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DARYL GURNEY – 2018 Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals

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LADBROKES PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 BUTLINS LEISURE RESORT, MINEHEAD,SOMERSET FINAL DARYL GURNEY V MICHAEL VAN GERWEN DARYL GURNEY WINS
DARYL GURNEY claimed the 2018 Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals title with a dramatic 11-9 victory over Michael van Gerwen on Sunday in Minehead.

 

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LADBROKES PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
BUTLINS LEISURE RESORT,
MINEHEAD, SOMERSET
FINAL
DARYL GURNEY V MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
DARYL GURNEY IN ACTION

 

 

 

An incredible finish to the £460,000 tournament saw Gurney show incredible resilience as he fought back from 9-8 down to win the final three legs for one of the biggest wins of his career.

There were tears of joy for emotional Gurney, who clinched the £100,000 title with a spectacular 85 checkout on the bullseye to end Van Gerwen’s three-year reign as champion in the event.

 

“I’m over the moon with that win, it means to much to me,” said former World Grand Prix champion Gurney.

 

“That was the best bullseye I’ve ever hit in my life, I was determined to make sure we didn’t go to a deciding leg and I was relieved to see it go in.

 

“I knew I was playing well, I was hitting everything in practice and after a sticky start I straightened up my throw and I grew in confidence from there.

 

“To win this tournament is an unbelievable feeling and I’m going to enjoy this moment.”

A tight opening to the final saw the first 12 legs all won on throw, before Van Gerwen took out 88 for a first break of the contest, only for a tenacious Gurney to break straight back.

 

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LADBROKES PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
BUTLINS LEISURE RESORT,
MINEHEAD, SOMERSET
FINAL
DARYL GURNEY V MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
DARYL GURNEY WINS

 

World number one Van Gerwen broke throw once again to go 9-8 up, only for Gurney to show nerves of steel, taking out 88 in two darts to level at 9-9.

Gurney took out 32 to hold throw and go within a leg of the title, before a stunning 85 finish on the bull sealed a sensational win for the world number five.

For Van Gerwen it was a first televised ranking final defeat in 15 matches, but the Dutchman was keen to acknowledge the achievement of his rival.

 

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LADBROKES PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
BUTLINS LEISURE RESORT,
MINEHEAD, SOMERSET
FINAL
DARYL GURNEY V MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN

 

“I think he played a phenomenal game,” said Van Gerwen, who avenged his Grand Slam of Darts loss to Gary Anderson in the semi-finals.

 

“To be fair I think I let myself down and Daryl punished me because my performance was not 100 per cent.”

A dramatic day at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort had also seen Gurney overcome Chris Dobey and Danny Noppert to book his spot in a third TV final.

Van Gerwen and Anderson produced a thriller in the semi-finals, while Stephen Bunting, Jonny Clayton and Steve Lennon – on his 25th birthday – were knocked out alongside Dobey in the quarter-finals.

Belgium’s Dimitri Van den Bergh also enjoyed success on the Minehead stage as he retained the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship title, defeating Martin Schindler 6-3 in the final.

Attention on the PDC circuit now switches to the build-up to the William Hill World Darts Championship, which will begin on December 13 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

2018 Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals

Friday November 23

First Round

Afternoon Session

Main Stage

Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Jelle Klaasen

Max Hopp 6-4 Steve West

Keegan Brown 6-3 Benito van de Pas

Adrian Lewis 6-2 Adam Hunt

Simon Whitlock 6-4 Kyle Anderson

Daryl Gurney 6-3 Robert Thornton

James Wade 6-4 Ross Smith

Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jamie Lewis

Stage Two

Brendan Dolan 6-4 Michael Barnard

Ryan Searle 6-2 Josh Payne

Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Martin Schindler

Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Andrew Gilding

Steve Lennon 6-2 Ryan Joyce

Mervyn King 6-4 Simon Stevenson

Stephen Bunting 6-5 Richard North

Madars Razma 6-4 Mickey Mansell

Evening Session

Main Stage

Ian White 6-2 Scott Taylor

Gary Anderson 6-2 Alan Tabern

Cristo Reyes 6-1 Rob Cross

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Gerwyn Price

Peter Wright 6-2 Toni Alcinas

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Matthew Edgar

Michael Smith 6-0 Vincent van der Voort

Stage Two

Stephen Burton 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena

Joe Cullen 6-5 John Henderson

Jonny Clayton 6-3 Mark Webster

Ricky Evans 6-3 Jan Dekker

James Wilson 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Danny Noppert 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Chris Dobey 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp

Darren Webster 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf

Steve Beaton 6-5 Kim Huybrechts

Saturday November 24

Afternoon Session

Second Round

Main Stage

Daryl Gurney 6-5 Ryan Searle

James Wade 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Chris Dobey 6-3 Dave Chisnall

Steve Lennon 6-5 Cristo Reyes

Gary Anderson 6-1 Simon Whitlock

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Keegan Brown

Peter Wright 6-2 Max Hopp

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Adrian Lewis

Stage Two

Stephen Bunting 6-4 Madars Razma

Gabriel Clemens 6-5 James Wilson

Ricky Evans 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Stephen Burton 6-3 Darren Webster

Brendan Dolan 6-3 Ian White

Danny Noppert 6-5 Mervyn King

Jonny Clayton 6-5 Michael Smith

Joe Cullen 6-4 Steve Beaton

 

Evening Session

Third Round

Main Stage

Chris Dobey 10-9 James Wade

Gary Anderson 10-2 Joe Cullen

Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Stephen Burton

Stephen Bunting 10-9 Peter Wright

Stage Two

Steve Lennon 10-7 Gabriel Clemens

Daryl Gurney 10-6 Brendan Dolan

Jonny Clayton 10-5 Ricky Evans

Danny Noppert 10-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

Sunday November 25

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals

Daryl Gurney 10-2 Chris Dobey

Danny Noppert 10-7 Stephen Bunting

Gary Anderson 10-4 Jonny Clayton

Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Steve Lennon

Evening Session

Semi-Finals

Daryl Gurney 11-3 Danny Noppert

Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Gary Anderson

Final

Daryl Gurney 11-9 Michael van Gerwen