Wade Picks Up Derby Win
JAMES WADE picked up his second title of 2009 with a 6-4 victory over Colin Lloyd in Saturday's Players Championship in Derby.
Wade followed up his victory in a Blue Square UK Open Regional Final last month with a strong display at the Moorways Centre in Derby to take the £6,000 title.
The world number two averaged 108 and hit eight maximums in a Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts win over Terry Jenkins and also drew with Phil Taylor on Thursday, and continued that form to sweep to victory in Derby.
Having defeated Lee Williams, Andy Fordham, Stuart Dutton and Mark Lawrence to reach the quarter-finals, he was pushed all the way by Holland's Co Stompe.
Wade then overcame Derby-based Colin Osborne 6-4, and overcame Lloyd by the same scoreline in a tight final.
Lloyd led 2-0 in the decider before Wade levelled, with the Essex star also hitting a 122 finish in establishing a 4-3 lead.
But Wade fired in an 11-dart leg to square the game once more, and hit a 180 in moving 5-4 up before landing double ten for victory after the pair traded further maximums in leg ten.
Lloyd's run saw him reach a third PDC Pro Tour final of the year, and included narrow wins over Ben Burton and Nigel Birch in the early rounds and a comeback victory against world number three Raymond van Barneveld at the quarter-final stage.
Ronnie Baxter's consistent recent form continued with another run to the semis, where he went down 6-4 to Lloyd.
Gary Anderson landed his first nine-dart finish since joining the PDC earlier this year in a victory over Darren Latham, only to lose to former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster.
Webster went on to reach the last eight, while Andy Fordham recorded his first victory on the PDC circuit, defeating Jon Archer 6-4 before losing to Wade.
While Dennis Priestley suffered a loss to van Barneveld in the last 16, the two-time World Champion had cause for celebration after receiving confirmation that he currently requires no further treatment for prostate cancer for at least six months.
The 58-year-old has been battling the disease for over a year, but received news that the PSA level in his blood has dropped to 0.05 since undergoing radiotherapy last September.
Players Championship (Derby)
Richard Foster 6-2 Larry Butler
Dennis Smith 6-0 Lee Holden
Jimmy O'Regan 6-5 Steve Watts
Dennis Priestley (1) 6-1 Andy Relf
Chris Mason 6-4 Jason Clark
Barrie Bates (32) 6-5 Dyson Parody
Kevin Dowling 6-3 Richard Foster
Colin Monk 6-5 Adrian Lewis (16)
Lionel Sams 6-4 Ricky Williams
Raymond van Barneveld (17) 6-3 Gary Scratchley
Chris Cooper 6-3 Mark Frost
Mervyn King (8) 6-1 John Jenkinson
Steve Hine 6-2 Arron Monk
Mark Stephenson 6-2 Matt Clark (25)
Simon Craven 6-5 Robert Alford
Colin Lloyd (9) 6-5 Ben Burton
Nigel Birch 6-3 Steve Grubb
Tony Eccles (24) Bye (John MaGowan withdrawn)
Paul Nicholson 6-3 John Kuczynski
Ronnie Baxter (5) 6-4 Adrian Gray
Bryan de Hoog 6-0 Russell Mason
Jelle Klaasen (28) 6-1 Ray Farrell
Jonathan Overton 6-5 Dave Ladley
Andy Hamilton (12) 6-0 Ian Lilley
Chris Allen 6-2 Dave Ahmet
Gary Welding 6-4 Andy Jenkins (21)
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Robbie Newland
Mark Webster 6-5 Mark Walsh (4)
James Barton 6-3 Chris Loudon
Gary Anderson (29) 6-3 David Platt
Darren Latham 6-3 Chris Thompson
Kevin Painter (13) 6-1 Steve Musson
Stuart Bousfield 6-3 Ken Dobson
Michael Smith 6-4 Alex Roy (20)
Jan van der Rassel 6-0 Norman Fletcher
Robert Thornton (2) 6-4 Nick Fullwell
Geoff Whitworth 6-2 Steve Lane
Kevin McDine (31) 6-3 Richie Burnett
