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Bobby Bourn Memorial Players Championship

PHIL TAYLOR won the Bobby Bourn Memorial Players Championship for a sixth successive year with a whitewash of Ronnie Baxter in the final at the Winter Gardens.


warmed up in style for the Stan James World Matchplay with a stunning display of darts in Blackpool.

He landed failed to drop a leg in his first three games and hit eight 180s in a quarter-final win over Colin Lloyd before defeating World Champion John Part in the semi-finals.


then swept past Baxter to claim the £5,000 winner^s cheque, taking four successive legs to win the opening two sets - twice hitting two 180s in a leg and landing two 11-darters.

He also led in the third set, before Baxter took out double nine to get off the mark.

But Taylor wrapped up the win in style with a 126 finish, checking out on the bullseye to remain unbeaten in the history of the tournament.

The win is Taylor^s tenth in 14 PDC Pro Tour events this year, and saw him repeat his victory over Baxter in the final of last month^s Las Vegas Players Championship.

Baxter^s run to the final included a win over world number two Raymond van Barneveld and world number three James Wade, as well as Mark Dudbridge.

Dennis Priestley^s superb run of form since returning from prostate cancer surgery continued with a run to the quarter-finals, while Nick Fulwell reached the last eight for the first time, including wins over Dutch duo Roland Scholten and Vincent van der Voort.

Bobby Bourn Memorial Players Championship

Preliminary Round

Michael Smith 3-0 Paul Anthony

Mark Jodrill 3-1 Andy Pearson

Colin Monk 3-0 Chris Daglish

Pete Allen 3-1 Brian Cathcart

David Davies 3-0 Chris Beeston

Jacko Barry 3-0 Kevin Hill

Andrew Davies 3-1 Matt Gallett

Stuart Dutton 3-0 Graeme Stoddart

Steve Brown 3-2 Ian Jopling

Joe Cullen 3-0 Chris Hook

Robert Watson-Lang 3-0 Francis Mellor

Jim Leighton Bye (Jimmy O^Regan)

Lionel Sams Bye (Geoff Daniels)

Darren Whittingham 3-2 Andy Howarth

Chris Oprey 3-0 Ben Simpson

Steve Hine 3-0 David Nelson

Arron Monk 3-0 Matt Sheehan

Carl Minter 3-0 Darren Latham


Welding 3-1 Co Stompe

Steve Maish 3-0 Stuart Stubbs

Mark Jones 3-2 Ian Branks

James Barton 3-0 Peter Walford

Dickie Foster 3-2 Wayne Atwood

Tony Ayres 3-0 Nigel Birch

Ricky Williams 3-1 Mark Tiller

Steve Grubb 3-0 Shayne Burgess

Dennis Smith 3-1 Dave Ladley

Alan Warriner-Little 3-1 Ian Lever

Robbie Parker 3-2 Peter Wright

Lee White 3-2 Darren Green

Jamie Caven 3-1 Tony Littleton

Richie Burnett 3-0 Ben Burton

Stuart Holden 3-2 Brian Whybrow

Owen Caffrey 3-2 Norman Fletcher

Dave Honey 3-0 Darrell Townsend

Michael van Gerwen 3-2 Kevin Harris

First Round

Phil Taylor 3-0 Derek Box

Chris Sargeant Bye (Robbie Newland timed out)

