Nathan Aspinall is a PDC ranking winner and the latest in a long line of different winners this year. He saw off another first time finalist in Ryan Searle.
Searle raced into a 2-0 lead but ‘The Asp’ came back to claim a 6-4 win with some silky finishing at the right time. Aspinall won four legs on the spin to lead 4-2, but lost his throw in the eighth leg. Searle hit back-to-back 13-dart legs to level at 4-4.
However, Searle failed to hold his own leg in leg nine and saw that Aspinall hit double 8 to move one leg away from victory. The former World Youth Championship runner-up took his chance and finished the game with a 16-dart leg to claim his first PDC ranking title.
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Players Championship 18
Nathan Aspinall 6 | 3 James Wilson
Steve Beaton 6 | 4 Jelle Klaasen
Gerwyn Price 6 | 1 Richard North
Ian White 6 | 2 Jan Dekker
Ron Meulenkamp 6 | 2 Mervyn King
John Henderson 6 | 3 Adrian Lewis
Steve Lennon 6 | 5 Darren Webster
Ryan Searle 6 | 2 Tony Newell
Nathan Aspinall 6 | 5 Steve Beaton
Ian White 6 | 5 Gerwyn Price
Ron Meulenkamp 6 | 3 John Henderson
Ryan Searle 6 | 4 Steve Lennon
Nathan Aspinall 6 | 5 Ian White
Ryan Searle 6 | 5 Ron Meulenkamp
Nathan Aspinall 6 | 4 Ryan Searle
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Author: Samuel Gill