SMC managed Jelle Klaasen returned to winning ways with a fantastic proTour win in Barnsley, winning the 16th players championships event of 2015. It’s great timing, being just before the World Grand Prix, which Jelle has of course qualified for. This was his second proTour win of 2015, showing he’s in great form.
After opening with a 6-4 win over Joe Cullen, Klaasen then dropped only one leg in each of his wins over Ronnie Baxter and Gerwyn Pice, and then defeated Steve West 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. There, he was a 6-2 winner over Robbie Green before being taken all the way to a deciding 11th leg against Simon Whitlock in the semis as he booked a spot in a fourth final of 2015.
The opening two legs of the final against van Barneveld were shared before Klaasen took the third and then broke in the fourth, landing back-to-back 180s in a 12-darter to move 3-1 up. Van Barneveld responded with a 13-darter and then levelled on tops, before the pair shared two more legs to remain locked at four-all. Klaasen then edged the ninth on double ten, and followed a van Barneveld 177 with his own third 180 of the game in leg ten before finishing 90 on the bull to claim victory with a 12-darter.
It was a great day for other SMC managed players, with Kim Huybrechts hitting a perfect 9 darter in the 1/4 finals, his brother Ronnie also making the 1/4s, and Robbie Green also joining them in the 1/4s, only to lose out to Jelle.
Simon Whitlock 6-0 Nathan Derry
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Christian Kist
Robbie Green 6-2 Jamie Caven
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Steve West
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Michael Smith
Ian White 6-4 Steve Beaton
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Ronny Huybrechts 6-5 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Kim Huybrechts – Kim Huybrechts Nine-Dart Finish
Jelle Klaasen 6-2 Robbie Green
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Ian White
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Ronny Huybrechts
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Benito van de Pas
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld