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Article: Darts: PDC Media Release - Walsh Cuts The Power!

Darts: PDC Media Release - Walsh Cuts The Power!

MARK WALSH defeated Phil Taylor 6-4 to win Saturday^s Players Championship in Coventry.

Walsh became the first player to defeat Taylor away from the television screens in 2009, edging a tight final at the Ricoh Arena.

Walsh led 2-0 and 5-2 thanks to two breaks of throw before Taylor cut the deficit to one leg, with the world number one taking out 128 during his fightback.

But Walsh^s consistent scoring paid in the next leg, hitting three successive 140s and taking out 81 for a 12-darter to seal the £6,000 title - his first ranking event win since September 2005.

Walsh made strong progress through the early rounds with wins over Scott Kirchner, Dave Honey and Jim Withers before defeating Matt Clark and Steve Beaton 6-1 to reach the semi-finals.

He then defeated in-form Terry Jenkins 6-2 to reach the decider, and went on to repeat his win in the 2005 UK Open Welsh Regional Final against Taylor in the final.

Taylorhad only previously lost in 2009 to James Wade in the Whyte & Mackay Premier League, having won the World Darts Championship and Players Championship on television in January and six PDC Pro Tour events.

He whitewashed Mike Roberts in round one, and then enjoyed 6-1 victories against Kevin McDine, Wayne Mardle and Adrian Lewis before seeing off Mervyn King 6-2 in the quarter-finals and whitewashing Jan van der Rassel in the semis.

Dutchman van der Rassel^s semi-final appearance was his first with the PDC and included wins against Wayne Jones, Par Riihonen, Mark Dudbridge and Andy Smith.

Jenkins followed up an appearance in the final of the UK Open South-East Regional Final last Sunday by reaching the last four, including a win over Dennis Priestley in the quarter-finals.

Anastasia Dobromyslova dropped just one leg in victories over Darren Latham and Mark Carter to reach the last 64, where she came from 3-0 down to lead Steve Beaton before losing 6-4.

Former Lakeside Champion Andy Fordham suffered a preliminary round defeat on his PDC debut, losing 6-4 to Gary Scratchley.

Mark Webster and Gary Anderson suffered first round defeats, to Adrian Lewis and Jelle Klaasen respectively, and three-time World Champion John Part was defeated at the same stage by Colin Lloyd.