Steve Beaton 3-0 Michael Smith

Colin Monk 3-0 Mark Jodrill

Colin Osborne 3-0 Dave Wilson

Stephen Hardy 3-1 Shane Passey

Denis Ovens 3-0 Alan Priestley

Pete Allen 3-1 David Davies

Adrian Lewis 3-2 Danny King

Joey Palfreyman 3-0 Darren Johnson

Andy Smith 3-0 Paul Dillon

Jacko Barry 3-0 Andrew Davies

Colin Lloyd 3-0 Jonathan Overton

Tony Eccles 3-0 Glyn Humphries


Bates 3-1 Martyn Turner

Stuart Dutton 3-1 Steve Brown

Terry Jenkins 3-0 Mark Carter

Steve Evans 3-2 Lee WIlliams

Wes Newton 3-2 Joe Cullen

Robert Watson-Lang 3-1 Jim Leighton

Dennis Priestley 3-0 Tom Martin

Aaron Turner 3-1 Colin McGarry

Geoff Wylie 3-2 Andy Jenkins

Lionel Sams 3-2 Darren Whittingham

John Part 3-0 Jamie Harvey

Matt Clark 3-0 Peter Aleman

Mick McGowan 3-0 John Jenkinson

Steve Hine 3-1 Chris Oprey

Alan Tabern 3-0 Nigel Peden

Paul Cooper 3-1 Martin Burchell

Chris Mason 3-0 Arron Monk


Welding 3-1 Carl Minter

Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Ken Dobson

Jelle Klaasen 3-1 Ian Waters

Wayne Jones 3-1 Steve Maish

Mark Jones 3-0 James Barton

Kevin Painter 3-0 Steve Cusick

Mark Lawrence 3-0 Russell Mason

Mervyn King 3-0 Jimmy Dunlop

Dickie Foster 3-1 Tony Ayres

Andy Hamilton 3-2 Brendan Dolan

Steve Cupitt 3-1 Andrew Gourlay

Mark Walsh 3-2 Dale Pinch

Steve Grubb 3-2 Ricky Williams

Wayne Mardle 3-0 Justin Pipe

Jim Withers 3-0 Kevin Reade

Dave Smith 3-0 Kirk Shepherd

Dennis Smith 3-0 Alan Warriner-Little

Roland Scholten 3-0 Kevin McDine

John Quantock 3-2 Chris Thompson

Nick Fulwell 3-2 Adrian Gray

Robbie Parker 3-0 Lee White

Peter Manley 3-0 Lee Holden

Mark Layton 3-0 Alan Weist

Vincent van der Voort 3-1 Geoff Whitworth

Jamie Caven 3-2 Richie Burnett

James Wade 3-2 Michael Barnard

Robert Thornton Bye (Alan Caves)

