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PDC Order of Merit following PDC Super Series 3 in Niedernhausen

Van den Bergh claims first Players Championship title at PDC Super Series 3

Jamie Shaw in PDC Super Series 27 Apr 2021
Belgian ace Van den Bergh celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Dimitri van den Bergh secured his first Players Championship title at PDC Super Series 3 with an 8-7 victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode in the final in Niedernhausen on Tuesday.

The World Matchplay champion and two-time World Youth Champion had previously lost in two ProTour finals, but ended his wait for glory by sealing the £10,000 top prize in Players Championship 12.

The success came in dramatic fashion as Van Duijvenbode followed up Monday’s maiden senior title with a gutsy display 24 hours later and pushed the Belgian all the way in the final.

Van den Bergh opened the decider with a 12-darter and led 3-0 and 4-1, before the World Grand Prix finalist reeled off the next three to level up, twice punishing missed doubles from his opponent.

The next two legs were shared before Van den Bergh took out 116 and 104 to move to the brink of victory at 7-5, and though Van Duijvenbode saved the tie with a clutch 88 finish and then forced a decider, the Belgian posted a 180 and pinned double 12 for a 13-darter to claim the title.

The Premier League joint-leader posted ton-plus averages of between 101.5 and 108.8 in each of his opening four matches as he defeated John Brown, Ian White, Alan Soutar and Ryan Searle.

He then had to edge out Scott Mitchell 6-5 in the Quarter-Finals and ran out a 7-2 winner in the Semi-Finals against Danny Noppert.

“I’m proud and happy to finally get that first win on the ProTour,” said Van den Bergh. “It’s something I didn’t expect, but it happened.

“It’s all about the hard work. I played so good in the beginning of the day, so strong, but the longer the day took I felt that my game was going down.

“It’s one of those days that you didn’t expect to win, but you are winning. I came here and I’ve done my best, but I also performed.”

Van den Bergh will now return to the UK for the third block of Premier League nights from May 5-7 as he seeks to continue his impressive debut season.

“I’m in a good position,” he added. “I never expected myself to be in the position that I am, but I’m enjoying the moment and riding the wave.

“Everybody wants to be in the Premier League, I am and I’m just loving the experience.”

Van Duijvenbode was bidding to join the elite list of players to win back-to-back ProTour titles, with his performances including ton-plus averages in 6-0 whitewash wins against Berry van Peer and Simon Whitlock.

He also defeated Danny Baggish, Peter Jacques, Mike De Decker and Robert Thornton on his way to the final on another memorable day.

Former UK Open and World Grand Prix champion Thornton reached his first Semi-Final on the circuit for almost two years courtesy of some fine performances.

A PDPA Associate Member who was given the chance to top up the field of 128 players in Niedernhausen, he overcame Premier League star Nathan Aspinall and Sunday’s winner Michael Smith on his way to the Last Four, as well as averaging 105 in a victory over Martin Schindler.

Noppert won through to his second Semi-Final of 2021 as he picked up five wins on the day, including defeats of two of the finalists in the previous three days, Luke Humphries and Martijn Kleermaker.

Daryl Gurney was a quarter-finalist for the second time in 2021, while Scott Mitchell reached the Last Eight for a second successive day and Whitlock recorded a fourth straight win over Michael van Gerwen during his run to the same stage.

The day also featured a fourth nine-darter in as many days as Krzysztof Ratajski achieved perfection during his First Round win over Keane Barry.


