Darts on ITV: PDC Players Championship

Hot on the heels of the World Series of Darts Finals on ITV4 comes the Cash Converters Players Championship live on the same channel from Butlins in Minehead. The £300,000 tournament starts on Friday afternoon (27th November) and concludes Sunday evening (29th November).

This is the eighth holding of the Players Championship and consists of the top 32 players in this years Pro Tour Order of Merit. The Pro Tour Order of Merit is generated by the money won in the UK Open Qualifiers, Players Championships and European Tour Events.

Not all of the top players attend every one of these events, so the seeding system has thrown up some interesting first round matches, none more so than Phil Taylor (ranked 21) versus the defending Champion, Gary Anderson (12). Anderson and Taylor will meet in the third match from the end of the Friday Evening session.

Round One will be played over two sessions on Friday (afternoon and evening), followed by Round Two on Saturday, again split over an afternoon and an evening session. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with the Quarter-Finals in the afternoon, followed by the Semi-Finals and Final in the evening.
The full schedule can be found further down this article.

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History

The Players Championship has been around since 2009. Unsurprisingly the first edition was won by Phil Taylor – he saw off Robert Thornton 16-9 in the final. Taylor would win the tournament twice more, in 2011 and again in 2012, beating Gary Anderson (13-12) and Kim Huybrechts (13-6) respectively.

New Zealander, Paul Nicholson, was crowned in 2010 after beating Mervyn King in a closely contested final 13-11.

The Players Championship Finals were played twice in 2011, when the PDC calendar was juggled around – once in February (when Taylor won it) and again in December. In the December version Kevin Painter beat Mark Webster in the final 13-9.

The Power made the final once more in 2013, but this time lost out 11-7 to Michael van Gerwen, despite averaging over 102! Last years final saw Gary Anderson win a final at his second attempt when he beat Adrian Lewis 11-6.

Prize Fund

£65,000 – Winner
£35,000 – Runner-Up
£17,000 – Semi-Finalists
£11,500 – Quarter-Finalists
£7,000 – Second Round Losers
£4,000 – First Round Losers

TV Coverage

All matches can be seen on ITV4 at the following times…

  • Friday 27th November, 12:45pm – Round One (session one)
  • Friday 27th November, 7:00pm – Round One (session two)
  • Saturday 28th November, 12:45pm – Round Two (session one)
  • Saturday 28th November, 7:00pm – Round Two (session two)
  • Sunday 29th November, 12:45pm – Quarter-Finals
  • Sunday 29th November, 7:00pm – Semi-Finals and Final

Tournament Ladder

These tables will be updated during the course of the weekend as the matches are completed. They will not auto-update, so please refresh the page from time-to-time.

Round One  (best of 11)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
98.24 Michael van Gerwen (1) 6-4 Keegan Brown (32) 96.89
90.31 Justin Pipe (16) 1-6 Vincent van der Voort (17) 92.26
96.97 Dave Chisnall (8) 6-0 Joe Murnan (25) 82.90
92.91 Robert Thornton (9) 5-6 Jamie Lewis (24) 95.63
96.76 Kim Huybrechts (5) 2-6 Daryl Gurney (28) 101.38
96.60 Gary Anderson (12) 6-5 Phil Taylor (21) 94.22
95.16 James Wade (4) 6-3 Mark Webster (29) 85.86
88.64 Benito van de Pas (13) 6-4 Stephen Bunting (20) 89.56
91.04 Michael Smith (2) 6-3 Jamie Caven (31) 90.82
95.97 Mensur Suljovic (15) 6-1 Mervyn King (18) 84.59
89.17 Ian White (7) 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld (26) 90.09
91.76 Jelle Klaasen (10) 4-6 Gerwyn Price (23) 97.95
93.33 Adrian Lewis (6) 6-3 John Henderson (27) 92.61
81.54 Terry Jenkins (11) 3-6 Alan Norris (22) 88.46
92.74 Peter Wright (3) 6-2 Steve Beaton (30) 92.95
82.99 Brendan Dolan (14) 2-6 Simon Whitlock (19) 86.80

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 Round Two (best of 19)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
88.42 Michael Smith (2) 3-10 Mensur Suljovic (15) 92.77
99.84 Adrian Lewis (6) 10-3 Alan Norris (22) 96.25
100.18  James Wade (4) 3-10 Benito van de Pas (13) 105.39
96.57 Dave Chisnall (8) 10-8 Jamie Lewis (24) 97.27
97.05 Ian White (7) 10-9 Gerwyn Price (23) 91.69
102.38 Peter Wright (3) 9-10 Simon Whitlock (19) 96.59
94.35 Darryl Gurney (28) 10-4 Gary Anderson (12) 86.70
103.23 Michael van Gerwen (1) 10-6 Vincent van der Voort (17) 92.12
Quarter-Finals (best of 19)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
97.55 Mensur Suljovic (15) 10-6 Ian White (7) 95.08
94.50 Adrian Lewis (6) 10-7 Simon Whitlock (19) 87.94
107.02 Michael van Gerwen (1) 10-7 Dave Chisnall (8) 105.51
89.67 Benito van de Pas (13) 5-10 Darryl Gurney (28) 94.22
Semi-Finals (best of 21)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
93.21 Mensur Suljovic (15) 1-11 Adrian Lewis (6) 1-11
102.72 Michael van Gerwen (1) 11-2 Darryl Gurney (28) 89.43

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Final (best of 21)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
89.17 Adrian Lewis (6) 11-6 Michael van Gerwen (1) 100.32

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