Alex Roy 3-1 Simon Craven

Owen Caffrey 3-2 Stuart Holden

Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Paul Williams

Kevin Dowling 3-1 Sean White

Mark Dudbridge 3-1 Mark Frost

Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Dave Honey

Second Round

Phil Taylor 3-0 Chris Sargeant

Colin Monk 3-2 Steve Beaton

Stephen Hardy 3-2 Colin Osborne

Denis Ovens 3-1 Pete Allen

Adrian Lewis 3-2 Joey Palfreyman

Andy Smith 3-2 Jacko Barry

Colin Lloyd 3-2 Tony Eccles


Bates 3-0 Stuart Dutton

Terry Jenkins 3-2 Steve Evans

Wes Newton 3-1 Robert Watson-Lang

Dennis Priestley 3-0 Aaron Turner

Lionel Sams 3-0 Geoff Wylie

John Part 3-1 Matt Clark

Mick McGowan 3-0 Steve Hine

Alan Tabern 3-0 Paul Cooper

Chris Mason 3-1 Gary Welding

Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Jelle Klaasen

Wayne Jones 3-1 Mark Jones

Kevin Painter 3-0 Mark Lawrence

Mervyn King 3-2 Dickie Foster

Andy Hamilton 3-1 Steve Cupitt

Mark Walsh 3-2 Steve Grubb

Wayne Mardle 3-0 Jim Withers

Dave Smith 3-2 Dennis Smith

Roland Scholten 3-2 John Quantock

Nick Fulwell 3-0 Robbie Parker

Peter Manley 3-0 Mark Layton

Vincent van der Voort 3-1 Jamie Caven

James Wade 3-1 Robert Thornton

Alex Roy 3-2 Owen Caffrey

Ronnie Baxter 3-1 Kevin Dowling

Mark Dudbridge 3-2 Michael van Gerwen

Losers £75

Third Round

Phil Taylor 3-0 Colin Monk

Denis Ovens 3-0 Stephen Hardy

Adrian Lewis 3-0 Andy Smith

Colin Lloyd 3-0 Barrie Bates

Terry Jenkins 3-1 Wes Newton

Dennis Priestley 3-2 Lionel Sams

John Part 3-1 Mick McGowan

Alan Tabern 3-2 Chris Mason

Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Wayne Jones

Kevin Painter 3-0 Mervyn King

Mark Walsh 3-2 Andy Hamilton

Wayne Mardle 3-1 Dave Smith

Nick Fulwell 3-1 Roland Scholten

Vincent van der Voort 3-1 Peter Manley

James Wade 3-2 Alex Roy

Ronnie Baxter 3-1 Mark Dudbridge

Losers £150

Fourth Round

Phil Taylor 3-0 Denis Ovens

Colin Lloyd 3-1 Adrian Lewis

Dennis Priestley 3-1 Terry Jenkins

John Part 3-2 Alan Tabern

Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Kevin Painter

Wayne Mardle 3-2 Mark Walsh

Nick Fulwell 3-1 Vincent van der Voort

Ronnie Baxter 3-2 James Wade

Losers £300


Phil Taylor 3-1 Colin Lloyd

John Part 3-1 Dennis Priestley

Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Wayne Mardle

Ronnie Baxter 3-2 Nick Fulwell

Losers £600


Phil Taylor 3-1 John Part

Ronnie Baxter 3-2 Raymond van Barneveld

Losers £1,250


Phil Taylor 3-0 Ronnie Baxter (2-0, 2-0, 2-1)

Winner £5,000

Runner-Up £2,500

News Updates

Preliminary Round

Joe Cullen^s debut on the PDC Pro Tour begins with a 3-0 win over Chris Hook.

Jacko Barry whitewashes Kevin Hill, while Michael Smith and Stuart Dutton are other straight sets winners.

Jamie Caven misses double 12 for a nine-darter during his win over Tony Littleton.

Steve Brown^s 3-2 win over Ian Jopling sets up clash with Dutton.

Steve Maish wins in straight sets against Stuart Stubbs sets up game with Wayne Jones.

Wins for Dennis Smith, over Dave Ladley, and Alan Warriner-Little, against Ian Lever, set up second round meeting between the two PDC stalwarts.

Gary Welding overcomes Co Stompe 3-1.

First Round


Caves^ withdrawal through illness means Robert Thornton wins bye to last 64.

Dennis Priestley overcomes Tom Martin in straight sets, while World Champion John Part opens with a 3-0 win over Jamie Harvey.

Terry Jenkins wins 3-0 against Mark Carter, and Kevin Painter is 3-0 winner over Steve Cusick.

Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld kick off with 3-0 wins over Derek Box and Ken Dobson respectively.

Roland Scholten takes straight sets win over Kevin McDine, while Ronnie Baxter and Peter Manley also fail to drop a set in wins over Lee Holden and Paul Williams.

Colin Lloyd sees off Jonathan Overton in straight sets, with Alan Tabern also opening with a 3-0 win.

James Wade needs five sets before seeing off Michal Barnard, with Adrian Lewis also pushed all the way in a 3-2 win over Danny King.

Jelle Klaasen^s win over Ian Waters sets up second round clash with Raymond van Barneveld.

Wes Newton edges out Joe Cullen 3-2, while Barrie Bates, Joey Palfreyman and Steve Beaton also move into last 64.

Alex Roy includes a ten-darter in a 3-1 win over Simon Craven, who was making his return from a shoulder injury.

John Quantock edges out Chris Thompson in an all-York battle, taking out 170 during the game before winning a deciding leg.

Stuart Dutton defeats Bristol^s Steve Brown 3-1, while Denis Ovens defeats Alan Priestley 3-0.

Mark Jones^ win over Yorkshire^s James Barton earns him a clash with a fellow Jones - Wayne Jones.

Dennis Smith defeats Alan Warriner-Little 3-0 - meaning he too plays against a player with the same surname in round two, Dave Smith!

Mark Dudbridge defeats Stan James World Matchplay qualifier Mark Frost 3-1, and will meet Michael van Gerwen in round two.

Second Round

John Part wins 3-1 against Matt Clark to move into last 32.

Phil Taylor whitewahes Chris Sargeant 3-0 to remain on course for another title by moving to round three.

Kevin Painter reaches last 32 with 3-0 win over Mark Lawrence.

