
Nick Kenny 6-2 Luc Peters
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Chas Barstow 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
Keane Barry 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Geert De Vos 6-1 David Evans
Lewis Williams 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Adrian Lewis 6-2 John Michael
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jake Jones
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Steve Lennon
Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Glen Durrant
Martin Schindler 6-4 Danny Baggish
Ricky Evans 6-4 Damon Heta
Chris Dobey 6-1 Michael Rasztovits
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Ryan De Vreede
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Stephen Bunting
José de Sousa 6-0 William Borland
Justin Pipe 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Bradley Brooks 6-1 Jamie Hughes
James Wilson 6-5 Aaron Beeney
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Jason Heaver 6-4 Gordon Mathers
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Ted Evetts
Alan Tabern 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Sean Fisher
Geert Nentjes 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Mervyn King 6-2 José Justicia
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Matt Jackson
William O’Connor 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Steve Brown 6-3 Wayne Jones
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Boris Krcmar
Ryan Searle 6-5 Josh Payne
Michael Smith 6-3 Martin Thomas
Jesus Noguera 6-4 Jack Main
Luke Humphries 6-2 Kai Fan Leung
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Lorenzo Pronk
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Jeff Smith 6-4 Darren Webster
Gary Anderson 6-5 Rob Cross
John Brown 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Joe Murnan
Ciaran Teehan 6-5 Jim McEwan
Eddie Lovely 6-3 Madars Razma
Kevin McDine 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Danny Noppert 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Peter Jacques 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Steve Beaton 6-4 Ross Smith
Martin Lukeman 6-1 Derk Telnekes

Second Round
Joe Cullen 6-3 Mike De Decker
Martin Atkins 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Keegan Brown
Ian White 6-2 Gary Blades
James Wade 6-2 Niels Zonneveld – *Zonneveld hits a nine-darter*
Jason Lowe 6-1 Jelle Klaasen
John Henderson 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Callan Rydz 6-5 Kevin Doets
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Nick Kenny
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Chas Barstow
Keane Barry 6-2 Geert De Vos
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Lewis Williams
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Martin Schindler 6-5 Kirk Shepherd
Ricky Evans 6-4 Chris Dobey
Mickey Mansell 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Justin Pipe 6-4 José de Sousa
Bradley Brooks 6-4 James Wilson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Jason Heaver
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Alan Tabern
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Geert Nentjes
Mervyn King 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Steve Brown 6-4 William O’Connor
Ryan Searle 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 6-0 Jesus Noguera
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Luke Humphries
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Jeff Smith
Gary Anderson 6-0 John Brown
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Ciaran Teehan
Eddie Lovely 6-4 Kevin McDine
Danny Noppert 6-2 Peter Jacques
Steve Beaton 6-5 Martin Lukeman
Losers: £500

Last 32
Joe Cullen 6-1 Martin Atkins
Ian White 6-4 Daryl Gurney
James Wade 6-2 Jason Lowe
John Henderson 6-4 Callan Rydz
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Keane Barry
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Martin Schindler
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Ricky Evans
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Justin Pipe
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Mervyn King
Steve Brown 6-5 Ryan Searle
Michael Smith 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Eddie Lovely
Steve Beaton 6-5 Danny Noppert
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Joe Cullen 6-5 Ian White
James Wade 6-5 John Henderson
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Bradley Brooks
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Steve Brown
Gary Anderson 6-4 Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Steve Beaton
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Joe Cullen 6-4 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Martijn Kleermaker
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Gary Anderson
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Joe Cullen 7-2 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 7-1 Jonny Clayton
Losers: £3,000

Final
Joe Cullen 8-6 Gerwyn Price
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000