Menace Takes Wigan Title
DENNIS PRIESTLEY won the North-West Players Championship, defeating Colin Lloyd 6-1 in the final.
Priestley continued his superb run of form to reach a third final in as many events over the past two weekends.
Having lost to Robert Thornton twice in finals in Scotland last weekend, he this time claimed the £6,000 first prize at Wigan's Robin Park Tennis Centre.
Priestley defeated John Kuczynski and Kevin McDine 6-1 in his opening games, then saw off Justin Pipe 6-5.
Andy Smith, Michael van Gerwen and Wayne Jones were then dispatched to put him into his third final in as many events.
Lloyd shared the first two legs with Priestley, but a break of throw in the fourth put the veteran 3-1 up, and a 146 finish proved a killer blow, before he took the next two legs for victory.
Lloyd edged out Lancashire's Louis Blundell to reach the final, producing a 13-darter in the deciding leg of their semi-final.
Lloyd also won 6-5 against Co Stompe earlier in the competition, taking out 103 for victory after the Dutchman missed two darts for the match, while Anastasia Dobromyslova, Colin Osborne and Alan Tabern were other victims on the day.
Blundell whitewashed world number two James Wade and Mark Walsh to reach his first PDC Pro Tour semi-final, as well as taking 6-4 victories against Steve Maish, Peter Wright and Gary Mawson.
Wolverhampton's Wayne Jones was the other semi-finalist, taking out Mervyn King and last weekend's double-winner Robert Thornton as well as Kevin Painter in his best display of 2009.
Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld was defeated in a deciding leg by Wade at the last 16 stage on his first PDC Pro Tour appearance of the year.
North-West Players Championship Results
Stephen Hardy 6-1 Richie Burnett
Kirk Shepherd 6-5 Ian Perkins
Mark Jodrill 6-2 Alan Warriner-Little
Chris White 6-1 Ricky Williams
Stuart Bousfield 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Geoff Whitworth 6-3 Andy Fulton
Dave Ladley 6-4 Joey Palfreyman
Ian Lever 6-4 John Part
Stuart Dutton 6-2 Robert Watson-Lang
Gary Welding 6-5 Alan Caves
Ian Lilley 6-5 Lee Holden
Chris Thompson 6-2 Jan van der Rassel
Chris Allen 6-3 Jonathan Overton
Darren Latham 6-1 Jon Archer
Garry Spedding 6-5 Chris Loudon
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Tony Blundell
Gary Scratchley 6-4 Steve Lane
Geoff Wylie 6-4 Gary Anderson
Dave Smith 6-1 Gary Storey
Alan Tabern (1) 6-5 Dave Honey
Kevin Harris 6-2 Jimmy Dunlop
Jelle Klaasen (32) 6-3 Mark Stephenson
Stephen Hardy 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Bryan de Hoog 6-2 Vincent van der Voort (16)
Frazer Hill 6-1 Steve Cusick
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Adrian Lewis (17)
Chris Cooper 6-1 Mark Jodrill
Colin Osborne (8) 6-1 Russell Mason
Steve Evans 6-2 Owen Caffrey
Toon Greebe 6-4 Jamie Caven (25)
Jim Withers 6-1 Chris White
Colin Lloyd (9) 6-2 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Ken Dobson 6-0 Andy Mason
Mark Webster 6-1 Andy Jenkins (24)
Co Stompe 6-5 Stuart Bousfield
Peter Wright 6-4 Ronnie Baxter (5)
Louis Blundell 6-4 Gary Mawson
Steve Maish (28) 6-2 Darren Whittingham
Geoff Whitworth 6-0 Matt Gallett
Mark Walsh (12) 6-2 Steve Cupitt
Stuart Holden 6-1 Steve Perkins
Tony Eccles (21) 6-5 Steve Hine
Dave Ladley 6-3 John Quantock
James Wade (4) 6-3 Arron Monk
Sam Rooney 6-4 Norman Fletcher
Matt Clark (29) 6-2 Shaun Dring
Larry Butler 6-3 Ian Lever
Raymond van Barneveld (13) 6-3 Lee Williams
Richard Foster 6-1 Tony Ayres
Peter Manley (20) 6-2 Mark Tiller
Adrian Gray 6-5 Stuart Dutton
