Ross Smith joins Stephen Bunting and Chris Dobey in claiming victories in Coventry this week – the ultimate Players Championship of the week takes place on Thursday with the draw for the World Matchplay on Friday afternoon
Last Updated: 07/07/21 7:39pm
Ross Smith claimed his maiden PDC rating title at Players Championship 19 in Coventry on Wednesday, ending a seven-game shedding run towards Brendan Dolan within the ultimate.
A PDC Tour card holder since 2012, Smith lastly discovered his manner into the winners’ enclosure with an 8-4 victory over Dolan, having fallen quick to Michael Smith within the Players Championship 10 ultimate earlier this yr.
Smith got here into the ultimate absolutely conscious of his seven-match shedding file towards Dolan, statistically his hardest opponent within the subject primarily based on earlier information.
But the 2019 UK Open quarter-finalist, who claimed wins over world champions Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson earlier within the day, lastly obtained the higher of Dolan of their first assembly in a ultimate.
Super Series 5 – This Week’s Players Championship Finals
|Players Championship 17||Stephen Bunting 8-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh|
|Players Championship 18||Chris Dobey 8-7 Jose De Sousa|
|Players Championship 19||Ross Smith 8-4 Brendan Dolan|
“It feels like it’s taken me 50 years, I’ve been playing that long,” Smith joked. “I’m so happy to finally win a title, I’m bursting with pride.
“Beating Brendan is a large psychological hurdle I’ve overcome at the moment. I do know I can beat anybody on my day however what I’ve all the time struggled with is the consistency.
“I feel like for the first time in my career I’m starting to beat the big players and then kick on in my next game.
“I hope this could be a breakthrough second for me. Before this yr I had by no means made a ultimate, I’ve made two and one gained now so there is no cause why I can not make an impression at the World Matchplay.”
The 32-year-old, who will make his Betfred World Matchplay debut later this month, found a seemingly blocked bullseye from a wide angle to land a superb 135 break of throw to take a 4-2 lead.
After Dolan broke back, Smith found the same target two legs later, pinning the bull for a 91 checkout to break throw to regain his two-leg cushion at 5-3.
From there, Smith was able to hold throw before wrapping up victory with a 66 checkout in two darts, making no mistake on his favourite double 18 to wrap up the £10,000 title.
Players Championship Titles 2021
|3||Jose De Sousa|
|2||Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen, Peter Wright|
|1||Brendan Dolan, Gerwyn Price, Callan Rydz, Michael Smith|
|Raymond van Barneveld, Dimitri Van den Bergh|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode, Stephen Bunting, Chris Dobey|
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Already a Players Championship occasion winner in 2021, Dolan’s runner-up inserting sees him rise to thirty first on the PDC Order of Merit forward of his seventh World Matchplay look later this month.
The Northern Irishman defeated Michael Smith 6-2 with a 109.19 common within the quarter-finals earlier than seeing off Dimitri Van den Bergh, having edged previous Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 within the second spherical.
Premier League semi-finalist Van den Bergh continued his spectacular kind with the third nine-dart end of Super Series 5 in his 6-3 defeat of Jonny Clayton within the final 16.
Day Three additionally noticed the race to qualify for July’s Betfred World Matchplay proceed, with Tuesday’s Players Championship 18 winner Chris Dobey hanging onto the sixteenth ProfessionalTour Order of Merit qualifying spot.
No gamers within the chasing pack, together with the likes of former Winter Gardens runners-up Van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis, have been in a position to get pleasure from lengthy sufficient runs within the match to shut the hole on Dobey heading into the ultimate day earlier than the qualification cut-off.
Van Barneveld would wish to win Thursday’s £10,000 high prize to safe a Winter Gardens return, whereas Lewis and Steve Beaton additionally require victory in Players Championship 20 if they’re to keep their long-running look information within the World Matchplay.
Players Championship 19, Coventry
Ross Smith 8-4 Brendan Dolan
Ross Smith 7-2 Ryan Joyce
Brendan Dolan 7-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Keegan Brown
Ross Smith 6-1 Gary Anderson
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Nathan Aspinall
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Michael Smith
Darts is again in your Sky Sports screens in July, with 9 days of protection from the long-lasting Winter Gardens and the World Matchplay – the motion will get below manner on Saturday July 17
Source – SkySports