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Jose de Sousa defeats Ryan Searle to claim Players’ Championship for second day in a row |  Darts News


Jose de Sousa is enjoying a remarkable week at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, winning a PDC Pro Tour title on two consecutive days. “The Special One” sealed the triumph by beating Ryan Searle 8-7 in the final

Last update: 06/16/21 9:55 PM

Jose de Sousa is in remarkable shape

Jose de Sousa won back-to-back PDC titles with a Players Championship 15 victory at Milton Keynes on Wednesday, beating Ryan Searle 8-7 in the final at Marshall Arena.

De Sousa, who won the 14 Player Championship on Tuesday and averaged 127 in Monday’s 13 Player Championship, continued his remarkable week at the Marshall Arena to win another £ 10,000 title.

The Grand Slam darts champion survived a match dart from Searle in the final, having averaged 112 in a 7-2 semifinal victory over Rob Cross.

A tight final saw Searle produce a 161 checkout to land the first pitching break for a 5-4 lead, and after De Sousa missed a dart at the top to bring the score to 6-6, Searle looked set to go. double its total of ProTour titles.

However, after De Sousa hit a throw with a combination of 135 for a 12-darter, the next match saw Searle miss the mark for the match, allowing the Portuguese to pin the double 10 to lead the match to one match. decisive.

The final leg saw Searle unable to snatch the darts from De Sousa as the world No.10, with the throwing advantage, sealed the title with a 102 takedown.

Jose de Sousa defeats Ryan Searle to claim Players’ Championship for second day in a row |  Darts News

Ryan Searle narrowly missed the final

“It’s great to win repeated titles,” said De Sousa. “This is something I didn’t expect at all.

“Ryan played really well but he missed in the end and I punished him. It doesn’t make me happy doing that but that’s the game.

“I wouldn’t say the players are afraid of me now, but I would say they respect me as a player. I think I deserve this after all of my hard work.”

Jose de Sousa defeats Ryan Searle to claim Players’ Championship for second day in a row |  Darts News

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De Sousa, who hit 34,180 points in another impressive day of darts – Searle’s 18 being the second highest tally – picked up victories over Jonathan Worsley and Rowby-John Rodriguez in the first two rounds .

The Portuguese No.1 went on to defeat Kevin Doets and Jeff Smith to reach the quarter-finals, where he avenged his Premier League final loss to Jonny Clayton.

Meanwhile, Searle’s run to the Finals sees him catapult back into the provisional ProTour Order of Merit qualifying spots for the Betfred World Matchplay.

Searle, who is aiming for a Winter Gardens debut in July, took the scalps of Gary Anderson and Joe Cullen en route to the final but saw his bid for a second PDC ranking title narrowly fall short.

Elsewhere on day three, Ian White hit the fourth nine stinger of Super Series 4 in a 6-4 second-round loss to Ron Meulenkamp.

Adrian Lewis continued his improved form with a first quarter-final of the Players of the Year Championship, while Croatia’s Boris Krcmar reached the last eight for the first time in a ProTour event.

A reborn Cross took his first victory over Michael van Gerwen in three years in the quarter-finals, as the Dutchman awaits a first title in 2021.

PDC Super Series 4 ends Thursday with Players Championship 16 as players return for the last time this week to compete for an additional £ 75,000 in prize money.

2021 Players’ Championship 15 results

Last 16
Ryan Searle 6-3 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Boris Krcmar 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Damon Heta
José de Sousa 6-3 Jeff Smith
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Rob Cross 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 6- 2 Mervyn King

Quarter-finals
Ryan Searle 6-2 Boris Krcmar
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Adrian Lewis
José de Sousa 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Rob Cross 6-5 Peter Wright

Semi finals
Ryan Searle 7-4 Stephen Bunting
José de Sousa 7-2 Rob Cross

Final
José de Sousa 8-7 Ryan Searle

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