NOPPERT OFF THE MARK IN THE PRO TOUR
Reigning UK Open Champion Danny Noppert started his 2023 PDC Players Championship campaign in emphatic style, beating fellow Winmau player Simon Whitlock 8-3 in the Final of Event 2 at the Barnsley Metrodome.
The Freeze averaged 100.70 in the Final to round off a brilliant day for the Joure thrower, after claiming victories over the likes of Brendan Dolan and Callan Rydz on Sunday.
The Dutchman claims his third Pro Tour victory in his PDC darting career, having won the one event last year, beating Andrew Gilding 8-6 in the Final of Players Championship 19, coming back from 6-3 down to beat Goldfinger.
Noppert included two ton plus averages in Yorkshire, averaging 100.70 again in edging out Jamie Hughes 6-3 in the Last 16.
The Freeze started the day with a 6-3 victory over Irish international Dylan Slevin, with the 20-year-old reaching the Semi Finals of Players Championship 1 in what was his debut tournament.
The Winmau player whitewashed Connor Scutt 6-0 in the Second Round before beating Denmark International Vladimir Andersen 6-4, in a close tungsten tussle in the Last 32.
Simon Whitlock impressed in Barnsley as he reached the Final of Event 2, opening the day with a 6-3 win over Belgian Darts Open champion Dave Chisnall. The Wizard’s best arrows came against World Number 5 Luke Humphries, averaging 100.30 in a 7-4 win over Cool Hand Luke in the Semi Finals.
The Australian World Cup of Darts winner missed out narrowly on the World Matchplay last year, after falling just short on the Pro Tour Order of Merit.
Reaching the Final on the opening weekend this year could play a huge part if the former World Championship finalist is to return to the Winter Gardens, with Whitlock making it to the Semi Finals on two occasions in the World Matchplay back in 2010 and 2014.
Players Championship’s 3 and 4 take place next week again at the Barnsley Metrodome, as the 2023 PDC Pro Tour continues, with Danny Noppert and Ryan Searle the first two winners of the year.
By Harry Masterson
Players Championship 2 Results:
Luke Humphries 6-5 Dimitri van den Bergh
James Wade 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Richard Veenstra 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Nathan Rafferty
Michael Smith 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Callan Rydz 6-5 Steve Lennon
Danny Noppert 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Luke Humphries 6-5 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Richard Veenstra
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Michael Smith
Danny Noppert 6-4 Callan Rydz
Simon Whitlock 7-4 Luke Humphries
Danny Noppert 7-3 Brendan Dolan
Danny Noppert 8-3 Simon Whitlock