Robert Thornton (2) 6-2 Nigel Birch
Mark Frost 6-4 Robbie Parker
Wes Newton (31) 6-2 Ben Burton
Gary Welding 6-2 Ian Lilley
Kevin Painter (15) 6-0 Mike Roberts
Jason Clark 6-4 Mick McGowan
Wayne Jones (18) 6-5 John MaGowan
Chris Thompson 6-2 Ian Jopling
Mervyn King (7) 6-2 Colin Monk
Mark Lawrence 6-4 Darren Johnson
Steve Musson 6-5 Wayne Mardle (26)
Chris Allen 6-4 Robbie Newland
Andy Hamilton (10) 6-2 Dennis Zijderhand
Dennis Smith 6-1 Steve Grubb
Alex Roy (23) 6-1 Simon Craven
Darren Latham 6-4 David Fatum
Roland Scholten 6-3 Terry Jenkins (6)
Steve Brown 6-4 Nick Fullwell
Michael van Gerwen (27) 6-3 Dyson Parody
Garry Spedding 6-0 Steve Perry
Lionel Sams 6-2 Mark Dudbridge (11)
Michael Barnard 6-0 Andy Howarth
Steve Beaton (22) 6-1 Wayne Atwood
Barrie Bates 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Dennis Priestley (3) 6-1 John Kuczynski
Kevin McDine 6-0 Karl Loiseau
Justin Pipe 6-2 Chris Mason (30)
Gary Scratchley 6-3 Geoff Wylie
Denis Ovens (14) 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Martyn Turner 6-4 Andy Pearson
Andy Smith (19) 6-1 Robert Alford
Dave Smith 6-3 Andrew Davies
Alan Tabern 6-5 Kevin Harris
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Stephen Hardy
Bryan de Hoog 6-1 Frazer Hill
Chris Cooper 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Colin Osborne 6-2 Steve Evans
Toon Greebe 6-3 Jim Withers
Colin Lloyd 6-1 Ken Dobson
Co Stompe 6-2 Mark Webster
Louis Blundell 6-4 Peter Wright
Steve Maish 6-0 Geoff Whitworth
Mark Walsh 6-0 Stuart Holden
Tony Eccles 6-3 Dave Ladley
James Wade 6-2 Sam Rooney
Matt Clark 6-5 Larry Butler
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Richard Foster
Adrian Gray 6-4 Peter Manley
Robert Thornton 6-4 Mark Frost
Wes Newton 6-5 Gary Welding
Kevin Painter 6-0 Jason Clark
Wayne Jones 6-1 Chris Thompson
Mervyn King 6-4 Mark Lawrence
Chris Allen 6-2 Steve Musson
Dennis Smith 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Alex Roy 6-5 Darren Latham
Steve Brown 6-3 Roland Scholten
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Garry Spedding
Michael Barnard 6-4 Lionel Sams
Steve Beaton 6-4 Barrie Bates
Dennis Priestley 6-1 Kevin McDine
Justin Pipe 6-3 Gary Scratchley
Denis Ovens 6-4 Martyn Turner
Andy Smith 6-4 Dave Smith
Alan Tabern 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Bryan de Hoog 6-5 Chris Cooper
Colin Osborne 6-1 Toon Greebe
Colin Lloyd 6-5 Co Stompe
Louis Blundell 6-4 Steve Maish
Mark Walsh 6-4 Tony Eccles
James Wade 6-4 Matt Clark
Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Adrian Gray
Robert Thornton 6-4 Wes Newton
Wayne Jones 6-2 Kevin Painter
Mervyn King 6-0 Chris Allen
Dennis Smith 6-2 Alex Roy
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Steve Brown
Steve Beaton 6-4 Michael Barnard
Dennis Priestley 6-5 Justin Pipe
Andy Smith 6-1 Denis Ovens
Alan Tabern 6-1 Bryan de Hoog
Colin Lloyd 6-2 Colin Osborne
Louis Blundell 6-0 Mark Walsh
James Wade 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Wayne Jones 6-4 Robert Thornton
Mervyn King 6-3 Dennis Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Steve Beaton
Dennis Priestley 6-4 Andy Smith
Colin Lloyd 6-2 Alan Tabern
Louis Blundell 6-0 James Wade
Wayne Jones 6-3 Mervyn King
Dennis Priestley 6-2 Michael van Gerwen
Colin Lloyd 6-5 Louis Blundell
Dennis Priestley 6-4 Wayne Jones
Dennis Priestley 6-1 Colin Lloyd
Chris Thompson sees off Jan van der Rassel 6-2, with Stuart Dutton defeating Robert Watson-Lang by the same scoreline.
America's Chris White wins 6-1 against Ricky Williams, and Brendan Dolan is 6-1 winner against Tony Blundell.
