Brendan Dolan continued his resurgence by winning Players Championship 29 in Barnsley on Monday, while Peter Wright set a new record for the highest ever recorded average in a live broadcast match.
Having ended his five-year wait for a PDC title at Players Championship 22 in August, Dolan made it two in just over months with a hard-fought 8-6 win over Ian White in the final.
The Northern Irishman fired in averages of 104.9 and 104.8 in victories over Mark Webster and Gerwyn Price respectively on his way to the semi-finals, before overcoming record-breaker Wright in a last-leg decider to reach the final.
“I can still do it, I played quality darts today at the right times and I think I deserved any luck I got,” said Dolan, who now has six PDC titles to his name.
“The one in Hildesheim was more of a relief, whereas today I came into it with more belief that I could win having done it recently.
“When you’ve not been winning for five years your confidence is not so high and winning in Hildesheim has drastically changed that.
“In my head today I was determined to add money to my ranking to give me shot of qualifying for the 2020 World Matchplay and World Grand Prix.
“I’ve missed those two events for the last three years and it’s killed me not being there, so hopefully next year I will be.”
Former World Grand Prix runner-up Dolan produced checkouts of 136 and 161 to hold throw in two of the opening four legs of the final, before finding his way through to double three for the first break of the match in leg seven to take a 4-3 lead.
Another ton-plus finish, this time a 108, opened up a two-leg cushion for Dolan, an advantage which he soon doubled by taking the next two legs.
White then began a spirited comeback, and after Dolan squandered three match darts in leg 12, White found himself within a leg of Dolan at 6-7.
However, Dolan held firm and a strong leg on throw saw ended with him hitting the match-winning double at the fifth attempt.
Earlier in the day, Wright averaged 123.5 in his 6-0 quarter-final win against Krzysztof Ratajski, the highest ever recorded in a live broadcast darts match.
The previous record broadcast average was 123.4, set by Michael van Gerwen in a 7-1 defeat of Michael Smith in the 2016 Premier League.
Elsewhere, the day was also a significant one for Ron Meulenkamp who reached his sixth ProTour semi-final, but the Dutchman was unable to break his duck of never making it to a final.
Tuesday’s Players Championship 30 will be the final PDC ProTour event of 2019, after which the top 32 players on the one-year rolling ProTour Order of Merit will provisionally qualify for the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship, excluding players who will qualify as one of the top 32 players on the main PDC Order of Merit.
Places at November’s Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals will also be on the line, as the top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit at the conclusion of Players Championship 30 will qualify for the Minehead event.
All the action from Players Championship 30 will be streamed live on video.pdc.tv.
See full Players Championship 29 results in the Match Centre.
Players Championship 29
Monday October 14
Ian White 6-5 Jose De Sousa
Joe Cullen 6-4 Joe Murnan
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Devon Petersen
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Callan Rydz
Peter Wright 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Michael Smith
Ian White 6-1 Joe Cullen
Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 6-0 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ian White 7-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Brendan Dolan 7-6 Peter Wright
Brendan Dolan 8-6 Ian White