Colin Lloyd edges out Tony Eccles 3-2, hitting two 180s in the deciding leg of their game.

Raymond van Barneveld whitewahes Jelle Klaasen 3-0.

Mick McGowan^s win over Steve Hine earns him board final with John Part.

James Wade overcomes Robert Thornton 3-1, with Ronnie Baxter reaching last 32 by same scoreline against Kevin Dowling.

Peter Manley defeats Mark Layton in straight sets, with Wayne Mardle also a 3-0 winner against Jim Withers.

Dennis Priestley moves into round three with 3-0 wi over Aaron Turner.

Colin Monk^s final-leg win over Steve Beaton sets up third round game with Phil Taylor.

Colin Osborne is knocked out in five sets by Stephen Hardy.

Mark Dudbridge ends the hopes of another World Matchplay qualifier, Michael van Gerwen, in a deciding leg, with Dudbridge taking out 161 during the game and the Dutch youngster finishing 170.

Andy Smith takes fifth set 2-0 in a narrow win over Jacko Barry.

Chris Mason wins 3-1 against Gary Welding and meets Alan Tabern for a place in last 16.

Nick Fulwell^s 3-0 win over Robbie Parker sets up last 32 games against Roland Scholten.

Mark Walsh and Andy Hamilton to meet in round three after wins over Steve Grubb and Steve Cupitt.

Third Round

Phil Taylor wins 3-0 against Colin Monk, while Colin Lloyd progresses to last 16 with win over Barrie Bates in straight sets.

John Part overcomes Irishman Mick McGowan 3-1, with Vincent van der Voort defeating Peter Manley by the same scoreline.

Adrian Lewis overcomes Andy Smith 3-0 and will face Lloyd in the last 16.

Terry Jenkins ends the hopes of local star Wes Newton 3-1.

Raymond van Barneveld and Kevin Painter clash for a place in the quarter-finals after 3-0 wins over Wayne Jones and Mervyn King respectively.

James Wade needs five sets before defeating Alex Roy, with Ronnie Baxter winning through to last 16 with 3-1 defeat of Mark Dudbridge.

Nick Fulwell defeats Roland Scholten 3-1 to reach last 16, where he meets Vincent van der Voort.

Alan Tabern edges out Chris Mason to move into fourth round.

Wayne Mardle takes out 156 to seal a 3-1 win over Dave Smith.

Mark Walsh to meet Mardle after his 3-2 win against Andy Hamilton.

Fourth Round

Ronnie Baxter knocks out world number three James Wade 3-2 to reach quarter-finals.

Colin Lloyd moves into last eight with 3-1 win over Stoke^s Adrian Lewis.

Raymond van Barneveld takes final two sets without reply to see off Kevin Painter 3-1.

Nick Fulwell^s best-ever PDC Pro Tour run continues with 3-1 win over Vincent van der Voort.

Denis Ovens becomes the first player to take a leg off Phil Taylor in the event - but is the latest 3-0 casualty as Taylor marches into the quarter-finals.

Dennis Priestley - who won a Players Championship in Bristol last month - defeats Terry Jenkins 3-1 to reach quarter-finals.

John Part sets up quarter-final against Priestley with 3-2 win over in-form Alan Tabern.

Wayne Mardle defeats Mark Walsh in a deciding set to earn a quarter-final with Raymond van Barneveld.


Ronnie Baxter comes from 2-1 down to win in a deciding set against Nick Fulwell.

Phil Taylor takes a 3-1 win over Colin Lloyd in a game which included 11 180s, including eight from Taylor.

John Part recovered from losing the first set against Dennis Priestley to take a 3-1 lead and reach the semi-finals of a PDC Pro Tour event for the first time since winning a Players Championship in Gibraltar in January.

Raymond van Barneveld also came from a set down before winning 3-1 against Wayne Mardle.


Phil Taylor^s charge towards yet another Bobby Bourn Memorial title, and an eighth Players Championship win of the year, continues with a 3-1 win over John Part.

Ronnie Baxter defeats Raymond van Barneveld in a deciding leg in their five-set contest, having taking the first two sets without reply before four straight legs from the Dutchman saw him pull back level, only to lose at the death.

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