Major Qualifications Settled As Chizzy Wins Completes Floor Season

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Dave Chisnall picked up his fifth PDC title of the year on Thursday, after an 8-4 victory against Jim Williams in the final of Players Championship 30 in Barnsley, as the PDC Pro Tour season came to a close at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Chisnall, who lost out in the final of Wednesday’s PC29, went a step further 24 hours later, as he reached the final firstly by recording victories against Jeffrey Sparidaans, Dylan Slevin, Steve Lennon, Jamie Hughes, Scott Waites and Gian Van Veen, to set up a clash with Williams. 

The final began with Williams taking the opener in 21 darts, before Chisnall rattled off six consecutive legs to move 6-1 ahead and within two of victory. Williams went on to create a slight fightback, by winning three of the following four legs, before Chisnall sealed the victory in Leg 12 with a 15 darter and an 8-4 success to pick up a 2nd Players Championship title of the year. 

Williams’ run to a first PDC final since his maiden title victory back in March 2022 saw the Welshman record victories on the day against Luc Peters, Kim Huybrechts, Josh Rock, Mario Vandenbogaerde, Danny Noppert and Damon Heta, before being denied by Chisnall. 

Elsewhere, there were Quarter Final runs for World Champion Michael Smith and Non Tour-Card Holder Cam Crabtree, whilst the likes of Peter Wright, Dimitri Van den Bergh and James Wade were amongst the high profile first round casualties. The day also saw a Nine Dart Leg hit by Ricky Evans in his first-round victory against Callan Rydz in what could be the final one ever hit at the Barnsley Metrodome, with the venue not scheduled to feature during the 2024 PDC Calendar. 

Players Championship 30 

Last 16

Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jamie Hughes

Scott Waites 6-1 Ross Smith 

Gian Van Veen 6-5 Rob Cross

Cam Crabtree 6-4 Richard Veenstra

Damon Heta 6-2 Daryl Gurney

Michael Smith 6-3 Mickey Mansell 

Jim Williams 6-2 Mario Vandenbogaerde

Danny Noppert 6-3 Stephen Bunting

Quarter Finals

Dave Chisnall 6-2 Scott Waites

Gian Van Veen 6-2 Cam Crabtree

Damon Heta 6-2 Michael Smith

Jim Williams 6-3 Danny Noppert

Semi Finals

Dave Chisnall 7-4 Gian Van Veen

Jim Williams 7-5 Damon Heta

Final 

Dave Chisnall 8-4 Jim Williams

The day saw the 64-player field for the Players Championship Finals be confirmed, with Former World Champion Gerwyn Price heading to Butlins Minehead as the Number One Seed, after a successful Pro Tour campaign, which saw him pick up Four Players Championship victories. Places were also secured at the World Darts Championship via the Pro Tour Order of Merit, with the last chance for Tour Card Holders who missed out being at the PDPA Qualifier on November 27th

2023 Cazoo Players Championship Finals

Draw Bracket
(1) Gerwyn Price v (64) Ricky Evans
(32) Kim Huybrechts v (33) Martin Schindler
(16) Stephen Bunting v (49) Mickey Mansell
(17) Gian van Veen v (48) Chris Landman
(8) Ross Smith v (57) Scott Williams
(25) Callan Rydz v (40) Michael van Gerwen
(9) Danny Noppert v (56) Matt Campbell
(24) Mike De Decker v (41) Mario Vandenbogaerde
(4) Dave Chisnall v (61) Lee Evans
(29) Chris Dobey v (36) Raymond van Barneveld
(13) Rob Cross v (52) Cameron Menzies
(20) Luke Woodhouse v (45) Simon Whitlock
(5) Josh Rock v (60) Rowby-John Rodriguez
(28) Gabriel Clemens v (37) Connor Scutt
(12) Jonny Clayton v (53) Stephen Burton
(21) Daryl Gurney v (44) Niels Zonneveld
(2) Gary Anderson v (63) Steve Beaton
(31) Dimitri Van den Bergh v (34) Jim Williams
(15) James Wade v (50) William O’Connor
(18) Andrew Gilding v (47) Steve Lennon
(7) Luke Humphries v (58) Martin Lukeman
(26) Radek Szaganski v (39) Ian White
(10) Ryan Searle v (55) Boris Krcmar
(23) Ricardo Pietreczko v (42) Christian Kist
(3) Damon Heta v (62) Jules van Dongen
(30) Jose de Sousa v (35) Kevin Doets
(14) Krzysztof Ratajski v (51) Maik Kuivenhoven
(19) Brendan Dolan v (46) Ritchie Edhouse
(6) Dirk van Duijvenbode v (59) Jermaine Wattimena
(27) Michael Smith v (38) Richard Veenstra
(11) Ryan Joyce v (54) Daniel Klose
(22) Joe Cullen v (43) Jamie Hughes

—–ENDS—–

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