Stuart Bousfield knocks out World Championship quarter-finalist Paul Nicholson 6-3.
Two former major tournament winners are knocked out, with Richie Burnett losing to Stephen Hardy and Alan Warriner-Little defeated by Mark Jodrill.
Dave Smith enjoys win over Gary Storey.
John Part joins the list of early casualties with 6-4 loss to Ian Lever.
Dave Ladley sees off Joey Palfreyman 6-4, and Gary Scratchley wins by the same score against Steve Lane.
Gary Welding comes from behind to defeat Alan Caves in a deciding leg.
Garry Spedding is narrow winner against Chris Loudon.
Chris Allen edges out Jonathan Overton in a deciding leg.
Kirk Shepherd wins in a deciding leg against Ian Perkins.
Geoff Wylie knocks out Gary Anderson 6-4, with finishes of 120 and 101 ending the Scot's comeback from 4-0 down.
Ian Lilley defeats Lee Holden 6-5.
Kevin Painter whitewashes Mike Roberts to move into last 64.
Colin Lloyd takes 6-2 win against Anastasia Dobromyslova.
Bryan de Hoog wins all-Dutch opener with Vincent van der Voort.
Raymond van Barneveld makes winning return to PDC Pro Tour action, defeating Lee Williams 6-3.
Denis Ovens wins 6-2 against Kevin Dowling, and Lionel Sams defeats Mark Dudbridge by the same scoreline.
World number two James Wade is 6-3 winner against Arron Monk.
Andy Hamilton wins 6-2 against Dennis Zijderhand.
Roland Scholten celebrates his return from a shoulder operation with 6-3 win over Terry Jenkins.
Peter Wright overcomes Ronnie Baxter 6-4.
Mark Walsh is 6-2 winner against Steve Cupitt.
Jason Clark takes 6-4 win against Mick McGowan.
Colin Osborne opens with 6-1 win over Russell Mason, with Frazer Hill defeating Steve Cusick by the same score.
Ken Dobson and Richard Foster also open with victories.
Mervyn King and Steve Evans enjoy 6-2 wins over Colin Monk and Owen Caffrey respectively.
Alan Tabern, last year's Players Championship winner in Wigan, opens with narrow win over Dave Honey.
Mark Webster defeats Andy Jenkins 6-1 to progress to last 64.
Dennis Smith wins 6-1 against Steve Grubb in battle of World Championship qualifiers.
Michael Barnard whitewashes Andy Howarth 6-0, while Steve Brown is 6-4 winner against Nick Fullwell.
Dennis Priestley sees off John Kuczynski 6-1.
Toon Greebe is 6-4 winner against Jamie Caven.
Austrian Mensur Suljovic defeats Adrian Lewis in a deciding leg.
Tony Eccles is another 6-5 winner, against Steve Hine, and Co Stompe edges out Stuart Bousfield.
Kevin Harris is 6-2 winner against Jimmy Dunlop, and Jim Withers defeats Chris White 6-1.
Mark Frost overcomes Robbie Parker 6-4 and now meets last weekend's double-winner Robert Thornton.
Wayne Mardle suffers first round loss with 6-5 defeat to Steve Musson, and Adrian Gray edges out Stuart Dutton in a deciding leg.
Steve Maish is 6-2 winner against Darren Whittingham, while Alex Roy defeats Simon Craven 6-1.
Jelle Klaasen wins second round place with 6-3 defeat of Mark Stephenson.
Geoff Whitworth whitewashes Matt Gallett to set up clash with Steve Maish.
Larry Butler enjoys 6-3 victory against Ian Lever.
Wes Newton defeats Ben Burton 6-2, and Darren Latham is 6-4 winner against David Fatum.
Justin Pipe knocks out Chris Mason with 6-2 victory, and Chris Allen wins 6-4 against Robbie Newland.
Stephen Hardy overcomes Kirk Shepherd 6-2 and now meets Klaasen.
Gary Scratchley defeats Geoff Wylie 6-3 to set up second round contest with Justin Pipe.
Colin Lloyd is first man into round three with 6-1 win over Ken Dobson.
Colin Osborne enjoys 6-2 win over Steve Evans, and Dutch newcomer Bryan de Hoog is 6-1 winner against Frazer Hill.
Kevin Painter wins a second successive game 6-0, against Jason Clark.
Raymond van Barneveld moves into last 32 with 6-1 win over Richard Foster.
Steve Brown defeats Roland Scholten 6-3 to reach round three.
