John Part wins Players championship

    John Part won his first Players Championship in four years with a
    brilliant whitewash win against Mark Walsh in Derby on Sunday.

    The Canadian, who has drifted out to 32nd in the PDC Order of Merit
    over the past two years, began his fightback to move back up the
    rankings with a fine showing at the Moorways Centre.

    Having missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish during Saturday’s
    Players Championship, Part continued the excellent form throughout
    Sunday’s £35,000 event.

    After overcoming Darren Johnson, Mark Dudbridge and Denis Ovens in the
    early rounds, he whitewashed Richie Burnett in the last 16 and then
    defeated in-form pair Jamie Caven and Wes Newton to reach his first
    final since last April.

    That appearance, in a UK Open Qualifier, had seen him lose 6-3 to Walsh
    but the three-time World Champion made amends with a superb
    performance,
    averaging 104.86 in a whitewash of the world number nine.

    Part hit a 180 in taking the opening leg and added a second maximum in
    a 12-darter to break Walsh’s throw, before hitting finishes of 14 and
    13
    darts to lead 4-0.

    Walsh missed two darts to get off the mark in the fifth, as Part
    followed up another maximum with double 18 to lead 5-0, before
    punishing
    three misses at double 12 from his opponent to seal the win on double
    15.

    “It’s a great feeling,” said Part. “It wasn’t too much much about
    revenge against Mark for the defeat in the final last year but it was
    in
    my mind that the week after that he also beat me in Derby 6-5, which
    kindof rubbed my nose in the dirt!

    “It does feel good but it’s nothing serious, I’m more happy just to
    have beaten him and won because I was really steady all day.

    “Maybe I got a bit lucky against Denis Ovens because I was 5-2 down and
    not scoring too well compared to my other games but I hung in there and
    won it, and I followed through to get to the final.”

    He added: “I always feel pressure coming into an event but once I got
    past the first round I didn’t feel any pressure when I got the run
    going,

    “The standard’s so high now but I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ve been
    there and done it, but am not up there at the moment, so nobody’s
    expecting me to win and I can enjoy it and play well.”

    Walsh was denied a PDC ProTour victory in Derby for the third
    successive year by the defeat, but had shown his class with a narrow
    6-5
    semi-final win over Mervyn King – who missed three match darts in a
    tight encounter.

    Walsh also edged out Andy Smith and Nick Fullwell 6-5 in the event, as
    well as defeating Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan 6-1 in the
    quarter-finals.

    Fleetwood’s in-form Wes Newton reached his second semi-final of the
    weekend, while St Helens’ Dave Chisnall continued his introduction to
    the PDC circuit with back-to-back quarter-finals in Derby.

    Chisnall, who also hit a nine-darter in German recently, had knocked
    out world number three James Wade 6-5 and defeated Ronnie Baxter before
    losing out to Newton.

    Coventry’s Scott Rand reached his first quarter-final on the PDC
    ProTour, including Steve Farmer, Peter Wright and Sweden’s Magnus Caris
    amongst his victims before losing to King.

    Saturday’s Players Championship winner Jamie Caven also reached the
    last eight before going down to Part, while Northern Ireland’s Michael
    Mansell was amongst the last 16.

    PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP 4 (DERBY, SUNDAY)
    First Round
    Simon Whitlock (1) Bye
    Wayne Mardle 6-1 Mike Nott
    Dennis Smith (32) 6-3 Matt Jackson
    Michael Mansell 6-1 Andy Jenkins
    Co Stompe (16) 6-3 Alex Roy
    Geoff Whitworth 6-5 Devon Petersen
    Mervyn King (17) 6-0 Tom Martin
    Martyn Turner 6-5 Jason Crawley
    Vincent van der Voort (8) 6-1 Adrian Gray
    Peter Wright 6-4 Nicky Bache
    Steve Farmer (25) 6-5 Andy Hutchings
    Scott Rand 6-4 Simon Jones
    Magnus Caris 6-3 Mark Webster (9)
    Dave Smith 6-4 Andy Brown
    Barrie Bates (24) 6-4 Mark Frost
    Wayne Atwood 6-1 Mark Jones
    Mark Walsh (5) 6-5 Nick Fullwell
    Jamie Atkins 6-3 Paul Rowley
    Paul Nicholson (28) 6-4 Steve Hine
    Shaun Griffiths 6-0 Paul Schofield
    Andy Hamilton (12) 6-5 Arron Monk
    Chris Aubrey 6-5 Mark Stephenson
    Andy Smith (21) 6-0 Jon Archer
    Shane O’Connor 6-4 John O’Shea
    Brendan Dolan 6-5 Gary Anderson (4)
    John MaGowan 6-3 Matthew Edgar
    Steve Brown (29) 6-3 Ryan Harrington
    Ken Dobson 6-1 Steve Grubb
    Dennis Priestley (13) 6-5 William O’Connor
    Aodhagan O’Neill 6-0 Ashley Holgate
    Steve Beaton (20) 6-0 Adam Smith-Neale
    Roland Scholten 6-1 Nigel Birch
    Wes Newton (2) Bye
    Mark Lawrence 6-0 Mike Roberts
    Tony Eccles (31) 6-4 Joe Cullen
    Antonio Alcinas 6-3 Darren Whittingham
    Wayne Jones (15) 6-0 Colin Monk
    Kevin McDine 6-5 Dyson Parody
    Kevin Painter (18) 6-2 Chris Thompson
    Nigel Heydon 6-1 Andy Pearson
    Ronnie Baxter (7) 6-1 Ryan Herrington
    Michael Rosenauer 6-2 Peter Hudson
    Justin Pipe (26) 6-2 Dave Honey
    Dave Chisnall 6-1 Stacy Bromberg
    James Wade (10) 6-5 Peter Manley
    Matt Padgett 6-4 Gary Eastwood
    Terry Jenkins (23) 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
    Tony Ayres 6-2 Ian Jopling
    Steve Maish 6-3 Colin Lloyd (6)
    Gary Welding 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
    Richie Burnett (27) 6-0 Dave Ladley
    Mark Hylton 6-3 Steve Evans
    Denis Ovens (11) 6-3 Terry Temple
    Dylan Duo 6-3 Nick Malkin
    Mark Dudbridge (22) 6-2 Steven Pearson
    John Part 6-4 Darren Johnson
    Jamie Caven (3) Bye
    Louis Blundell 6-3 James Richardson
    John Henderson 6-1 Jelle Klaasen (30)
    Prakash Jiwa 6-5 Mick Todd
    Alan Tabern (14) 6-1 Gary Mawson
    Kevin Dowling 6-3 Robert Thornton
    Colin Osborne (19) 6-4 Ian White
    Brian Woods 6-2 Mick McGowan

