Michael van Gerwen issues response following Jonathan Worsley altercation

Michael van Gerwen has responded to Jonathan Worsley’s social media posts following an altercation between the pair at the PDC Winter Series.

Worsley was removed from the fifth and final Winter Series event on Saturday after making physical contact with Van Gerwen following a disagreement.

In a Facebook post, Worsley explained he had spilled a drink on his shirt on Wednesday, forcing him to quickly change prior to marking a subsequent game on his board.

Worsley says he then received a warning from the Tournament Director the following day for wearing a shirt which breached the tournament dress code.

When speaking to the Tournament Director, Worsley questioned why someone marking on behalf of Michael van Gerwen was permitted to do so in jeans and a t-shirt.

The Welshman then claimed Van Gerwen approached him inside the venue over the matter on Saturday, attempting to “intimidate” him and allegedly calling him “a rat”.

The confrontation continued outside of the venue, where Worsley admits he pushed Van Gerwen and was removed from the tournament as a consequence.

Van Gerwen made the following statement on Saturday evening:

‘After seeing many things placed and said on social media over the last few hours, I have a short statement to make.

‘This morning at the PDC Winter Series, Jonathan [Worsley] and myself did have crossed words over the marking of games at the Winter Series.

‘The reason the PDC Tournament Director had words with him, as he wanted to mark in a Rugby shirt, not just a regular shirt.

‘I admit to calling him a rat in the exchange of words. We are all colleagues, he could have come and had a quiet word with me if he felt there was a problem.

‘When we were outside, I was still unhappy that he had not come to me first, and our discussion continued.

‘Yes, again, I did call him a rat.

‘At this point, Jonathan tried to lay his hands on me, that was seen by colleagues. The way they dealt with it was very professional.

‘The PDC spoke with everyone who was there, and well all know once that has happened, there is only one outcome.

‘You will be removed from the tournament, it is as simple as that.

‘We all know that you cannot place your hands on another player as he did. We all know this.

‘The way everything was dealt with today was very professional.

‘As far as I am concerned, the matter has now been dealt with by the PDC and we move on.

‘All my focus is now on the Grand Slam of Darts and I will not be answering any further questions on this matter.’

The world number one suffered a Second Round exit on Saturday at the hands of Callan Rydz – who averaged 100.7 in a 6-4 victory.

It is unclear yet as to whether either Worsley, Van Gerwen or both will face disciplinary action from the DRA.

Worsley removed from PDC Winter Series event following Van Gerwen altercation

Jonathan Worsley was removed from the fifth PDC Winter Series event following an altercation with Michael van Gerwen at the venue.

Worsley had been due to face Daryl Gurney in Round One at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday, but the world number 104 was removed from the draw following an incident involving Van Gerwen.

In a Facebook post, Worsley explains he had spilled a drink on his shirt on Wednesday, forcing him to quickly change prior to marking a subsequent game.

Worsley says he then received a warning from the Tournament Director the following day for wearing a shirt which breached the tournament dress code.

When speaking to the Tournament Director, Worsley questioned why someone marking on behalf of Michael van Gerwen was permitted to do so in jeans and a t-shirt.

The Welshman then claims Van Gerwen approached him inside the venue over the matter on Saturday, attempting to “intimidate” him and allegedly calling him “a rat”.

The confrontation then continued outside of the venue, where Worsley admits he pushed Van Gerwen and was removed from the tournament as a consequence.

Worsley’s statement on Facebook read:

“This is what happened…

“On Wednesday I had to go to the toilet after my game.

“At the same time I spilt a drink down my top, so I changed my shirt asap and rushed back to mark the board!

“On Thursday I got a b******ing off the tournament director for wearing a shirt we aren’t allowed to wear, so I apologised and that was that.

“Then MVG had to mark and he got someone to mark for him in jeans and a t- shirt!

“So I asked Keith the tournament director what the difference was you cant have one rule for him and another for me. I made no formal complaint so this should have been kept between me and the tournament director.

“However today MVG comes to the table and starts giving me s*** asking why I reported him then starts calling me names and trying to intimidate me… Rat, rat, rat, rat etc.

