It was a decent weekend for the Team this weekend Barnsley in the first two Players Championship events of 2017.
In event One on Saturday afternoon it was Kyle Anderson that reached the Quarter-Finals after wins against Richie Corner 6-2, Mick McGowan 6-2, Peter Hudson 6-3. In the last 16 Kyle faced the World number Three Peter Wright, it was a vintage performance from ‘The Original’ as he defeated Wright 6-3 to reach the Quarter-Finals.
In the Quarters he faced Alan Norris, Kyle couldn’t quite get going in this one as Norris won 6-1 but Kyle picked up a crucial £2,250 towards the order of merit.
Dimitri and Mike got drawn against each other in Round One, and it was Mike who came out on top with a 6-2 win, in the Last 64 Mike defeated multiple major winner Robert Thornton 6-5 in a last leg decider before losing out to eventual winner Alan Norris 6-2 in round three.
Jelle enjoyed a 6-3 win over Matt Clark in round One, but his day came to a premature end as he lost out to Dave Pallett 6-2 in Round Two.
Kim Huybrechts started the day well as he reached the third round also with victories over Jim Brown 6-2, Richie Burnett 6-5 before losing out to Keegan Brown 6-4.
Mensur Suljovic went into the first two Players Championship events as the number two seed, and he showed why he warrants to be in PDC’s elite as he reached the last 16 in event One only just losing out in a last leg decider with Cristo Reyes. The Austrian had a tough first game as he faced Raymond van Barneveld, but he was flawless as he won 6-4, in round Two he faced Matthew Dennant who he defeated 6-3 to reach the last 32. Next up was Aden Kirk, Mensur enjoyed a 6-1 rout to book his place in the last 16.
Mensur was very unfortunate not to reach the last eight as he narrowly lost out to an in-form Cristo Reyes 6-5.
It wasn’t to be for Ronny, as he lost out to Chris Quantock in their first round encounter 6-5.
In the Second event on Sunday afternoon, it was another successful day for the team as Jelle went on to reach the Semi-Finals after a superb run of form, he seen off Jim Brown 6-4 in round One, Matt Clark 6-3 in round Two, Mick Todd 6-3 in the last 32, he breezed past Terry Temple 6-1 to reach the Quarter-Finals in which he took on Raymond van Barneveld in which an unbelievable game of darts which Jelle won 6-4 with all ten legs won in 15 darts and under with Jelle averaging 103.62 as he hit four maximums which included an 11-darter and several 14-dart legs as he booked his place in the Semi-finals.
In the Semi-Finals he came up against Gary Anderson, Jelle lost out 6-2 but picked up £3,000 towards the order of merit.
It was also a good run for Ronny as he continued his great current form on the floor as he reached the last 16 before losing out to Daryl Gurney. The Belgian defeated Andrew Gilding 6-2, Darron Brown 6-0, Darren Johnson 6-1 on his way to the last 16.
Kyle lost out in round Two to Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 after winning his first game 6-1 against Keegan Brown.
Kim also lost out in round Two in a last leg decider with Simon Stevenson 6-5 after he defeated Kirk Shepherd 6-4 in round One.
Dimitri and Mike both lost out in the first round unfortunately losing to Mick Todd 6-3 and Ronnie Baxter 6-2 respectively.
The race for the 2017 World Matchplay has started with Mensur, Jelle, Kim, Ronny and Kyle all in position to play at the Matchplay.
The criteria for qualification is the top 16 in the PDC order of merit in which consists of Mensur (9), Jelle (10) and Kim (13) and the top 16 of the Pro Tour Order of merit in which includes Ronny (11) and Kyle (16).
Now it’s onto the Coral UK Open finals in minehead which gets underway on Friday.
By Tom Beresford