Dennis Smith 6-5 Robert Watson-Lang
Co Stompe 6-4 Michael van Gerwen (15)
Michael Barnard 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Roland Scholten 6-5 Steve Beaton (18)
Robbie Parker 6-3 Stuart Holden
James Wade (7) 6-2 Lee Williams
Andy Fordham 6-4 Jon Archer
Steve Maish (26) 6-5 Par Riihonen
Stuart Dutton 6-3 Toon Greebe
Denis Ovens (10) 6-0 Dylan Duo
Mark Lawrence 6-2 Dave Honey
Peter Manley (23) 6-0 Ian Perkins
Mark Jodrill 6-5 Wayne Atwood
Colin Osborne (6) 6-2 Louis Blundell
Martyn Turner 6-0 Steve Perkins
Andy Smith (27) 6-0 Tony Blundell
Ian McFarlane 6-1 Gary Storey
Mark Dudbridge (11) 6-2 Darren Johnson
Steve Evans 6-3 Steve Perry
Jamie Caven (22) 6-1 Mick McGowan
Anastasia Dobromyslova 6-2 Alex Tinsley
Alan Tabern (3) 6-2 Trevor Frost
Steve Brown 6-3 Dave Smith
Wes Newton (30) 6-0 Kevin Harris
Matt Gallett 6-4 Steve Watts
Vincent van der Voort (14) 6-0 Stephen Hardy
Tony Ayres 6-0 Andy Fulton
Wayne Jones (19) 6-5 Peter Wright
Ian Lever 6-5 Jim Withers
Dennis Priestley 6-1 Chris Mason
Barrie Bates 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Colin Monk 6-5 Lionel Sams
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Chris Cooper
Mervyn King 6-4 Steve Hine
Mark Stephenson 6-3 Simon Craven
Colin Lloyd 6-5 Nigel Birch
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Tony Eccles
Ronnie Baxter 6-0 Bryan de Hoog
Jelle Klaasen 6-0 Jonathan Overton
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Chris Allen
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Gary Welding
Mark Webster 6-3 James Barton
Gary Anderson 6-2 Darren Latham - ** Nine-Dart Finish from Gary Anderson
Kevin Painter 6-5 Stuart Bousfield
Jan van der Rassel 6-0 Michael Smith
Robert Thornton 6-2 Geoff Whitworth
Kevin McDine 6-2 Dennis Smith
Co Stompe 6-5 Michael Barnard
Robbie Parker 6-3 Roland Scholten
James Wade 6-3 Andy Fordham
Stuart Dutton 6-5 Steve Maish
Mark Lawrence 6-2 Denis Ovens
Mark Jodrill 6-2 Peter Manley
Colin Osborne 6-2 Martyn Turner
Andy Smith 6-1 Ian McFarlane
Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Steve Evans
Jamie Caven 6-3 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Alan Tabern 6-4 Steve Brown
Wes Newton 6-1 Matt Gallett
Tony Ayres 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Wayne Jones 6-0 Ian Lever
Dennis Priestley 6-2 Barrie Bates
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Colin Monk
Mervyn King 6-0 Mark Stephenson
Colin Lloyd 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Mark Webster 6-2 Gary Anderson
Jan van der Rassel 6-3 Kevin Painter
Kevin McDine 6-4 Robert Thornton
Co Stompe 6-3 Robbie Parker
James Wade 6-3 Stuart Dutton
Mark Lawrence 6-2 Mark Jodrill
Colin Osborne 6-2 Andy Smith
Mark Dudbridge 6-4 Jamie Caven
Wes Newton 6-3 Alan Tabern
Wayne Jones 6-4 Tony Ayres
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Dennis Priestley
Colin Lloyd 6-4 Mervyn King
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Mark Webster 6-2 Jan van der Rassel
Co Stompe 6-2 Kevin McDine
James Wade 6-4 Mark Lawrence
Colin Osborne 6-4 Mark Dudbridge
Wayne Jones 6-5 Wes Newton
Colin Lloyd 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Mark Webster
James Wade 6-5 Co Stompe
Colin Osborne 6-1 Wayne Jones
Colin Lloyd 6-4 Ronnie Baxter
James Wade 6-4 Colin Osborne
James Wade 6-4 Colin Lloyd
Preliminary & First Rounds
Terry Jenkins, Mark Tiller and Andy Pearson were eliminated after failing to register before the 11am deadline.
Vincent van van der Voort whitewashes Stephen Hardy.
Mervyn King and Kevin Painter open with 6-1 wins over Steve Musson and John Jenkinson.
Mark Dudbridge defeats Darren Johnson 6-2.
Richard Foster and Dennis Smith are preliminary round winners against Larry Butler and Lee Holden respectively.
Andy Hamilton wins 6-0 against Ian Lilley and Denis Ovens whitewashes Dylan Duo.
Michael van Gerwen, last Saturday's Players Championship winner, is the first seed of the day to fall, losing 6-4 to Co Stompe.
World number two James Wade wins 6-2 against Lee Williams.
Local ace Colin Osborne is 6-2 winner against Louis Blundell.
Mark Webster edges a deciding leg against Mark Walsh to progress to second round, with Walsh missing three darts for victory in the 11th leg.
Colin Lloyd is also pushed to an 11th leg, by Ben Burton, before progressing.
Ronnie Baxter overcomes Adrian Gray 6-4.
Colin Monk knocks out Adrian Lewis in a deciding leg.
John MaGowan withdraws due to a neck injury, giving Tony Eccles a bye into round two.
Steve Hine overcomes Arron Monk 6-2 and Mark Lawrence sees off Dave Honey in the same manner.
Martyn Turner is another whitewash winner, against Steve Perkins.
Steve Watts takes 6-5 victory over Jimmy O'Regan in the final preliminary round game.
Dutch youngster Bryan de Hoog wins 6-0 against Russell Mason.
Chris Allen and Stuart Bousfield progress to last 64 with victories over Dave Ahmet and Ken Dobson.
James Barton is 6-3 winner against Chris Loudon and now meets Mark Webster.
Dennis Priestley, the number one seed, wins 6-1 against Andy Relf.
Number two seed Robert Thornton takes 6-4 win against Nick Fullwell.
Andy Smith and Tony Ayres enjoy 6-0 victories.
Wayne Jones edges out Peter Wright in a deciding leg.
Gary Welding takes 6-4 win over Andy Jenkins.
Mark Stephenson overcomes Matt Clark, while Jelle Klaasen takes 6-1 win over Ray Farrell.
Gary Anderson, twice a finalist in Players Championships a fortnight ago, is 6-3 winner against David Platt.
Andy Fordham picks up his first win since joining the PDC with 6-4 defeat of Jon Archer.
Alan Tabern, the number three seed, is 6-2 winner against debutant Trevor Frost.
Lionel Sams defeats Ricky Williams 6-4 and Peter Manley whitewashes Ian Perkins.
Chris Mason makes his returns from illness with 6-4 win over Jason Clark.
Jamie Caven enjoys 6-1 win over Mick McGowan.
World number three Raymond van Barneveld takes 6-3 win over Gary Scratchley in opening game.
Debutant Ian McFarlane wins 6-1 against Gary Storey.
Australian number one Paul Nicholson returns to action with 6-3 win against American John Kuczynski.
Anastasia Dobromyslova takes 6-2 win over youngster Alex Tinsley.
Steve Brown defeats Dave Smith 6-3, and Ian Lever is narrow 6-5 winner against Jim Withers.
Mark Jodrill wins in a deciding leg against Wayne Atwood, and Steve Maish is another 11-leg winner, against Par Riihonen.
Darren Latham is 6-3 winner against Chris Thompson, and Brendan Dolan wins 6-1 against Robbie Newland.
Barrie Bates edges out Dyson Parody 6-5, and Chris Cooper is 6-3 winner against Mark Frost.
Jonathan Overton sneaks past Dave Ladley in a deciding leg.
Wes Newton is 6-0 winner against Kevin Harris.
Kevin Dowling wins 6-3 against Richard Foster.
Dennis Smith defeats Robert Watson-Lang in a deciding leg.
Matt Gallett is 6-4 winner against Steve Watts and now meets Wes Newton.
Colin Lloyd takes second 11-leg win of the day, defeating Nigel Birch in a decider.
Mark Webster seals 6-3 win over James Barton with 141 checkout.
Mark Dudbridge defeats Steve Evans 6-1.
Tony Ayres knocks out last week's Players Championship runner-up Vincent van der Voort 6-3.
Kevin Painter earns narrow win over Stuart Bousfield.
Mark Lawrence knocks out Denis Ovens with 6-2 victory.
Andy Hamilton progresses with 6-1 winner against Chris Allen.
Colin Osborne takes 6-2 win against Martyn Turner.
Andy Smith wins 6-1 against Ian McFarlane and now faces Osborne.
Wayne Jones whitewashes Ian Lever to set up board final with Tony Ayres.
Gary Anderson hits nine-darter in 6-2 win over Darren Latham. The perfect leg put him 5-2 up, and he sealed the win with a 164 checkout
Ronnie Baxter and Jan van der Rassel progress with 6-0 victories, against Bryan de Hoog and Michael Smith.
Mervyn King progresses to last 32 with 6-4 win over Steve Hine.
Jamie Caven sets up third round game with Mark Dudbridge after taking 6-3 win against Anastasia Dobromyslova.
Co Stompe edges Michael Barnard in an 11-leg duel, and Brendan Dolan takes deciding leg win over Gary Welding.
Mark Jodrill overcomes Peter Manley 6-2.
Jelle Klaasen whitewashes Jonathan Overton and now takes on Ronnie Baxter in third round.
World Championship qualifier Mark Stephenson is 6-3 winner against Simon Craven.
Dennis Priestley defeats Chris Mason 6-1 to move into last 32.
Raymond van Barneveld enjoys 6-1 win over Chris Cooper and now takes on Colin Monk.
Robert Thornton is 6-2 winner against Geoff Whitworth.
Wes Newton defeats youngster Matt Gallett 6-1 to move into last 32.
Alan Tabern is 6-4 winner against Steve Brown.
Robbie Parker knocks out Roland Scholten with 6-3 win.
Barrie Bates wins 6-2 against Kevin Dowling.
Kevin McDine is 6-2 winner in clash with Dennis Smith.
James Wade moves through with 6-3 win over Stuart Dutton.
Colin Osborne powers into last 16 with 6-2 win over Andy Smith.
Mark Dudbridge sets up fourth round game against Osborne with 6-4 win over Jamie Caven.
Mark Webster wins the clash of the PDC newcomers with Gary Anderson 6-2.
Jan van der Rassel overcomes Kevin Painter 6-3 to reach last 16.
Colin Lloyd progresses with 6-3 win over Paul Nicholson.
Mark Lawrence moves into last 16 with 6-2 win over Mark Jodrill.
Mervyn King whitewashes Mark Stephenson to set up fourth round game with Colin Lloyd.
Ronnie Baxter wins in a deciding leg against Jelle Klaasen.
Brendan Dolan overcomes Andy Hamilton - a finalist in last Sunday's Blue Square UK Open Regional Final - with 6-3 win.
Raymond van Barneveld defeats Colin Monk 6-2 to progress to last 32.
Wayne Jones is 6-4 winner against Tony Ayres to move into fourth round.
Wes Newton completes 6-3 win over Alan Tabern with 122 bullseye finish.
Dennis Priestley sets up fourth round game with Raymond van Barneveld with 6-2 win over Barrie Bates.
Kevin McDine's 6-4 win over Robert Thornton puts him into last 16 against Co Stompe.
Mark Webster reaches his first Players Championship quarter-final since joining the PDC with 6-2 win over Jan van der Rassel.
Colin Lloyd overcomes Mervyn King 6-4 to reach quarter-finals.
Local star Colin Osborne progresses with 6-4 win over Mark Dudbridge.
Ronnie Baxter wins 11-leg tussle with Brendan Dolan to reach last eight.
James Wade progresses to last eight with 6-4 win over Mark Lawrence.
Raymond van Barneveld moves into quarter-finals with 6-1 win against Dennis Priestley.
Wayne Jones enjoys narrow 6-5 victory against Wes Newton, and now meets Osborne in the quarters.
Co Stompe completes the quarter-final line-up with 6-2 win over Kevin McDine.
Ronnie Baxter reels off four successive legs to come from 4-2 down and win 6-4 to seal a semi-final spot.
Colin Lloyd comes from 3-0 down to edge past Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 and reach the semis, where he will meet Baxter.
Colin Osborne defeats Wayne Jones 6-1 to power into semi-finals.
James Wade edges into semis with 6-5 win over Co Stompe.
Colin Lloyd reaches his third PDC Pro Tour final of 2009 with 6-4 win over Ronnie Baxter.
James Wade remains on course for a first Players Championship win of 2009 following 6-4 defeat of Colin Osborne.