Players Championship events set to return with five-part Summer Series

The PDC ProTour is set to return in July with five Players Championship events on consecutive days in Milton Keynes.

The PDC has announced a ‘Summer Series’ featuring five live-streamed events from July 8-12, held behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena.

The intention is to stage five ranked Players Championships, however that is subject to the UK Government quarantine policy on overseas visitors.

As with all 2020 Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the relevant PDC Orders of Merit.

In the event that quarantine restrictions make it impractical for non-UK players to travel to the events, the PDC will announce a revised schedule of non-ranked events for the same dates.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Prior to the Home Tour, I outlined the three-stage plan for the return of darts, starting with events played remotely, followed by events played behind closed doors, before events can be played in front of crowds.

“I am delighted that we are now able to move on to the second stage of that plan, and hopefully we will be able to safely welcome crowds back to our events in the not-too-distant future.

“The PDC Summer Series will provide a welcome return of live darts for both players and fans alike, and I’m sure the event will whet the appetite for the prestigious Betfred World Matchplay.

“We appreciate the patience of our players in recent weeks as we worked to secure these events, and further details will be confirmed to them in due course.”

The PDC intend to confirm the dates and proposed format of the events so that players can begin to prepare for a return to competitive events and plan accordingly.

Live Darts understands the Marshall Arena remains first choice to replace the Winter Gardens as host venue for the World Matchplay in late July should no crowd be permitted in Blackpool.

Should the Summer Series constitute ranked events as planned, prize money will count towards qualification for the World Matchplay.

April’s darting schedule decimated by further postponements

Two Players Championship weekends, European Tour qualifiers and four Challenge Tour events are among the latest raft of postponements due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The PDC announced on Thursday that several events scheduled for April have been called off but have vowed they will be re-arranged.

The Players Championship double-header in Barnsley from April 4-5, as well as the subsequent European Tour qualifiers on April 6, are the first to be affected.

The Challenge Tour weekend in Wigan from April 10-12, comprised of events 5-8, is also postponed, in addition to the Euro Tour 7 qualifier on April 17 and the subsequent Players Championship weekend.

The rescheduled dates are to be confirmed in due course, with the three postponed European Tour events which had been set for March and April already rearranged for later in the year.

It is expected that all scheduled Unibet Premier League nights in April are to be postponed, with the double-header in Rotterdam having already been rescheduled for September and the night in Newcastle set for October 1.

Players Championship and Development Tour double-headers in March postponed

The forthcoming PDC Development Tour events on March 21-22 and the Players Championship weekend on March 28-29 have been postponed.

Three Unibet Premier League nights and a trio of PDC European Tour events have already been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

With restrictions being implemented in the UK alongside further worldwide measures, the PDC has also opted to postpone the next two weekends of non-televised events.

This means that the year’s second Development Tour weekend, which was set to feature four tournaments over two days in Wigan, as well as the new Players Championship double-header in Milton Keynes have now been postponed.

The Players Championship weekend was initially added to the calendar to replace the European Darts Open – which has now been rescheduled for August 7-9.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “The health and wellbeing of players, fans, officials and staff at events has been at the forefront of our thoughts over the past week during an unprecedented time for everyone worldwide.

“We issued precautionary measures around last week’s Premier League night in Liverpool and Players Championship events to keep everyone as safe as possible.

“However, following Monday’s announcements and further discussions with stakeholders including the PDPA and venues, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone involved in the sport to postpone the forthcoming Development Tour and Players Championship weekends during March.

“We had hoped to provide as many playing opportunities as possible for players in the coming weeks, and will work to rearrange these events during 2020.”

The next scheduled PDC event is the Premier League in Belfast on Thursday April 2, however it appears likely this will also be rescheduled as well as a series of subsequent events in April.

Players Championship 2020 Event Eight Draw: The First Round line-up for Sunday’s ProTour event in Barnsley

The draw for Players Championship Eight has been confirmed, with 128 players battling it out in Barnsley.

The eighth of 30 Players Championship events to be held across the year will feature 128 players competing at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday March 15.

The event carries a total prize fund of £75,000, with money acquired counting towards both the ProTour Order of Merit and main Order of Merit.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be out to clinch his first ProTour title of the season, while World Champion Peter Wright and World Matchplay champion Rob Cross also feature.

Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall and Ryan Searle are bidding to follow up their triumphs in previous weekends, while the likes of Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Ian White are also in action.

In-form Dirk van Duijvenbode, Jamie Hughes, Gabriel Clemens and Devon Petersen will also be out to mount a challenge for glory.

Play commences at 12pm GMT, with 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.

WATCH PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

Players Championship Eight Draw

Sunday March 15

First Round

Michael van Gerwen v Maik Kuivenhoven
Mike van Duivenbode v Gavin Carlin
Darren Webster v Scott Waites
Alan Tabern v Gary Blades
Steve Beaton v Derk Telnekes
Marko Kantele v Graham Usher
Jose De Sousa v Daniel Ayres
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Adam Hunt
Joe Cullen v Jamie Lewis
Arjan Konterman v Luke Woodhouse
Gabriel Clemens v Jeff Smith
Martin Schindler v Mickey Mansell
Glen Durrant v Ryan Murray
Connor Scutt v Robert Thornton
Chris Dobey v Scott Mitchell
Steve Lennon v Ryan Meikle
James Wade v Wesley Harms
James Hubbard v Jason Lowe
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Nathan Derry
Ciaran Teehan v Jim Walker
Jonny Clayton v Barrie Bates
Nick Kenny v Josh Payne
Danny Noppert v Richard North
Martijn Kleermaker v Luke Humphries
Daryl Gurney v Vincent Van der Meer
Steve West v Peter Jacques
Justin Pipe v Carl Wilkinson
Harry Ward v Niels Zonneveld
Rob Cross v Conan Whitehead
Steve Brown v Matthew Edgar
Keegan Brown v Kirk Shepherd
Kai Fan Leung v Michael Barnard
Ian White v William Borland
Aaron Beeney v Diogo Portela
John Henderson v Lisa Ashton
Robert Collins v Mark McGeeney
Jermaine Wattimena v Dom Taylor
Gary Anderson v Andy Hamilton
Stephen Bunting v Ross Smith
Stu Wilson v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Dave Chisnall v Adam Huckvale
Darren Penhall v Andrew Gilding
Mervyn King v Simon Stevenson
Jelle Klaasen v Benito van de Pas
Jamie Hughes v Geert Nentjes
David Pallett v Jonathan Worsley
Vincent van der Voort v Christian Bunse
Kyle Anderson v Damon Heta
Peter Wright v Colin Osborne
Scott Taylor v Reece Robinson
William O’Connor v Scott Baker
Ryan Searle v Bradley Brooks
Jeffrey De Zwaan v Mike De Decker
Ron Meulenkamp v Jan Dekker
Brendan Dolan v Devon Petersen
Adrian Gray v Kim Huybrechts
Nathan Aspinall v Madars Razma
Ted Evetts v Carl Hamilton
Ricky Evans v Jitse Van der Wal
Darius Labanauskas v Eddie Lovely
Michael Smith v Andy Boulton
James Wilson v Wayne Jones
Simon Whitlock v Ryan Joyce
Joe Murnan v Brian Raman

Players Championship darts events 7-8 live stream: How to watch exclusively live online

Players Championship darts returns to Barnsley this weekend and selected matches are available to watch exclusively live online.

The seventh and eighth of 30 Players Championship events to be held across the season will feature 128 players competing at the Barnsley Metrodome on March 14 and 15.

Each event carries a total prize fund of £75,000, with money acquired counting towards both the ProTour Order of Merit and main Order of Merit.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be out to clinch his first Players Championship title of the season, while World Champion Peter Wright, World Matchplay champion Rob Cross and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price also feature.

Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall and Krzysztof Ratajski are bidding to follow up their triumphs in previous weekends, while the likes of Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Ian White are also in action.

In-form Dirk van Duijvenbode, Jamie Hughes, Gabriel Clemens and Devon Petersen will also be out to mount a challenge for glory.

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 Players Championship Darts 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 ‘live streaming’ from the top menu

4) The live streaming window will open, choose ‘Darts’ from the list and select the match in progress

Players Championship 2020 Event Seven Draw: The First Round line-up for Saturday’s ProTour event in Barnsley

The draw for the seventh Players Championship event of the season has been confirmed, with 128 players in action in Barnsley.

