Wright and van Gerwen share the spoils in Killarney

Michael van Gerwen’s run of form continued as he shared the spoils with Peter Wright in the weekend’s Players Championships which were held as part of the Killarney Darts Festival.

Wright became the PDC’s 50th different winner since the ProTour – comprising Players Championships, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events – was introduced a decade ago, as he claimed the £6,000 first prize in Saturday’s Gleneagle Hotel Players Championship.

The Lowestoft ace defeated Robert Thornton 6-1 in the final, initially opening up a 4-0 lead and ending the game with a 107 average against the in-form Scot.

Wright had progressed to his first final for over a year with a 6-4 semi-final win over Adrian Gray, and he also defeated Steve Beaton and Ian White by the same scoreline in the latter stages.

Thornton’s run to the final earned him £3,000 and follows his Players Championship win in Dublin a fortnight ago and his progression to the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix quarter-finals.

Gray’s run to the semi-finals saw the 31-year-old from Hastings enjoy his best result on the ProTour since 2008, which included a whitewash of World Grand Prix semi-finalist Brendan Dolan and a win over world number seven Andy Hamilton.

Gray was joined in the last four by Darren Webster, the Norfolk ace who enjoyed his best finish since returning to the circuit in January as he saw off Vincent van der Voort, Colin Osborne, Michael Smith and Dean Winstanley in his run to the semis.

The quarter-finalists included Hamilton, Osborne, Beaton and Andy Smith, who was edged out 6-5 by Thornton.

Sunday’s John McEvoy Gold Dart Classic title was taken by Dutch star Michael van Gerwen, who followed up his World Grand Prix triumph a week ago by seeing off Nick Fullwell 6-3 in the final.

Van Gerwen (pictured) – a narrow last 32 loser to Scott Rand on Saturday – was in brilliant form as he recorded a 113.09 average in his semi-final win over Jamie Caven, which included an 11-dart leg and two 12-darters.

He had also only dropped two legs in his wins over Bernd Roith, Mick Todd and Roland Scholten before seeing off Colin Lloyd and Kevin McDine in reaching the latter stages.

Stourbridge’s Fullwell enjoyed his best-ever finish on the PDC ProTour as the runner-up, opening the day with a narrow win over Thornton before then seeing off former World Youth Champion Arron Monk 6-5.

He then overcame Mick Egan, Brian Woods and John Henderson, before seeing off Wright 6-4 in the semis as he reached his maiden final.

Wright’s run to the semis saw him claim a further £2,000 prize money, while Caven matched that performance before meeting van Gerwen in the last four.

Stoke’s Ian White reached the quarter-finals on Sunday to follow a run to the last 16 on Saturday, while Coventry duo Scott Rand and Steve Hine reached the last 16 on both days.

The Killarney Darts Festival also featured the non-ranked Ladbrokes Irish Masters on Friday night, which was won by Gary Anderson as he defeated Colin Osborne in the final, while Sharon Buckley won the Silver Dart Ladies’ Open and Liam Gallagher was the Bronze Dart Youth’s Open champion.

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