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Article: Hat-Trick for Winmau^s Dennis Priestley

Hat-Trick for Winmau^s Dennis Priestley

DENNIS PRIESTLEY picked up a third PDC Pro Tour victory of 2008 with a 3-1 victory over Raymond van Barneveld in Sunday^s Irish Players Championship.

Priestley, 58, followed up earlier wins this year in Bristol and Canada with a fine performance to warm up for the Sky Poker World Grand Prix in style.

He had reached the quarter-finals of Saturday^s Players Championship on his return from a month out of action to undergo radiotherapy treatment during his ongoing battle with prostate cancer.

Sunday saw him battle through the field at the Citywest Hotel to claim the £5,000 title at the expense of Dutch ace van Barneveld.

He was pushed all the way by Spain^s Carlos Rodriguez in round one, and defeated John MaGowan, Louis Blundell, Colin Monk and Jelle Klaasen to reach the semi-finals.

Priestley then came from a set down to defeat Mervyn King 3-1 in the last four, and made an ideal start to the decider by winning the first two legs for a one-set advantage.

Van Barneveld edged the second set in a deciding leg with an 82 finish, despite a third maximum of the game from Priestley, and the Dutchman took the opener to set three.

But Priestley opened the next leg with a 174 score and took out double eight to level before winning the set on double five.

He then took two successive legs in the next, punishing misses from the Dutchman in the fourth set^s opener, to seal the win.

"I^m very proud and very tired!" said Priestley, who moves back to tenth in the PDC Order of Merit as a result of the win.

"I^m drained and it^s been two long days, but I pushed myself through and was very determined.

"It^s a big confidence boost ahead of the World Grand Prix. I play Denis Ovens on Monday and I can^t wait to get on stage now, and hopefully continue this form."

Van Barneveld marked his return to action following a two-month break with a third Players Championship final of the year.

He had been knocked out in the last 16 on Saturday, but powered past Brendan Dolan, Kevin McDine, Robert Thornton, Denis Ovens, Colin Lloyd and Jamie Caven to reach the final.

King knocked out Saturday^s Players Championship winner Phil Taylor in the last 16, making him the only player to record two wins over the 13-time World Champion so far in 2008 after a win in Scotland in April.

Leicester^s Jamie Caven followed up his run to the final of a Players Championship in Wales last month with a semi-final appearance in this event, including World Championship runner-up Kirk Shepherd, Roland Scholten and Ronnie Baxter among his victims.

2004 World Grand Prix winner Colin Lloyd was a quarter-finalist for the second successive day, losing to van Barneveld on Sunday.

Jelle Klaasen reached the last eight of a Players Championship for the second time this year, while Adrian Lewis also reached the quarters.

Saturday’s Players Championship saw Taylor win his 13th Pro Tour event of 2008, defeating James Wade 3-2 in the final.

Taylor came from 1-0 and 2-1 down to take victory with a ten-dart winning leg against the defending World Grand Prix champion.

Vincent van der Voort and Colin Osborne were semi-finalists in that event, with Osborne ending van Barneveld’s challenge in the last 16.



Irish Players Championship (Saturday)