The seventh of 30 Players Championship events to be held across the year will feature 128 players competing at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday March 14.

The event carries a total prize fund of £75,000, with money acquired counting towards both the ProTour Order of Merit and main Order of Merit.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be out to clinch his first ProTour title of the season, while World Champion Peter Wright, World Matchplay champion Rob Cross and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price also feature.

Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall and Krzysztof Ratajski are bidding to follow up their triumphs in previous weekends, while the likes of Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Ian White are also in action.

In-form Dirk van Duijvenbode, Jamie Hughes, Gabriel Clemens and Devon Petersen will also be out to mount a challenge for glory.

Play commences at 12pm GMT, with 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.

WATCH PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

Players Championship Seven Draw

Saturday March 14

First Round

Board One
Van Gerwen, Michael vs Heta, Damon
Raman, Brian vs West, Steve
Henderson, John vs Baker, Scott
Smith, Ross vs Klaasen, Jelle

Board Two
Wattimena, Jermaine vs Penhall, Darren
Murnan, Joe vs Waites, Scott
Beaton, Steve vs Alcinas, Toni
Boulton, Andy vs Van der Meer, Vincent

Board Three
Aspinall, Nathan vs Tabern, Alan
Lewis, Jamie vs Nentjes, Geert
Dobey, Chris vs Pallett, David
Bates, Barrie vs Whitehead, Conan

Board Four
Cullen, Joe vs Kleermaker, Martijn
Harms, Wesley vs Blades, Gary
Van der Voort, Vincent vs Lennon, Steve
Anderson, Kyle vs Rydz, Callan

Board Five
Ratajski, Krzysztof vs Dekker, Jan
Collins, Robert vs Reyes, Cristo
Pipe, Justin vs Noguera, Jesus
Borland, William vs Webster, Darren

Board Six
Smith, Michael vs Van Duijvenbode, Dirk
Van de Pas, Benito vs Kuivenhoven, Maik
Brown, Keegan vs Labanauskas, Darius
Humphries, Luke vs McGeeney, Mark

Board Seven
Gurney, Daryl vs Jones, Wayne
Siepmann, Steffen vs Van Duivenbode, Mike
King, Mervyn vs Lowe, Jason
Wilson, Stu vs Woodhouse, Luke

Board Eight
Cross, Rob vs Jacques, Peter
Van der Wal, Jitse vs Kenny, Nick
Noppert, Danny vs Edgar, Matthew
Evetts, Ted vs Meulenkamp, Ron

Board Nine
White, Ian vs Smith, Jeff
Huybrechts, Kim vs Payne, Josh
O’Connor, William vs Usher, Graham
De Decker, Mike vs Beeney, Aaron

Board 10
De Zwaan, Jeffrey vs Wilkinson, Carl
Stevenson, Simon vs Hubbard, James
De Sousa, Jose vs Petersen, Devon
Leung, Kai Fan vs Wilson, James

Board 11
Wade, James vs Robinson, Reece
Mansell, Mickey vs Worsley, Jonathan
Clemens, Gabriel vs Ashton, Lisa
Gilding, Andrew vs Ward, Harry

Board 12
Durrant, Glen vs Mitchell, Scott
Joyce, Ryan vs Thornton, Robert
Whitlock, Simon vs Razma, Madars
Carlin, Gavin vs Huckvale, Adam

Board 13
Wright, Peter vs Derry, Nathan
Konterman, Arjan vs Shepherd, Kirk
Van den Bergh, Dimitri vs Lovely, Eddie
Kantele, Marko vs Hunt, Adam

Board 14
Clayton, Jonny vs Taylor, Scott
Telnekes, Derk vs Barnard, Michael
Bunting, Stephen vs Anderson, Gary
Rodriguez, Rowby-John vs Brooks, Bradley

Board 15
Chisnall, Dave vs Brown, Steve
Schindler, Martin vs North, Richard
Evans, Ricky vs Murray, Ryan
Meikle, Ryan vs Hamilton, Andy

Board 16
Hughes, Jamie vs Searle, Ryan
Teehan, Ciaran vs Bunse, Christian
Dolan, Brendan vs Gray, Adrian
Kciuk, Krzysztof vs Zonneveld, Niels

Players Championship 2020 Event Six Draw: The First Round line-up for Sunday’s ProTour event in Wigan

The draw for the sixth Players Championship event of the season has been confirmed, with 128 players in action in Wigan.