“I said “No Mike it wasnt aimed at you I just said it should be equal for all players”…fair point to make!

“Anyway I went out for a fag just stood there with Scott chatting and he [Van Gerwen] starts trying to intimidate me calling me rat, rat, rat etc.

“I explained it one last time and people listening agreed.

“He kept going so I pushed him.

“He reported me to the PDC bearing in mind the security knew full well he had been provoking me yet I get kicked out and he’s alright to play!

“How is that right?

“The PDC didn’t even speak to the “security” to see both sides just took MVG’s side. Absolute joke.

“So I’ve lost out today because you cant talk to officials confidentially without them gossiping and stirring!

“Ps. The security and some of the officials were quality.”

Van Gerwen suffered a Second Round exit on Saturday at the hands of Callan Rydz – who averaged 100.7 in a 6-4 victory.

In a separate Facebook post, Worsley had accused the PDC of being “one rule for one, another rule for another” while also using expletive language aimed directly at Van Gerwen, though the post was later deleted.

It is unclear yet as to whether either Worsley, Van Gerwen or both will face disciplinary action from the DRA.

PDC Winter Series Day Five Draw: The First Round line-up for Players Championship 23

The draw for the fifth and final PDC Winter Series event has been confirmed, with 128 players competing in Coventry.

A total of 128 players are in action at the Ricoh Arena, with PDC Tour Card holders joined by several Associate Members.

The PDC Winter Series, which takes place from November 10-14, will feature ranked Players Championship events on five consecutive days.

As with all previous Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the PDC Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit and Players Championship Order of Merit.

In addition, the winner of the Winter Series Order of Merit – based on prize money won across the five days – will qualify for next week’s Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts.

Following the final PDC Winter Series event on Saturday, the top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit will form the field for Players Championship Finals later this month.

World number one Michael van Gerwen and reigning World Champion Peter Wright head the field, while Premier League champion Glen Durrant and fellow box office stars Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith are also in action.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross, Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Portugal’s Jose De Sousa also feature.

Play commences at 2pm GMT, with all matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 legs, while Semi-Finals are best of 13 and the final is best of 15.

Matches from two streaming boards available to watch exclusively live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series 2020 Event Five Draw

Saturday November 14

First Round

Michael van Gerwen (BYE)
Peter Wright (BYE)
Jose De Sousa (BYE)

John Michael v Callan Rydz
Ricky Evans v Simon Stevenson
Toni Alcinas v Luke Humphries
Ryan Searle v Adrian Lewis
Conan Whitehead v Scott Taylor
Gabriel Clemens v Ted Evetts
Peter Jacques v Kai Fan Leung
Krzysztof Ratajski v Michael Barnard
Keegan Brown v Krzysztof Kciuk
Ross Smith v Ron Meulenkamp
Christian Bunse v Martin Atkins
Devon Petersen v Matt Clark
Darren Penhall v Jan Dekker
Vincent van der Voort v Jeffrey De Zwaan
Ritchie Edhouse v David Pallett
Nathan Aspinall v Jim Williams
Derk Telnekes v Maikel Verberk
Jeff Smith v Luke Woodhouse
Aaron Beeney v Mickey Mansell
Damon Heta v Nick Kenny
Martin Schindler v Ryan Meikle
Stephen Bunting v William Borland
Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton
Michael Smith v Steve Beaton
Keane Barry v Matthew Dennant
Ryan Joyce v Gavin Carlin
Ryan Murray v Adrian Gray
Glen Durrant v Daniel Larsson
Carl Wilkinson v Darius Labanauskas
Jamie Hughes v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Barrie Bates v Adam Hunt
Max Hopp v Steve Brown
William O’Connor v Benito van de Pas
Richard North v Bradley Brooks
Dave Chisnall v Marko Kantele
Steve Lennon v Mike De Decker
Jonny Clayton v Ciaran Teehan
David Evans v Richie Burnett
James Wade v Andy Hamilton
Alan Tabern v Andy Boulton
Madars Razma v Jason Lowe
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Wayne Jones
Ian White v Gary Blades
Lisa Ashton v John Henderson
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Scott Mitchell
Jelle Klaasen v Mark McGeeney
Scott Baker v Karel Sedlacek
Maik Kuivenhoven v Jesus Noguera
Josh Payne v Steve West
Brendan Dolan v Jitse Van der Wal
Kevin Doets v Kirk Shepherd
Daryl Gurney v Jonathan Worsley
Robert Collins v Joe Murnan
Joe Cullen v Justin Pipe
Chris Dobey v Reece Robinson
Martijn Kleermaker v James Wilson
Niels Zonneveld v Matthew Edgar
Danny Noppert v Yordi Meeuwisse
Harald Leitinger v Boris Krcmar
Jermaine Wattimena v Darren Webster
Scott Waites v Simon Whitlock