PDC Super Series 3 – Event Four Results

Tuesday April 27

First Round
José de Sousa 6-1 Florian Hempel
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 José Justicia
William O’Connor 6-3 Steffen Siepmann
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Ciaran Teehan
Daryl Gurney 6-5 David Evans
Kai Fan Leung 6-4 Mike Warburton
Gordon Mathers 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Josh Payne
Damon Heta 6-1 Andy Hamilton
Lisa Ashton 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Patrick van den Boogaard
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-2 Geert Nentjes
Danny Noppert 6-4 Max Hopp
Davy Proosten 6-4 Lorenzo Pronk
Luke Humphries 6-4 Chris Dobey
Joe Murnan 6-0 Kevin McDine
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-4 Devon Petersen
Christian Kist 6-5 Pero Ljubic
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-1 Peter Hudson
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Rob Cross
Scott Mitchell 6-4 Michael Unterbuchner
Mervyn King 6-4 Sebastian Bialecki
Aaron Beeney 6-5 Jon Worsley
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Keane Barry – *Ratajski hits a nine-darter*
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Martin Thomas 6-2 Steve Brown
Ian White 6-3 Jason Askew
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 John Brown
Madars Razma 6-1 William Borland
Alan Soutar 6-2 Gino Vos
Michael Smith 6-1 Michal Smejda
Jeff Smith 6-3 Adam Gawlas
Andy Boulton 6-2 Lewis Williams
Steve Beaton 6-3 Derk Telnekes
Kevin Doets 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Alan Tabern 6-3 Ross Smith
Luc Peters 6-5 Ryan Murray
Robert Thornton 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Wayne Jones 6-2 Harald Leitinger
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Schindler 6-5 Justin Pipe
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Rene Eidams
Ted Evetts 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Jeroen Mioch
Ricky Evans 6-4 Boris Krcmar
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gary Blades
Lukas Wenig 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Geert De Vos 6-5 Jason Lowe
John Michael 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Jack Main
Vincent Van der Meer 6-5 Eddie Lovely
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 John Henderson
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Michael Rasztovits
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Scott Williams
Mike De Decker 6-3 Adam Hunt
Steve Lennon 6-3 Chas Barstow
Ryan De Vreede 6-5 Robert Marijanovic
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Berry van Peer
Danny Baggish 6-1 Nick Kenny
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Peter Jacques 6-5 Boris Koltsov

Second Round
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 José de Sousa
William O’Connor 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Kai Fan Leung
Gordon Mathers 6-4 Bradley Brooks
Damon Heta 6-1 Lisa Ashton
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Danny Noppert 6-2 Davy Proosten
Luke Humphries 6-0 Joe Murnan
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-5 Christian Kist
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Scott Mitchell 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Aaron Beeney 6-5 Mervyn King
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Ryan Searle 6-1 Martin Thomas
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Ian White
Alan Soutar 6-3 Madars Razma
Michael Smith 6-4 Jeff Smith
Steve Beaton 6-1 Andy Boulton
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Kevin Doets
Alan Tabern 6-2 Luc Peters
Robert Thornton 6-1 Wayne Jones
Martin Schindler 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Ted Evetts 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Ricky Evans 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Lukas Wenig
John Michael 6-4 Geert De Vos
Vincent Van der Meer 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Mike De Decker 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Ryan De Vreede 6-5 Steve Lennon
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Danny Baggish
Peter Jacques 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Losers: £500

Last 32
Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 William O’Connor
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Gordon Mathers
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Damon Heta
Danny Noppert 6-4 Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-4 Benito van de Pas
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Ryan Searle 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Alan Soutar
Michael Smith 6-5 Steve Beaton
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-2 Alan Tabern
Robert Thornton 6-4 Martin Schindler
Ted Evetts 6-4 Ricky Evans
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 John Michael
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Vincent Van der Meer
Mike De Decker 6-3 Ryan De Vreede
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Peter Jacques
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Danny Noppert 6-2 Martijn Kleermaker
Scott Mitchell 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Ryan Searle
Michael Smith 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Robert Thornton 6-3 Ted Evetts
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Mike De Decker
Losers: £1,500

Danny Noppert 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Robert Thornton 6-3 Michael Smith
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Simon Whitlock
Losers: £2,250

Dimitri Van den Bergh 7-2 Danny Noppert
Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-4 Robert Thornton
Losers: £3,000

Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-7 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000