The sixth of 30 Players Championship events to be held across the season will feature 128 players competing at the Robin Park Sports Centre on Sunday February 23.

The event carries a total prize fund of £75,000, with money acquired counting towards both the ProTour Order of Merit and main Order of Merit.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be out to clinch the first ranking title of the season, while World Champion Peter Wright, World Matchplay champion Rob Cross and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price also feature.

Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Ryan Searle and Krzysztof Ratajski are bidding to follow up their triumphs in previous weekends, while the likes of Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Ian White also feature.

PDC newcomers including Scott Waites, Lisa Ashton, Nick Kenny, Martijn Kleermaker and Wesley Harms will also be out to make an impact.

Play commences at 12pm GMT, with 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.

WATCH PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

Players Championship Six Draw

Sunday February 23

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

Players Championship 2020 Event Five Draw: The First Round line-up for Saturday’s ProTour event in Wigan

The draw for the fifth Players Championship event of the season has been confirmed, with 128 players in action in Wigan.

The fifth of 30 Players Championship events to be held across the season will feature 128 players competing at the Robin Park Sports Centre on Saturday February 22.

The event carries a total prize fund of £75,000, with money acquired counting towards both the ProTour Order of Merit and main Order of Merit.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be out to clinch the first ranking title of the season, while World Champion Peter Wright, World Matchplay champion Rob Cross and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price also feature.

Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Ryan Searle and Krzysztof Ratajski are bidding to follow up their triumphs in previous weekends, while the likes of Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Ian White also feature.

PDC newcomers including Scott Waites, Lisa Ashton, Nick Kenny, Martijn Kleermaker and Wesley Harms will also be out to make an impact.

Play commences at 12pm GMT, with 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.

WATCH PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

Players Championship Five Draw

Saturday February 22

First Round

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

Players Championship darts events 5-6 live stream: How to watch exclusively live online

Players Championship darts continues in Wigan this weekend and selected matches are available to watch exclusively live online.

The fifth and sixth of 30 Players Championship events to be held across the season will feature 128 players competing at the Robin Park Sports Centre on February 22 and 23.

Each event carries a total prize fund of £75,000, with money acquired counting towards both the ProTour Order of Merit and main Order of Merit.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be out to clinch the first ranking title of the season, while World Champion Peter Wright, World Matchplay champion Rob Cross and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price also feature.

Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Ryan Searle and Krzysztof Ratajski are bidding to follow up their triumphs in previous weekends, while the likes of Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Ian White also feature.

PDC newcomers including Scott Waites, Lisa Ashton, Nick Kenny, Martijn Kleermaker and Wesley Harms will also be out to make an impact.

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.

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How to watch Players Championship Darts 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 ‘live streaming’ from the top menu

4) The live streaming window will open, choose ‘Darts’ from the list and select the match in progress

Rampant Ratajski claims Players Championship Four title

Krzysztof Ratajski secured his sixth PDC ranking title at Players Championship Four courtesy of a dramatic 8-7 win over Ian White in the final in Wigan on Sunday.

Ratajski, who claimed a brace of Players Championship titles in 2018 and 2019 as well as the Gibraltar Trophy, opened his account for the new season with an impressive success at the Robin Park Sports Centre.

The Polish number one came through three last-leg deciders on the way to clinching the £10,000 title, including a gripping final against Stoke star White.

“When Ian took out 155 it was a terrible moment for me, it made it really hard,” said Ratajski.

“This tournament was sometimes lucky for me, I won a few games 6-5 and I survived match darts twice.

“But then I played very well with averages over 100 and I feel very comfortable with the new darts I am playing with.

“I hope this will be my best season. Last season was brilliant and I hope this one will be even better.”

The first six legs of the final were each won with the throw before Ratajski gained the first break with double 16 to lead 4-3.