Wright denies De Sousa to claim PDC Winter Series title

Peter Wright edged past Jose De Sousa in a last-leg thriller to clinch the fourth PDC Winter Series title in Coventry on Friday.

The reigning World Champion and European Champion produced another superb day of darts as he scooped the £10,000 top prize in Players Championship 22, continuing his build-up to the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts in style.

Wright was rarely troubled in his run to the final, dropping only one leg in wins over Robert Thornton, Steve Lennon, Ricky Evans and Joe Cullen and defeating Jermaine Wattimena 6-3.

He had averaged 106 and 108 in his opening two games and was forced to break the 100-average barrier in the decider as he was pushed all the way by De Sousa.

The Portuguese star took out 100 for an 11-darter to open the final and also led 3-2 before Wright hit back to regain the lead and push into a 7-4 lead.

De Sousa took the next three to take the tie into a deciding leg, but it was Wright who opened with 140 and 180 before finishing 100 to seal victory with an 11-darter of his own.

“It’s a really good win for me,” said Wright. “It was always going to be close with Jose because he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment.

“He’s not been on the circuit long, but he’s amazing. He’s a lovely guy as well, so relaxed and laid back and we have a little bit of banter.

“I changed my darts a couple of times today. I did it in the semi-finals against Joe Cullen to have a bit of a longer point – I had to change something because they weren’t coming down.”

De Sousa was bidding to secure his second title of 2020, following a European Tour victory last month, and posted three ton-plus averages of his own during six wins to reach his third Players Championship final of the year.

Lewis enjoyed his best finish since Players Championship One back in February as he won through to the Semi-Finals, with the two-time World Champion notably defeating Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock on the day.

World number one Van Gerwen made his first appearance of the Winter Series as he returned from a back problem, defeating Richie Burnett before losing out in a high-quality tie with Lewis which saw both players average above 100.

Last month’s International Open winner Cullen was the day’s other semi-finalist, while World Cup winner Jonny Clayton and Autumn Series event winner Damon Heta were among the quarter-finalists.

The PDC Winter Series concludes on Saturday with Day Five at the Ricoh Arena, with a further £75,000 in prize money on offer.

Following Day Five, the final qualifiers for next week’s Grand Slam will be confirmed, although Ian White is now assured of his place in that event as a Players Championship winner on the reserve list.

Jermaine Wattimena is currently the highest-ranked non-qualified player on the PDC Winter Series Order of Merit.

Saturday’s tournament is also the last Players Championship event of 2020, after which the 64 qualifiers for the Players Championship Finals will be confirmed.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series Day Four Results

Friday November 13

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

Second Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Richie Burnett
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Joe Murnan 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Ryan Searle 6-2 Scott Waites
Ryan Murray 6-3 Devon Petersen
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-5 Ross Smith
Ian White 6-5 Wayne Jones
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Justin Pipe
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Adam Hunt 6-3 Gavin Carlin
Brendan Dolan 6-4 David Evans
Mike De Decker 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Michael Smith 6-2 Harald Leitinger
James Wilson 6-4 Madars Razma
Derk Telnekes 6-1 Lisa Ashton
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Peter Wright 6-1 Robert Thornton
Steve Lennon 6-5 Jan Dekker
Ricky Evans 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Matthew Dennant 6-4 Mervyn King
Steve West 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Scott Taylor
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Danny Noppert
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-2 Nick Kenny
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Keegan Brown
Jeff Smith 6-3 Alan Tabern
Damon Heta 6-0 Ron Meulenkamp
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Max Hopp
Joe Cullen 6-5 William O’Connor
John Michael 6-3 Gary Blades
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Kai Fan Leung
Losers: £500