Players Championship

Preliminary Round

Alex Tinsley 6-5 Norman Fletcher

Mark Jodrill 6-2 Geoff Whitworth

Mark Webster 6-1 Geoff Wylie

Louis Blundell 6-3 Peter Wright

Richie Burnett 6-0 Dave Ansell

Par Riihonen 6-3 Robert Watson-Lang

Roland Scholten 6-3 Shaun Dring

Jan van der Rassel 6-3 John MaGowan

Michael Barnard 6-1 Jonathan Overton

Steve Perry 6-2 Jon Archer

Nigel Birch 6-4 Adrian Gray

Stephen Hardy 6-1 Lionel Sams

Gary Anderson 6-1 John Quantock

Bryan de Hoog 6-1 Jim McKevitt

Darren Johnson 6-1 Steve Perkins

Steve Hine 6-3 Steve Grubb

Arron Monk 6-1 Ian Perkins

Jim Withers 6-0 Andy Downes

Steve Brown 6-3 Gary Blades

Gary Scratchley 6-4 Andy Fordham

Anastasia Dobromyslova 6-1 Darren Latham

First Round

Board One

Phil Taylor 6-0 Mike Roberts

Kevin McDine 6-3 Co Stompe

Wayne Mardle 6-1 Matt Gallett

Alex Tinsley 6-1 Mark Jodrill

Board Two

Kevin Painter 6-5 Chris Mason

Simon Craven 6-2 Tony Blundell

Adrian Lewis 6-0 Steve Randall

Mark Webster 6-3 Steve Cusick

Board Three

Colin Lloyd 6-1 John Part

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Tom Wilson

Jamie Caven 6-1 Mark Lawrence

Louis Blundell 6-2 Jim Leighton

Board Four

Mervyn King 6-3 Russell Mason


Bates 6-1 Ian Lever

Andy Jenkins 6-4 Joe Cullen

Stuart Bousfield 6-2 Richie Burnett

Board Five

Stuart Holden 6-5 Ronnie Baxter

Chris Cooper 6-4 Sean Dowling

Steve Maish 6-0 Steve Lane

Par Riihonen 6-4 Roland Scholten

Board Six

Mark Dudbridge 6-0 Darren Whittingham

Robert Alford 6-5 Stuart Dutton

Andy Smith 6-3 Sean Palfrey

Jan van der Rassel 6-2 Ian Jopling

Board Seven

Robert Thornton 6-4 Dennis Zijderhand

Steve Watts 6-5 Andy Fulton

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Mick McGowan

Michael Barnard v Steve Perry

Board Eight

Dennis Smith 6-3 Denis Ovens

Mark Frost 6-2 John Kuczynski

Wayne Jones 6-4 Kevin Dowling


Welding 6-4 Nigel Birch

Board Nine

Dennis Priestley 6-0 Dyson Parody

Ricky Williams 6-4 Alan Warriner-Little

Jelle Klaasen 6-2 Dave Askew

Gary Anderson 6-1 Stephen Hardy

Board Ten

Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Steve Evans

Wayne Atwood 6-1 Kirk Shepherd

Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Brian Jones


de Hoog 6-5 James Barton

Board 11

Terry Jenkins 6-4 Chris Allen

Gary Mawson 6-5 Ken Dobson

Tony Eccles 6-0 Kevin Harris

Michael Smith 6-5 Darren Johnson

Board 12

Colin Osborne 6-3 Richard Foster

John Jenkinson 6-5 Ian Lilley

Alex Roy 6-3 Peter Allen

Steve Hine 6-3 Dave Smith

Board 13

James Wade 6-0 Gary Storey

Tony Ayres 6-3 Chris Loudon

Matt Clark 6-0 Robbie Newland

Arron Monk 6-1 Nick Fullwell

Board 14

Mark Walsh 6-0 Scott Kirchner

Dave Honey 6-1 Andy Mason

Paul Nicholson 6-3 Peter Manley

Jim Withers 6-0 Alan Caves

Board 15

Alan Tabern 6-5 Dave Ladley

Larry Butler 6-0 Lee Williams

Ray Farrell 6-4 Wes Newton

Steve Brown 6-0 Gary Scratchley

Board 16

Colin Monk 6-4 Andy Hamilton

Martyn Turner 6-5 Steve Musson

Steve Beaton 6-0 Chris Daglish

Anastasia Dobromyslova 6-0 Mark Carter

Second Round

Phil Taylor 6-1 Kevin McDine

Wayne Mardle 6-2 Alex Tinsley

Simon Craven 6-3 Kevin Painter

Adrian Lewis 6-4 Mark Webster

Colin Lloyd 6-0 Brendan Dolan

Jamie Caven 6-4 Louis Blundell

Mervyn King 6-3 Barrie Bates

Stuart Bousfield 6-1 Andy Jenkins

Chris Cooper 6-5 Stuart Holden

Par Riihonen 6-3 Steve Maish

Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Robert Alford

Jan van der Rassel 6-5 Andy Smith

Robert Thornton 6-1 Steve Watts

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Michael Barnard

Dennis Smith 6-3 Mark Frost

Wayne Jones 6-4 Gary Welding

Dennis Priestley 6-4 Ricky Williams

Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Gary Anderson

Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Wayne Atwood

Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Bryan de Hoog

Terry Jenkins 6-4 Gary Mawson

Michael Smith 6-3 Tony Eccles

