Dave Chisnall was denied a second Players’ Championship win of the year when he suffered a 6-1 weekend hammering at the hands of Dutchman Benito van de Pas.
But despite the St Helens ace losing the Barnsley showdown comprehensively, he still continued his strong form during October which has also seen him reach the Unibet World Grand Prix final and the HappyBet German Darts Championship semi-final.
Chisnall swept past Tony Newell, Scott Dale and Ronnie Baxter in the early rounds before overcoming the in-form trio of Steve West James Wilson and Daryl Gurney to reach the final, with the £6,000 prize money moving him up to sixth on the PDC Order of Merit.
But no. 3 seed van de Pass held most of the trump cards throughout the competition, negotiating his way into the last 16 for the loss of just seven legs in early wins over Dimitri Van den Bergh, Ted Evetts and Robert Owen, before overcoming Jamie Lewis 6-3 to move into the quarter-finals.
There, he dropped just two legs against Matthew Edgar before producing a superb comeback in the semis against Justin Pipe, who led 4-1 and 5-4 before the young Dutchman prevailed in a decider. and then went on to claim the title.