Last 32
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Ryan Searle 6-3 Joe Murnan
Ryan Murray 6-3 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Ian White
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Adam Hunt
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Mike De Decker
Michael Smith 6-1 James Wilson
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Derk Telnekes
Peter Wright 6-1 Steve Lennon
Ricky Evans 6-4 Matthew Dennant
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Steve West
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Jeff Smith
Damon Heta 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Joe Cullen 6-4 John Michael
Simon Stevenson 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ryan Searle
Ryan Murray 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 6-1 Ricky Evans
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
Damon Heta 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen 6-5 Stevenson
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ryan Murray
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Joe Cullen 6-2 Damon Heta
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Jose De Sousa 7-5 Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright 7-1 Joe Cullen
Losers: £3,000

Final
Peter Wright 8-7 Jose De Sousa
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

PDC Winter Series Day Four Draw: The First Round line-up for Players Championship 22

The draw for the fourth PDC Winter Series event has been confirmed, with 128 players competing in Coventry.

A total of 128 players will compete across all five days in Coventry, with PDC Tour Card holders joined by several Associate Members.

The PDC Winter Series, which takes place from November 10-14, will feature ranked Players Championship events on five consecutive days.

As with all previous Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the PDC Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit and Players Championship Order of Merit.

In addition, the winner of the Winter Series Order of Merit – based on prize money won across the five days – will qualify for next week’s Grand Slam of Darts.

The field is headed by world number one Michael van Gerwen and reigning World Champion Peter Wright, while Premier League champion Glen Durrant and fellow box office stars Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith are also in action.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross, Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Portugal’s Jose De Sousa also feature.

Play commences at 2pm GMT, with all matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 legs, while Semi-Finals are best of 13 and the final is best of 15.

Matches from two streaming boards available to watch exclusively live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series 2020 Event Four Draw

Friday November 13

First Round

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

Price picks up eighth title of 2020 at the PDC Winter Series

Gerwyn Price secured his eighth title of the year on Day Three of the PDC Winter Series in Coventry on Thursday, defeating Damon Heta 8-6 in the final.

The Welshman continued his blistering spell of success by following up last weekend’s PDC World Cup triumph with a £10,000 Players Championship title at the Ricoh Arena.

The world number three stepped up his preparation for next week’s Grand Slam title defence in style, denying Heta a second ranking title of the season in a close final.

“I’m happy to win, but I think I played poorly in the final,” admitted Price.

“This week I’ve lost games when I’ve played well and today I’ve won playing poorly in the final.

“I felt I was in control for most of the game but I thought he was going to pinch it at the end.

“I just needed to play well this week and that’s what I’ve done the last two days.

“I’ve had a really bad head all week, I’m going home tomorrow for a day and coming back on Saturday.”

After receiving a Bye in Round One, Price produced his best performance of the day in his first outing as he edged past Reece Robinson 6-5 with a 102 average.

He then thrashed Gavin Carlin 6-1 before averaging 99 in a 6-0 whitewash of Canada’s Jeff Smith to reach the Quarter-Finals.

There, ‘The Ice Man’ overcame Stephen Bunting 6-4 before powering past William O’Connor 7-3 to seal his spot in the final.

A nip and tuck final saw Price open up with an 11-darter, taking out 87 for the first, before Heta replied with success legs to move in front.

Price levelled before Heta took out 74 to make it 3-2 and the duo remained locked level at five apiece before a crucial moment saw Price break throw to lead 6-5.

However, an immediate break back brought Heta level, but only for Price to reply with a 66 finish before falling over the line on double two.

Heta was appearing in his third PDC final and recorded five averages in excess of 99 along the way.

The Australian ace averaged 99.9 in a 6-5 success over Adrian Lewis in Round One before averaging 99.5 in defeating Niels Zonneveld by the same scoreline.

He then defeated Justin Pipe 6-3 with a 103 average before seeing off Ross Smith 6-4 with a 103.2 average in the Quarter-Finals.