Colin Osborne 6-1 John Jenkinson

Steve Hine 6-3 Alex Roy

Tony Ayres 6-4 James Wade

Matt Clark 6-1 Arron Monk

Mark Walsh 6-3 Dave Honey

Jim Withers 6-5 Paul Nicholson

Larry Butler 6-3 Alan Tabern

Ray Farrell 6-4 Steve Brown

Martyn Turner 6-0 Colin Monk

Steve Beaton 6-4 Anastasia Dobromyslova

Losers £200

Third Round

Phil Taylor 6-1 Wayne Mardle

Adrian Lewis 6-1 Simon Craven

Jamie Caven 6-2 Colin Lloyd

Mervyn King 6-0 Stuart Bousfield ** Mervyn King hits nine-darter

Par Riihonen 6-3 Chris Cooper

Jan van der Rassel 6-4 Mark Dudbridge

Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Robert Thornton

Wayne Jones 6-3 Dennis Smith

Dennis Priestley 6-4 Jelle Klaasen

Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld

Terry Jenkins 6-3 Michael Smith

Steve Hine 6-4 Colin Osborne

Matt Clark 6-4 Tony Ayres

Mark Walsh 6-2 Jim Withers

Ray Farrell 6-4 Larry Butler

Steve Beaton 6-5 Martyn Turner

Losers £300

Fourth Round

Phil Taylor 6-1 Adrian Lewis

Mervyn King 6-4 Jamie Caven

Jan van der Rassel 6-4 Par Riihonen

Wayne Jones 6-5 Michael van Gerwen

Dennis Priestley 6-5 Vincent van der Voort

Terry Jenkins 6-4 Steve Hine

Mark Walsh 6-1 Matt Clark

Steve Beaton 6-3 Ray Farrell

Losers £400


Phil Taylor 6-2 Mervyn King

Jan van der Rassel 6-2 Wayne Jones

Terry Jenkins 6-3 Dennis Priestley

Mark Walsh 6-1 Steve Beaton

Losers £800


Phil Taylor 6-0 Jan van der Rassel

Mark Walsh 6-2 Terry Jenkins

Losers £1,500


Mark Walsh 6-4 Phil Taylor

Winner £6,000

Runner-Up £3,000

News Updates

Preliminary Round

Richie Burnett whitewashes Dave Ansell, and Jim Withers is another 6-0 winner.

Stephen Hardy and Bryan de Hoog take 6-1 wins, against Lionel Sams and Jim McKevitt.

Anastasia Dobromyslova moves into first round with 6-1 defeat of Darren Latham.

Arron Monk takes 6-1 victory against Ian Perkins.

Steve Brown, Par Riihonen, Louis Blundell, Steve Hine and Jan van der Rassel enjoy 6-3 wins.

Michael Barnard is 6-1 winner against Jonathan Overton.

Youngster Alex Tinsley edges out Norman Fletcher 6-5.

Gary Anderson is 6-1 winner against John Quantock.

Steve Perry is 6-2 winner against Jon Archer.

Roland Scholten defeats Shaun Dring 6-3.

Andy Fordham^s PDC debut is ended by Gary Scratchley, who wins 6-4 in their clash.

First Round

James Wade is whitewash winner against Gary Storey, and Mark Walsh defeats Scott Kirchner in the same manner.

Colin Lloyd wins 6-1 in battle with John Part.

Mervyn King is 6-3 winner against Russell Mason, and Terry Jenkins wins 6-4 against Chris Allen.

Kevin Painter edges out Chris Mason in a deciding leg.

Dennis Priestley whitewashes Dyson Pardody and Phil Taylor is 6-0 winner against Mike Roberts.

Colin Monk knocks out Andy Hamilton with 6-4 victory.

Mervyn King, Mark Dudbridge and Robert Thornton emerge unscathed from round one.

Stuart Holden defeats Ronnie Baxter in a deciding leg, with Alan Tabern overcoming Dave Ladley in the same manner.

Kevin McDine knocks out Co Stompe 6-3.

Paul Nicholson wins 6-3 in clash with Peter Manley.

Matt Clark and Steve Beaton take whitewash wins against Robbie Newland and Chris Daglish respectively.

Wayne Mardle defeats Matt Gallett 6-1.

Anastasia Dobromyslova reaches last 64 with 6-0 win over Mark Carter - setting up a rematch of her win over Steve Beaton last weekend.

Larry Butler is another 6-0 winner, against Lee Williams.

Stuart Bousfield knocks out Richie Burnett 6-2, with Louis Blundell winning in the same manner against Jim Leighton.

Adrian Lewis is 6-0 winner against Steve Randall, and Jim Withers whitewashes Alan Caves.

Dutch duo Jelle Klaasen and Jan van der Rassel are 6-2 winners, against Dave Askew and Ian Jopling.

Mark Webster defeats Steve Cusick 6-3, and now meets Adrian Lewis.

Steve Brown whitewashes Gary Scratchley to reach second round.

Par Riihonen takes 6-4 win against Roland Scholten.

Second Round

Colin Lloyd reaches last 32 with whitewash win over Brendan Dolan.

