The first day of PDC Summer Series action in the form of Players Championship 9 is into the Last 16 with Krzysztof Ratajski in particular continuing red hot form.

Ratajski hit a 107 average in his win over his close friend Krzysztof Kciuk and continued in that vein against Ryan Searle who himself averaged 103 on the same board in his last win. He hit a 108 average in defeating ‘Heavy Metal’, a winner on the Players Championship circuit this year.

Michael van Gerwen continues to edge towards potentially a first Players Championship title of the season, he defied the same average of 106 from Callan Rydz to win 6-4 as he denied the Bedlington ace in another close shave.

He will face Stephen Bunting next who continues his march as he attempts to qualify for the World Matchplay, he saw off the impressive Dutchman, Martijn Kleermaker 6-4.

Other players through include Dave Chisnall who edged past a brilliant Jonny Clayton, Gabriel Clemens who averaged 103 in seeing off Robert Collins and Jamie Hughes who may have forgotten the no handshake rule but he didn’t forget how to win against James Wade 6-4.

Players Championship 9
Last 32

Stephen Bunting 6 | 4 Martijn Kleermaker
Danny Noppert 6 | 5 Ross Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6 | 4 Callan Rydz
Jamie Hughes 6 | 4 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 6 | 5 Vincent van der Voort
Darren Webster 6 | 4 Steve Brown
Steve Beaton 6 | 5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Robert Collins 1 | 6 Gabriel Clemens
Peter Wright 6 | 3 James Wilson
Rob Cross 6 | 3 Simon Whitlock
Jason Lowe 6 | 4 Andy Hamilton
Glen Durrant 6 | 2 Benito van de Pas
Krzysztof Ratajski 6 | 2 Ryan Searle
Eddie Lovely 6 | 4 Michael Smith
Ricky Evans 6 | 4 Richard North
Dave Chisnall 6 | 4 Jonny Clayton

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Author: Samuel Gill