There, he ended the run of an in-form Krzysztof Kciuk with a 6-2 victory and another 99.5 average, before denying Callan Rydz a first senior PDC final appearance with a 7-5 Semi-Final success.

Rydz reached his first ProTour Semi-Final with wins over the likes of Daryl Gurney, Brendan Dolan, Simon Whitlock and Ian White along the way.

The third of five consecutive days of Players Championship events at the Ricoh Arena saw Nick Kenny hit a nine-dart leg in a 6-3 First Round defeat to Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Having picked up titles in each the first two days, Michael Smith remains top of the PDC Winter Series Order of Merit, while Jermaine Wattimena stays in the provisional qualifying place for the Grand Slam as the highest ranked non-qualified player.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series Day Three Results

Tuesday November 10

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

Second Round
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Reece Robinson
Gavin Carlin 6-5 John Michael
Ryan Murray 6-5 Ciaran Teehan
Jeff Smith 6-0 Aaron Beeney
Jan Dekker 6-2 Matthew Dennant
Steve Brown 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Scott Taylor 6-4 Martin Schindler
Stephen Bunting 6-4 David Pallett
Ted Evetts 6-4 Darren Webster
Madars Razma 6-3 Jitse Van der Wal
Glen Durrant 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Ryan Searle 6-3 Christian Bunse
William O’Connor 6-5 James Wade
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Keane Barry 6-3 William Borland
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Peter Wright
Jim Williams 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Jelle Klaasen
Callan Rydz 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Andy Boulton 6-5 Max Hopp
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Josh Payne
Ian White 6-1 Robert Thornton
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 David Evans
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Carl Wilkinson
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-4 Mike De Decker
Mervyn King 6-1 Daniel Larsson
Michael Smith 6-1 Wayne Jones
Ross Smith 6-3 Matt Clark
Justin Pipe 6-2 Danny Noppert
Damon Heta 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Losers: £500

Last 32
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Gavin Carlin
Jeff Smith 6-2 Ryan Murray
Jan Dekker 6-5 Steve Brown
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Scott Taylor
Madars Razma 6-1 Ted Evetts
Ryan Searle 6-4 Glen Durrant
William O’Connor 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Keane Barry
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jim Williams
Callan Rydz 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Andy Boulton
Ian White 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Ryan Joyce
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-2 Mervyn King
Ross Smith 6-4 Michael Smith
Damon Heta 6-3 Justin Pipe
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Jeff Smith
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Jan Dekker
Ryan Searle 6-4 Madars Razma
William O’Connor 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Callan Rydz 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Ian White 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Damon Heta 6-4 Ross Smith
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Stephen Bunting
William O’Connor 6-3 Ryan Searle
Callan Rydz 6-2 Ian White
Damon Heta 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-3 William O’Connor
Damon Heta 7-5 Callan Rydz
Losers: £3,000

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-6 Damon Heta
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

PDC Winter Series Day Three Draw: The First Round line-up for Players Championship 21

The draw for the third PDC Winter Series event has been confirmed, with 128 players competing in Coventry.

A total of 128 players will compete across all five days in Coventry, with PDC Tour Card holders joined by several Associate Members.

The PDC Winter Series, which takes place from November 10-14, will feature ranked Players Championship events on five consecutive days.

As with all previous Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the PDC Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit and Players Championship Order of Merit.

In addition, the winner of the Winter Series Order of Merit – based on prize money won across the five days – will qualify for next week’s Grand Slam of Darts.

The field is headed by reigning World Champion Peter Wright, while Premier League champion Glen Durrant and fellow box office stars Nathan Aspinall, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price are also in action.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross, Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Portugal’s Jose De Sousa also feature.

Play commences at 2pm GMT, with all matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 legs, while Semi-Finals are best of 13 and the final is best of 15.

Matches from two streaming boards available to watch exclusively live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series 2020 Event Three Draw

Thursday November 12

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

PDC Winter Series Day Two Draw: The First Round line-up for Players Championship 20

A total of 128 players will compete across all five days in Coventry, with PDC Tour Card holders joined by several Associate Members.

The PDC Winter Series, which takes place from November 10-14, will feature ranked Players Championship events on five consecutive days.