Denis Ovens is 6-4 winner against Martyn Turner.
Co Stompe overcomes Mark Webster 6-2 and now takes on Lloyd.
Mark Walsh whitewashes Stuart Holden.
Toon Greebe is 6-3 winner against Jim Withers and now meets Osborne.
James Wade wins all-Hampshire battle with Sam Rooney 6-2.
Wayne Jones takes 6-1 win over Chris Thompson and now faces Painter.
Dennis Smith upsets number ten seed Andy Hamilton.
Chris Cooper overcomes Mensur Suljovic 6-2.
Adrian Gray sets up clash with Raymond van Barneveld thanks to 6-4 defeat of Peter Manley.
Tony Eccles wins 6-3 against Dave Ladley and now takes on Walsh.
Michael van Gerwen is 6-1 winner against Garry Spedding.
Alex Roy hits 130 finish to win deciding leg against Darren Latham.
Steve Maish whitewashes Geoff Whitworth, while Chris Allen's win over Steve Musson means he now meets Mervyn King.
Dennis Priestley defeats Kevin McDine 6-1.
Matt Clark and Wes Newton progress with 6-5 wins over Larry Butler and Gary Welding.
Alan Tabern and Jelle Klaasen both move through to round three with narrow wins, ahainst Kevin Harris and Stephen Hardy.
Andy Smith defeats Dave Smith 6-4, and Steve Beaton wins by the same scoreline against Barrie Bates.
Justin Pipe is 6-3 winner against Gary Scratchley to move into third round.
Colin Lloyd wins deciding leg against Co Stompe, who missed two match darts before Lloyd took out 103.
Colin Osborne is 6-1 winner against Toon Greebe, setting up a last 16 clash with Lloyd.
Wayne Jones takes 6-2 win over Kevin Painter to move into fourth round.
Michael van Gerwen enjoys 6-2 victory against Steve Brown to reach last 16.
Raymond van Barneveld whitewashes Adrian Gray.
Mark Walsh takes 6-4 win against Tony Eccles to move into last 16.
Young Dutchman Bryan de Hoog reaches fourth round with 6-5 win over Chris Cooper.
Lancashire's Louis Blundell is 6-4 winner against Steve Maish.
Mervyn King whitewashes Chris Allen to set up fourth round game with Dennis Smith, who defeated Alex Roy 6-2.
Andy Smith powers to 6-1 win over Denis Ovens.
Steve Beaton is 6-4 winner against Michael Barnard, setting up fourth round game with van Gerwen.
Alan Tabern wins 6-4 against Jelle Klaasen, and now meets another Dutchman, Bryan de Hoog.
James Wade's 6-4 win over Matt Clark means he faces Raymond van Barneveld in round four.
Robert Thornton is 6-4 winner against Wes Newton, booking a last 16 game with Wayne Jones.
Dennis Priestley takes 6-5 win against Justin Pipe, setting up fourth round game with Andy Smith.
Colin Lloyd reaches quarter-finals with 6-2 defeat of Colin Osborne.
Local favourite Louis Blundell powers into quarters with 6-0 whitewash of Mark Walsh.
Michael van Gerwen is 6-3 winner against Steve Beaton to reach his second Players Championship quarter-final of the year.
Mervyn King reaches last eight with 6-3 defeat of Dennis Smith.
St Helens' Alan Tabern win 6-1 against Bryan de Hoog to set up quarter-final with Lloyd.
James Wade edges out Raymond van Barneveld 6-5, taking out 121 in the deciding leg, and now faces Blundell.
Wayne Jones ends Robert Thornton's hopes of a third successive PDC Pro Tour win with 6-4 defeat of the Scot.
Dennis Priestley books his quarter-final spot with 6-4 win over Andy Smith, taking victory for a second successive Saturday in the two's meeting.
Colin Lloyd ends Alan Tabern's hopes of a second successive Players Championship win in Wigan with 6-2 victory.
Louis Blundell reaches his first PDC Pro Tour semi-final with 6-0 whitewash of world number two James Wade.
Wayne Jones wins semi-final place with 6-3 defeat of Mervyn King.
Dennis Priestley sees off Michael van Gerwen 6-2 to remain on course for third successive PDC Pro Tour final.
Colin Lloyd produces a 13-dart winning leg in the decider to end Louis Blundell's run in the tournament.
Dennis Priestley reaches third straight final, defeating Wayne Jones 6-4. Jones hit back from 4-2 down to level, but Priestley hit two 180s in the ninth leg before sealing victory.