Darts – Players Championship
Players Championship Final 1 – Norris v Jacques
Norris the surprise winner of the first round
Alan Norris and peter Jacques were the surprise finalists in the first round of the Players Championship in the Saturday tournament. Jacques a postman from Huddersfield, does not even have a tour card but had a wonderful run, but his luck ran out in the final. Norris hit a 180 with his first throw and took the lead with a 13 dart finish. He then took the next two legs before Jacques finally got on the board. Norris recovered however to take the next three with finished of 72 and 74 to take the win 6-1 and get off to a flying start in the overall standings.
Players Championship Final 2 – Anderson v Wright
Anderson wins battle of the Scots
Gary Anderson took his first ranking title of the year winning round 2 of the Players Championship in Barnsley. Facing fellow Scotsman Peter Wright in the final, he punished Wright for missing a double in the first leg and then raced away to a 4-0 lead. A 76 finish saw Wright get on the board but Anderson hit his third 180 and an 11 darter to hit straight back, going on to win the next to complete a 6-1 victory. Anderson has had a solid start to the season but this is his first ranking title, the first of many on this form.