As with all previous Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the PDC Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit and Players Championship Order of Merit.

In addition, the winner of the Winter Series Order of Merit – based on prize money won across the five days – will qualify for next week’s Grand Slam of Darts.

The field is headed by world number one Michael van Gerwen, who is looking to end his title drought, and reigning World Champion Peter Wright.

Premier League champion Glen Durrant and fellow box office stars Nathan Aspinall, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price are also in action.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross, Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Portugal’s Jose De Sousa also feature.

Play commences at 2pm GMT, with all matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 legs, while Semi-Finals are best of 13 and the final is best of 15.

Matches from two streaming boards available to watch exclusively live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series 2020 Event One Draw

Wednesday November 11

First Round

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

Michael Smith ends two-year title drought at the PDC Winter Series

Michael Smith ended his two-year wait for a PDC title by claiming glory in the opening Winter Series event in Coventry on Tuesday.

Smith had suffered ten consecutive defeats in finals since his last ranking triumph at a Players Championship event in April 2018.

The world number four, who was beaten by Wales’ Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton in Sunday’s World Cup of Darts final for England alongside Rob Cross, made the perfect return to action less than 48 hours later.

Smith recorded three ton-plus averages in his opening four wins at the Ricoh Arena before digging deep in the latter stages to clinch the £10,000 title.

“It means everything to me to win this,” said an emotional Smith.

“I said to Ian White ‘I’m winning one of these titles this week no matter what’ and I’ve done it on Day One.

“I don’t give up. I believe in myself 100 per cent and this shows what you can achieve in life if you carry on.

“I’ve been averaging 100 all day until the final but I don’t care, I’ve finally got a ProTour win to my name after so long.”

Smith began his run with a 103.5 average in a 6-3 win over Callan Rydz before defeating Croatia’s Boris Krcmar 6-2.

He then averaged 105.8 in defeating Ryan Murray by the same scoreline before defying a staggering 108.6 average from Joe Cullen with a 103.5 of his own to prevail 6-4 in the Last 16.

The St Helens ace then dispatched Conan Whitehead 6-2 before battling back from 3-1 down to see off in-form Jose De Sousa 7-5 in the Semi-Finals.

The final was played at a frenetic pace and saw Smith hit the ground running with a sensational 170 checkout to break throw in the opening leg.

He then doubled his lead before Wattimena took out 96 and finished double one to level up, though a 103 checkout in response moved Smith 3-2 in front.

Wattimena restored parity again before Smith finished 90 on the bullseye and followed up with a 72 checkout to make it 5-3.

A 106 checkout kept the Dutchman in close order but only to bust his finish twice in the following leg and miss the chance to level.

Wattimena did peg back to just 6-5 behind, and after the pair traded legs once again, Smith picked out tops in leg 14 to complete the victory.

Wattimena’s wait for a maiden PDC crown goes on, but by reaching his third ranking final the Dutchman has boosted his chances of reaching next week’s Grand Slam of Darts as the highest-ranked non-automatic qualifier on the Winter Series Order of Merit.

The first of five consecutive Players Championship events at the Ricoh Arena also saw notable success for Conan Whitehead, who reached his first ProTour Quarter-Final since winning his Tour Card in 2019.

There was a shock early exit for Premier League champion Glen Durrant as he went down 6-5 to Jan Dekker on his return to competitive action.

World Cup winner Gerwyn Price was beaten by Martin Schindler – who averaged 103.5 in an inspired Second Round display.

De Sousa’s run to the Semi-Finals saw him register a trio of ton-plus averages, including a 107.6 in a 6-3 win over Peter Wright in the Quarter-Finals.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series 2020 Event One Results