    Second Round
    Simon Whitlock 6-3 Wayne Mardle
    Michael Mansell 6-3 Dennis Smith
    Co Stompe 6-5 Geoff Whitworth
    Mervyn King 6-1 Martyn Turner
    Peter Wright 6-2 Vincent van der Voort
    Scott Rand 6-1 Steve Farmer
    Magnus Caris 6-4 Dave Smith
    Barrie Bates 6-4 Wayne Atwood
    Mark Walsh 6-2 Jamie Atkins
    Shaun Griffiths 6-5 Paul Nicholson
    Andy Hamilton 6-5 Chris Aubrey
    Andy Smith 6-2 Shane O’Connor
    Brendan Dolan 6-3 John MaGowan
    Steve Brown 6-3 Ken Dobson
    Dennis Priestley 6-1 Aodhagan O’Neill
    Roland Scholten 6-5 Steve Beaton
    Wes Newton 6-1 Mark Lawrence
    Tony Eccles 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
    Kevin McDine 6-3 Wayne Jones
    Nigel Heydon 6-2 Kevin Painter
    Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Michael Rosenauer
    Dave Chisnall 6-3 Justin Pipe
    James Wade 6-4 Matt Padgett
    Tony Ayres 6-3 Terry Jenkins
    Gary Welding 6-4 Steve Maish
    Richie Burnett 6-3 Mark Hylton
    Denis Ovens 6-2 Dylan Duo
    John Part 6-1 Mark Dudbridge
    Jamie Caven 6-2 Louis Blundell
    Prakash Jiwa 6-2 John Henderson
    Alan Tabern 6-3 Kevin Dowling
    Colin Osborne 6-4 Brian Woods
    Losers £200

    Third Round
    Michael Mansell 6-1 Simon Whitlock
    Mervyn King 6-4 Co Stompe
    Scott Rand 6-5 Peter Wright
    Magnus Caris 6-1 Barrie Bates
    Mark Walsh 6-3 Shaun Griffiths
    Andy Smith 6-4 Andy Hamilton
    Brendan Dolan 6-4 Steve Brown
    Dennis Priestley 6-3 Roland Scholten
    Wes Newton 6-4 Tony Eccles
    Kevin McDine 6-4 Nigel Heydon
    Dave Chisnall 6-1 Ronnie Baxter
    James Wade 6-3 Tony Ayres
    Richie Burnett 6-1 Gary Welding
    John Part 6-5 Denis Ovens
    Jamie Caven 6-0 Prakash Jiwa
    Alan Tabern 6-3 Colin Osborne
    Losers £400

    Fourth Round
    Mervyn King 6-0 Michael Mansell
    Scott Rand 6-4 Magnus Caris
    Mark Walsh 6-5 Andy Smith
    Brendan Dolan 6-3 Dennis Priestley
    Wes Newton 6-4 Kevin McDine
    Dave Chisnall 6-4 James Wade
    John Part 6-0 Richie Burnett
    Jamie Caven 6-4 Alan Tabern
    Losers £600

    Quarter-Finals
    Mervyn King 6-3 Scott Rand
    Mark Walsh 6-1 Brendan Dolan
    Wes Newton 6-4 Dave Chisnall
    John Part 6-2 Jamie Caven
    Losers £1,000

    Semi-Finals
    Mark Walsh 6-5 Mervyn King
    John Part 6-2 Wes Newton
    Losers £2,000

    Final
    John Part 6-0 Mark Walsh
    Winner £6,000
    Runner-Up £3,000

    Final – leg by leg
    0-1 – Part lands a 180 and double top to take the lead in 14 darts
    0-2 – Part breaks with a fine 12-darter, including another maximum and
    double seven to complete an 86 finish
    0-3 – Part finishes 62 in two darts to move three legs clear
    0-4 – Part breaks again with a 13-dart finish, featuring two 140s and
    double 18
    0-5 – Walsh misses with two darts to break back and get off the mark,
    and Part steps in, following an earlier 180 with double 18
    0-6 – Part misses double 15 for a 150 finish, but Walsh is unable to
    capitalise with three misses at double 12 and the Canadian hits double
    15 for a 14-darter and the win

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