He then followed up with a hold to move two clear, maintaining that advantage until 7-5, before White landed double eight in leg 13 and produced a sensational 155 checkout to force a decider with the Pole waiting on tops for the match.

Ratajski, though, missed the bull for a 170 checkout in the decider but returned to hit double eight to seal the deal.

He began his run to the final with a narrow 6-5 win over Mickey Mansell before overcoming Challenge Tour top-up Robert Collins 6-4.

The Polish Eagle then dispatched Vincent van der Voort 6-3 before holding his nerve to edge out Welsh newcomer Nick Kenny 6-5 with a 104.5 average.

Ratajski increased his average to 106.5 in seeing off German ace Gabriel Clemens 6-4 in the Quarter-Finals and followed up with a 103 average in a 7-2 rout of Danny Noppert.

Noppert had earlier knocked out Dutch rival Michael van Gerwen with a 6-4 scalp in the Quarter-Finals, following on from his nine-dart exploits on Saturday.

A resurgent Maik Kuivenhoven reached his second ProTour Quarter-Final of the season, where he was beaten 6-2 by Peter Wright – who averaged 112.8.

Despite a 103.8 average, Wright’s run ended at the Semi-Final stage at the hands of a rock solid White in a last-leg decider.

Players Championship Four Results

Sunday February 16

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

Second Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ryan Murray
Ross Smith 6-4 Marko Kantele
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Gary Anderson 6-1 Jonathan Worsley
James Wade 6-2 Harry Ward
Ryan Searle 6-4 Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Robert Thornton
Danny Noppert 6-2 Christian Bunse
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Robert Collins
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Nick Kenny 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Conan Whitehead 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Toni Alcinas 6-3 Harald Leitinger
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Madars Razma 6-5 Mike De Decker
Ian White 6-3 Martin Schindler
Alan Tabern 6-5 John Henderson
Jamie Hughes 6-2 Wesley Harms
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Steve Lennon
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Joe Murnan
Glen Durrant 6-5 Jesus Noguera
James Wilson 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright 6-1 Gary Blades
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Rob Cross
Luke Humphries 6-4 Jose De Sousa
Daniel Larsson 6-3 Gavin Carlin
David Pallett 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Joe Cullen
Jason Lowe 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Losers: £500

Last 32
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Ross Smith
Gary Anderson 6-3 Andrew Gilding
James Wade 6-1 Ryan Searle
Danny Noppert 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Nick Kenny 6-3 Conan Whitehead
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Toni Alcinas
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Madars Razma
Ian White 6-5 Alan Tabern
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Glen Durrant 6-3 James Wilson
Peter Wright 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Karel Sedlacek 6-0 Luke Humphries
Daniel Larsson 6-4 David Pallett
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Jason Lowe
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gary Anderson
Danny Noppert 6-3 James Wade
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Nick Kenny
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Ian White 6-4 Jamie Hughes
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Glen Durrant
Peter Wright 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 Daniel Larsson
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Danny Noppert 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Ian White 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Krzysztof Ratajski 7-2 Danny Noppert
Ian White 7-6 Peter Wright
Losers: £3,000

Final
Krzysztof Ratajski 8-7 Ian White
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

Players Championship 2020 Event Four Draw: The First Round line-up for Sunday’s ProTour event in Wigan

The draw for the fourth Players Championship event of the season has been confirmed, with 128 players returning to action in Wigan.

The fourth of 30 Players Championship events to be held across the season will feature 128 players competing at the Robin Park Sports Centre on February 16.

The event carries a total prize fund of £75,000, with money acquired counting towards both the ProTour Order of Merit and main Order of Merit.

All but one of the 128 Tour Card holders are in action, with Kyle Anderson’s withdrawal meaning Scott Mitchell steps in as the leader of the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

World number one Michael van Gerwen will be out to clinch the first ranking title of the season, while World Champion Peter Wright, World Matchplay champion Rob Cross and Gary Anderson also feature.

Players Championship two winner Nathan Aspinall is also in action, as are the likes of Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Ian White.

Play commences at 12pm GMT, with 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.

WATCH PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS STREAMED LIVE HERE (18+)

Players Championship Four Draw

Saturday February 15

First Round

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