Tuesday November 10

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

Second Round
Martin Schindler 6-2 Gerwyn Price
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Alan Tabern
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Kevin Doets
Jim Williams 6-4 Steve Beaton
Scott Waites 6-2 Devon Petersen
Simon Stevenson 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Luke Humphries 6-5 Andy Hamilton
James Wade 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Toni Alcinas 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Rob Cross 6-4 Jason Lowe
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 John Henderson
Damon Heta 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Jan Dekker
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Derk Telnekes
Peter Wright 6-1 Niels Zonneveld
Adam Hunt 6-4 Chris Dobey
Gavin Carlin 6-4 Ricky Evans
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Keegan Brown
Andy Boulton 6-5 Ross Smith
Danny Noppert 6-5 Steve Lennon
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Christian Bunse
Scott Taylor 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
William Borland 6-5 William O’Connor
Keane Barry 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Conan Whitehead 6-4 Mervyn King
Joe Cullen 6-0 Mark McGeeney
James Wilson 6-3 Madars Razma
Michael Smith 6-2 Boris Krcmar
Ryan Murray 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Losers: £500

Last 32
Vincent van der Voort 6-0 Martin Schindler
Jim Williams 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Simon Stevenson 6-4 Scott Waites
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Luke Humphries
Toni Alcinas 6-2 James Wade
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Rob Cross
Damon Heta 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 6-2 Adam Hunt
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Gavin Carlin
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Andy Boulton
Danny Noppert 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
William Borland 6-5 Scott Taylor
Conan Whitehead 6-5 Keane Barry
Joe Cullen 6-5 James Wilson
Michael Smith 6-2 Ryan Murray
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Jim Williams
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Simon Stevenson
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Toni Alcinas
Damon Heta 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp
Peter Wright 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Danny Noppert
Conan Whitehead 6-2 William Borland
Michael Smith 6-4 Joe Cullen
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Damon Heta
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Peter Wright
Michael Smith 6-2 Conan Whitehead
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Jermaine Wattimena 7-3 Brendan Dolan
Michael Smith 7-5 Jose De Sousa
Losers: £3,000

Final
Michael Smith 8-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

PDC Winter Series Day One Draw: The First Round line-up for Players Championship 19

The draw for the opening PDC Winter Series event has been confirmed, with 128 players competing in Coventry.

A total of 128 players will compete across all five days in Coventry, with PDC Tour Card holders joined by several Associate Members.

The PDC Winter Series, which takes place from November 10-14, will feature ranked Players Championship events on five consecutive days.

As with all previous Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the PDC Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit and Players Championship Order of Merit.

In addition, the winner of the Winter Series Order of Merit – based on prize money won across the five days – will qualify for next week’s Grand Slam of Darts.

The field is headed by world number one Michael van Gerwen, who is looking to end his title drought, and reigning World Champion Peter Wright.

Premier League champion Glen Durrant and fellow box office stars Nathan Aspinall, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price are also in action.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross, Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Portugal’s Jose De Sousa also feature.

Play commences at 2pm GMT, with all matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 legs, while Semi-Finals are best of 13 and the final is best of 15.

Matches from two streaming boards available to watch exclusively live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

WATCH THE PDC WINTER SERIES STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

PDC Winter Series 2020 Event One Draw

Tuesday November 10

First Round

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

PDC Winter Series live stream: How to watch live online

Players Championship action resumes with the PDC Winter Series, and selected matches from all five events are available to watch exclusively live online.

A total of 128 players will compete across all five days in Coventry, with PDC Tour Card holders joined by several Associate Members.

The PDC Winter Series, which takes place from November 10-14, will feature ranked Players Championship events on five consecutive days.

As with all previous Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the PDC Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit and Players Championship Order of Merit.

In addition, the winner of the Winter Series Order of Merit – based on prize money won across the five days – will qualify for next week’s Grand Slam of Darts.

The field is headed by world number one Michael van Gerwen, who is looking to end his title drought, and reigning World Champion Peter Wright.

Premier League champion Glen Durrant and fellow box office stars Nathan Aspinall, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price are also in action.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross, Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Portugal’s Jose De Sousa also feature.

Each event commences at 12pm GMT, with matches from two streaming boards available to watch live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

How to watch the PDC Winter Series streamed live online

1) Go to Bet365.com via this special link

2) Register an account and make a first deposit up to £100 to receive up to £100 in Bet Credits (18+ only, T&Cs apply)

3) Once registered, go to the sports homepage and select ‘Extra’ from the top menu

4) Select ‘Live Streaming’ and choose ‘Darts’ from the event list