Preliminary Round

Ian Jopling 3-2 Nick Fulwell

John Jenkinson 3-1 Nigel Peden


First Round

Phil Taylor 3-0 Martyn Turner

Lee Williams 3-0 Matt Sheehan

Steve Beaton 3-1 Simon Whatley

Ian Jopling 3-0 Dave Ansell

Mervyn King 3-2 Tony Eccles

Louis Blundell 3-0 John Dawes

Kevin Painter 3-1 Dave Askew

Shane O^Connor 3-0 Alan Green

Andy Hamilton 3-0 Nigel Birch

Mark Lawrence 3-1 Chris Oprey

Andy Smith 3-0 Colin Ritchie

Bob Crawley 3-0 Karl Loiseau

Adrian Lewis 3-1 Darin Young

Dave Ladley 3-2 Steve Maish

Barrie Bates 3-2 Chris Cooper

Tony Ayres 3-0 Steve Musson

Terry Jenkins 3-2 Jamie Caven

Dennis Smith 3-2 John Kuczynski

Wayne Jones 3-0 Andy Mason

Aaron Turner 3-0 Jon Archer

Dennis Priestley 3-0 Jonathan Overton

Co Stompe 3-0 Chris Sargeant

Chris Mason 3-2 Colin Monk

James Keogh 3-0 Ian Eames

John Part 3-0 Geoff Daniels

Jacko Barry 3-2 Peter Wright

Alex Roy 3-0 Andrew Davies

Chris Thompson 3-1 Gary Barnett

Peter Manley 3-1 Jan van der Rassel

Joe Cullen 3-1 Stuart Dutton

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 James Barton

Steve Brown 3-2 Robert Watson-Lang

Raymond van Barneveld 3-2 Darren Johnson

Jim Withers 3-1 Steve Cusick

Mick McGowan 3-1 Stephen Hardy

Lee Holden 3-1 John Jenkinson

Colin Osborne 3-1 Gary Mawson

Darren Latham 3-1 Sam Rooney

Denis Ovens 3-0 Tony Blundell

Darren Sutton 3-1 Stuart Holden

Colin Lloyd 3-1 John Quantock

Steve Cupitt 3-2 Ben Burton

Matt Clark 3-1 Mark Walsh

Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Kevin Harris

Alan Tabern 3-0 Gary Storey

Felix McBrearty 3-0 Lionel Sams

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Mark Frost

Scott Kirchner 3-0 Ken Dobson

Wayne Mardle 3-0 Dave Honey

Robert Thornton 3-2 Jelle Klaasen

Adrian Gray 3-1 Peter Aleman

Carlos Rodriguez 3-0 Lee White

Roland Scholten 3-0 Ian Critchett

Alan Warriner-Little 3-0 Andy Howarth

Kirk Shepherd 3-2 Steve Evans

John MaGowan 3-1 Danny King

James Wade 3-0 Alan Caves

Wayne Atwood 3-0 Steve Grubb

Wes Newton 3-0 Andy Pearson

Danny Pinhorne 3-0 Jim Leighton

Ronnie Baxter 3-0 David Platt

Brendan Dolan 3-0 Robbie Newland

Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Shane Passey

Kevin McDine 3-1 Geoff Whitworth


Second Round

Phil Taylor 3-0 Lee Williams

Steve Beaton 3-0 Ian Jopling

Mervyn King 3-1 Louis Blundell

Kevin Painter 3-1 Shane O^Connor

Andy Hamilton 3-0 Mark Lawrence

Andy Smith 3-1 Bob Crawley

Adrian Lewis 3-0 Dave Ladley

Barrie Bates 3-1 Tony Ayres

Terry Jenkins 3-0 Dennis Smith

Wayne Jones 3-1 Aaron Turner

Dennis Priestley 3-0 Co Stompe

Chris Mason 3-2 James Keogh

John Part 3-2 Jacko Barry

Alex Roy 3-0 Chris Thompson

Peter Manley 3-1 Joe Cullen

Vincent van der Voort 3-2 Steve Brown

Raymond van Barneveld 3-2 Jim Withers

Mick McGowan 3-1 Lee Holden

Colin Osborne 3-1 Darren Latham

Denis Ovens 3-0 Darren Sutton

Colin Lloyd 3-1 Steve Cupitt

Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Matt Clark

Alan Tabern 3-2 Felix McBrearty

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Scott Kirchner

Robert Thornton 3-1 Wayne Mardle

Adrian Gray 3-1 Carlos Rodriguez

Alan Warriner-Little 3-1 Roland Scholten

John MaGowan 3-0 Kirk Shepherd

James Wade 3-0 Wayne Atwood

Wes Newton 3-0 Danny Pinhorne

Brendan Dolan 3-2 Ronnie Baxter

Kevin McDine 3-2 Mark Dudbridge

Losers £75


Third Round

Phil Taylor 3-2 Steve Beaton

Mervyn King 3-0 Kevin Painter

Andy Hamilton 3-0 Andy Smith

Adrian Lewis 3-1 Barrie Bates

Terry Jenkins 3-0 Wayne Jones

Dennis Priestley 3-0 Chris Mason

Alex Roy 3-0 John Part

Vincent van der Voort 3-1 Peter Manley

Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Mick McGowan

Colin Osborne 3-0 Denis Ovens

Colin Lloyd 3-1 Michael van Gerwen

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Alan Tabern

Robert Thornton 3-1 Adrian Gray

John MaGowan 3-1 Alan Warriner-Little

James Wade 3-1 Wes Newton

Brendan Dolan 3-1 Kevin McDine

Losers £150


Fourth Round

Phil Taylor 3-1 Mervyn King

Andy Hamilton 3-0 Adrian Lewis

Dennis Priestley 3-1 Terry Jenkins

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Alex Roy

Colin Osborne 3-1 Raymond van Barneveld

Colin Lloyd 3-1 Andy Jenkins

John MaGowan 3-2 Robert Thornton

James Wade 3-1 Brendan Dolan

Losers £300



Phil Taylor 3-1 Andy Hamilton

Vincent van der Voort 3-2 Dennis Priestley

Colin Osborne 3-1 Colin Lloyd

James Wade 3-2 John MaGowan

Losers £600



Phil Taylor 3-0 Vincent van der Voort

James Wade 3-1 Colin Osborne

Losers £1,250



Phil Taylor 3-2 James Wade (1-2, 2-0, 1-2, 2-0, 2-0)

Winner £5,000

Runner-Up £2,500


Irish Players Championship (Sunday)

Preliminary Round

Nick Fulwell 3-0 Jim Leighton


First Round

Steve Beaton 3-0 Andy Howarth

Stuart Dutton 3-2 Ian Jopling

Phil Taylor 3-2 Sam Rooney

Nick Fulwell 3-0 Jon Archer

Kevin Painter 3-0 Chris Sargeant

Mark Lawrence 3-1 Darren Johnson

Mervyn King 3-0 Chris Oprey

Gary Barnett 3-2 Ian Critchett

Andy Smith 3-0 Kevin Harris

Chris Thompson 3-1 Alan Caves

Andy Hamilton 3-2 Felix McBrearty

Alan Warriner-Little 3-2 Shane Passey

Barrie Bates 3-0 Lee White

Simon Whatley 3-0 Nigel Birch

Adrian Lewis 3-1 Tony Blundell

Stephen Hardy 3-0 Steve Cupitt

Wayne Jones 3-1 Steve Cusick

Jan van der Rassel 3-1 Jacko Barry

Terry Jenkins 3-0 Darren Sutton

Colin Monk 3-0 Scott Kirchner

Chris Mason 3-1 Robert Watson-Lang

Louis Blundell 3-0 Andy Mason

Dennis Priestley 3-2 Carlos Rodriguez

John MaGowan 3-0 Andrew Davies

Alex Roy 3-2 Ken Dobson

Jim Withers 3-2 David Platt

Steve Grubb 3-2 John Part

Gary Mawson 3-1 Karl Loiseau

Jelle Klaasen 3-2 Vincent van der Voort

Andy Pearson 3-1 John Quantock

Peter Manley 3-0 Gary Storey

Dave Honey 3-2 Tony Ayres

Robert Thornton 3-1 Mick McGowan

Dave Askew Bye (Alan Green Withdrew through injury)

Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Brendan Dolan

Kevin McDine 3-0 John Dawes

Denis Ovens 3-0 Nigel Peden

Robbie Newland 3-1 Darren Latham

Peter Wright 3-2 Colin Osborne

Steve Evans 3-1 Matt Sheehan

Mark Walsh 3-0 Peter Aleman

Danny King 3-0 Dave Ansell

Colin Lloyd 3-0 Dave Ladley

John Kuczynski 3-0 Dennis Smith

Andy Jenkins 3-0 Danny Pinhorne

Lionel Sams 3-2 Co Stompe

Alan Tabern 3-0 Michael van Gerwen

Matt Clark 3-0 Steve Maish

Chris Cooper 3-1 Adrian Gray

James Barton 3-1 Martyn Turner

Wayne Mardle 3-1 Steve Musson

Mark Frost 3-1 Wayne Atwood

Kirk Shepherd 3-0 Stuart Holden

Jamie Caven 3-0 Geoff Daniels

Roland Scholten 3-0 Jonathan Overton

Lee Holden 3-1 John Jenkinson

Wes Newton 3-0 Aaron Turner

Tony Eccles 3-0 Ian Eames

James Wade 3-0 James Keogh

Joe Cullen 3-0 Darin Young

Mark Dudbridge 3-1 Lee Williams

Shane O^Connor 3-2 Geoff Whitworth

Ronnie Baxter 3-2 Ben Burton

Bob Crawley 3-0 Steve Brown


Second Round

Steve Beaton 3-0 Stuart Dutton

Phil Taylor 3-1 Nick Fulwell

Kevin Painter 3-0 Mark Lawrence

Mervyn King 3-0 Gary Barnett

Andy Smith 3-1 Chris Thompson

Andy Hamilton 3-1 Alan Warriner-Little

Barrie Bates 3-1 Simon Whatley

Adrian Lewis 3-0 Stephen Hardy

Wayne Jones 3-1 Jan van der Rassel

Colin Monk 3-0 Terry Jenkins

Louis Blundell 3-2 Chris Mason

Dennis Priestley 3-1 John MaGowan

Alex Roy 3-0 Jim Withers

Steve Grubb 3-0 Gary Mawson

Jelle Klaasen 3-0 Andy Pearson

Peter Manley 3-2 Dave Honey

Robert Thornton 3-1 Dave Askew

Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Kevin McDine

Denis Ovens 3-0 Robbie Newland

Peter Wright 3-1 Steve Evans

Mark Walsh 3-1 Danny King

Colin Lloyd 3-0 John Kuczynski

Andy Jenkins 3-2 Lionel Sams

Alan Tabern 3-1 Matt Clark

Chris Cooper 3-1 James Barton

Mark Frost 3-2 Wayne Mardle

Jamie Caven 3-1 Kirk Shepherd

Roland Scholten 3-2 Lee Holden

Tony Eccles 3-1 Wes Newton

James Wade 3-1 Joe Cullen

Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Shane O^Connor

Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Bob Crawley

Losers £75


Third Round

Phil Taylor 3-1 Steve Beaton

Mervyn King 3-1 Kevin Painter

Andy Hamilton 3-0 Andy Smith

Adrian Lewis 3-0 Barrie Bates

Colin Monk 3-1 Wayne Jones

Dennis Priestley 3-2 Louis Blundell

Alex Roy 3-2 Steve Grubb

Jelle Klaasen 3-0 Peter Manley

Raymond van Barneveld 3-2 Robert Thornton

Denis Ovens 3-1 Peter Wright

Colin Lloyd 3-1 Mark Walsh

Alan Tabern 3-1 Andy Jenkins

Mark Frost 3-2 Chris Cooper

Jamie Caven 3-0 Roland Scholten

James Wade 3-0 Tony Eccles

Ronnie Baxter 3-2 Mark Dudbridge

Losers £150


Fourth Round

Mervyn King 3-1 Phil Taylor

Adrian Lewis 3-1 Andy Hamilton

Dennis Priestley 3-0 Colin Monk

Jelle Klaasen 3-0 Alex Roy

Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Denis Ovens

Colin Lloyd 3-2 Alan Tabern

Jamie Caven 3-2 Mark Frost

Ronnie Baxter 3-2 James Wade

Losers £300



Mervyn King 3-0 Adrian Lewis

Dennis Priestley 3-0 Jelle Klaasen

Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Colin Lloyd

Jamie Caven 3-0 Ronnie Baxter

Losers £600



Dennis Priestley 3-1 Mervyn King (1-2, 2-0, 2-1, 2-1)

Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Jamie Caven (2-0, 1-2, 2-1, 2-1)

Losers £1,250



Dennis Priestley 3-1 Raymond van Barneveld (2-0, 1-2, 2-1, 2-0)

Winner £5,000

Runner-Up £2,500

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