Raymond van Barneveld overcomes Wayne Atwood 6-3.

Vincent van der Voort races to 6-1 win against fellow Dutchman Bryan de Hoog.

Simon Craven knocks out Kevin Painter 6-3.

World number two James Wade is eliminated with 6-4 loss to Tony Ayres.

Colin Osborne sees off John Jenkinson 6-1, and Martyn Turner whitewashes Colin Monk,

Mark Walsh is 6-3 winner against Dave Honey, and Mervyn King sees off Barrie Bates in the same manner.

Stuart Bousfield sets up board final with Mervyn King thanks to 6-1 win over Andy Jenkins.

Mark Dudbridge is another 6-1 winner, against Robert Alford.

Terry Jenkins wins 6-4 against Gary Mawson.

Phil Taylor wins 6-1 against Kevin McDine.

Steve Beaton avenges last weekend^s loss to Anastasia Dobromyslova with 6-4 victory - although the Russian came from 3-0 down to go 4-3 up.

Adrian Lewis defeats Mark Webster 6-4.

Matt Clark is 6-1 winner against Arron Monk.

Jim Withers edges out Paul Nicholson in a deciding leg.

Wayne Mardle takes 6-2 win over Alex Tinsley.

American Larry Butler overcomes number three seed Alan Tabern 6-3 to reach last 32.

Jelle Klaasen is deciding leg winner against Gary Anderson, with Chris Cooper a 6-5 winner against Stuart Holden.

Par Riihonen is 6-3 winner against Steve Maish, and Michael van Gerwen defeats Michael Barnard 6-1.

Third Round

Vincent van der Voort reaches last 16 with 6-3 win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Mervyn King hits nine-darter in winning leg of 6-0 defeat of Stuart Bousfield, which will earn him a £4,000 bonus should no other player achieve a perfect leg in the remainder of the event.

Jamie Caven enjoys 6-2 win over Colin Lloyd.

Terry Jenkins progresses with 6-3 win over Michael Smith.

Steve Beaton wins a deciding leg battle with Martyn Turner to reach last 16.

Steve Hine knocks out Colin Osborne 6-4 and now meets Terry Jenkins.

Jan van der Rassel moves into last 16 with 6-4 win over Mark Dudbridge,

Phil Taylor - a double winner on the PDC Pro Tour last weekend and unbeaten away from the TV cameras in 2009 - is 6-1 winner against Wayne Mardle.

Adrian Lewis takes 6-1 win against Simon Craven and now takes on Taylor.

Michael van Gerwen defeats Robert Thornton in a deciding leg.

Ray Farrell is 6-4 winner against Larry Butler and now takes on Beaton in last 16.

Wayne Jones takes 6-3 win against Dennis Smith.

Par Riihonen reaches last 16 with 6-3 win over Chris Cooper.

Fourth Round

Terry Jenkins^ run of form continues with 6-4 win over Steve Hine.

Mervyn King is 6-4 winner against Jamie Caven to reach quarter-finals.

Phil Taylor remains on course for third successive Pro Tour win after 6-1 defeat of Adrian Lewis.

Dennis Priestley comes from 5-3 down to defeat Vincent van der Voort in a deciding leg.

Mark Walsh is 6-1 victor against Matt Clark to reach last eight for the first time since January.

Steve Beaton reaches quarter-finals with 6-3 win over Ray Farrell.

Wayne Jones edges out Michael van Gerwen in an 11-leg contest.

Jan van der Rassel books quarter-final spot - his first since April 2008 - with 101 finish to complete 6-4 win over Par Riihonen.


Phil Taylor wins 6-2 against Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts rival Mervyn King to reach semi-finals.

Terry Jenkins is 6-3 winner against Dennis Priestley in his third successive PDC Pro Tour quarter-final appearance.

Mark Walsh reaches first semi-final with 6-1 win over Steve Beaton.

Jan van der Rassel sets up semi-final with Taylor after 6-2 defeat of Wayne Jones, with the Dutchman hitting seven perfect darts in one leg and a 167 finish in another.


Mark Walsh defeats Terry Jenkins 6-2, reaching his first final since last November in Holland.

Phil Taylor includes a ten-dart leg in whitewashing Jan van der Rassel to reach final.

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