Peter Wright defeated Madars Razma 8-1 to win day one of the PDC Autumn Series.
It was Snakebite’s second successive Pro Tour title, after claiming victory on the final day of the Summer Series in July.
However, despite losing in the final, it was an excellent day for Razma. After being one game away from a World Series of Darts Finals place on Friday, he backed it up today with a run to his second PDC ranking final. It also saw him go into the World Grand Prix qualification places, replacing Steve Beaton.
Elsewhere on day one of the PDC Autumn Series:
- Devon Petersen and Michael van Gerwen made semi finals
- Mervyn King and Martijn Kleermaker made moves towards the Grand Prix qualification places
- Lisa Ashton made the first board final of her PDC career
Wright goes 14 unbeaten in Pro Tour competition
It was a largely scare free day for Snakebite, who was looking to follow up his second place finsih in the league phase of the Premier League by winning the first title on offer in Niederhausen, Germany.
In what looked a tricky first round tie on paper, he easily put aside Callum Rydz 6-2 in round one. He then defeated Graham Usher by the same scoreline in round two, and then the World Matchplay champion, and lockdown lodger Dimitri Van den Bergh, by the same scoreline in round three to win his board.
Wright averaged 99 for two of those games, and averaged 99 in his next two games. He won 6-1 against Boris Krcmar, before whitewashing Premier League league phase champion Glen Durrant 6-0.
That set up a mouth watering semi final against Michael van Gerwen, who had changed back to his old darts and was looking imperious throughout the day. In a high quality affair, Wright was 5-2 down, despite averaging 115 at one stage. However, he fought back hard, eventually coming through 7-6 in a last leg decider with a 109 average.
That set him up perfectly against a surprise finalist in Razma, and he hardly broke sweat. He won four legs on the spin to start with, and despite the Latvian getting one leg on the board, Snakebite powered on to claim another four legs on the spin for an 8-1 victory. It’s the first time he’s won two straight Pro Tours in nearly two years.
Razma reaches second PDC final
Madars Razma was quoted at 400/1 to win the title today by some bookmakers to win Players Championship 14, but surprised everyone with a fantastic run to the final.
After making the final round of the World Series qualifier yesterday, the Latvian continued his good form with a 6-3 victory over Steve Lennon in round one. He then beat Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 in the second round, before winning his board with a 6-4 victory against Ian White.
Razma then continued on a fairytale run, beating Karel Sedlacek in the top 16, and demolishing Jelle Klaasen 6-1 in the quarter finals. This meant he’d face Devon Petersen in the semi final, who was desperate to make his first ever PDC ranking final. In what was a topsy turvy game, Razma missed two darts for the match in the 12th leg, leaving Petersen to level up at 6-6. Petersen then missed a bull for the match in the 13th leg, allowing Razma to find a 78 outshot to win an absolute scrap of a semi final, and reach the World Grand Prix qualification places in the process.
The semi final win seemed to take a lot out of Razma. He could not get going in the final against the World Champion, but has put himself in a great position to reach the Grand Prix for the first time in his career.
What else happened?
Both Devon Petersen and Michael van Gerwen made important semi finals for different reasons. For Petersen, that takes him onto £17,000, £3,000 away from £20,000 on the Order of Merit and potentially securing his World Grand Prix place. For MvG, it was the first time he’d thrown with his old darts, and looked unplayable at times throughout the day. He took out big finishes, and the darts seemed to group better for him, which could give him confidence for the rest of the week.
Elsewhere, Jesus Noguera produced a quarter final run, following up a good run at the World Series qualifier yesterday. Simon Whitlock and Mervyn King made the top 16, while Martijn Kleermaker made the last 32, putting themselves right back in the qualification race for the Grand Prix. It was a good day for the three as:
- Chris Dobey
- Steve Beaton
- Jeff Smith
- Jonny Clayton
All lost in the first round. It means that Beaton drops out of the qualification places on countback, with Dobey on the same prize money of £14,000. It tightens up the race, and players know that they will need one good day at least this week to get themselves to the Grand Prix.
- PDC Order of Merit. The top 16 players on this will be seeded for the World Grand Prix.
- PDC Pro Tour of Merit. The top 16 players who aren’t already in the top 16 on the normal order of merit will qualify.
Finally, Carl Wilkinson hit a perfect leg. He hit the nine darter in his first round match against Joe Cullen, but he lost 6-5.
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Day One Results
Peter Wright 8-1 Madars Razma
Madars Razma 7-6 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 7-6 Michael van Gerwen
Devon Petersen 6-5 Jesus Noguera
Madars Razma 6-1 Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright 6-0 Glen Durrant
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Michael van Gerwen
Devon Petersen 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Jesus Noguera 6-4 Scott Waites
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Madars Razma 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
Peter Wright 6-1 Boris Krcmar
Glen Durrant 6-2 Mervyn King
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Jose De Sousa
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 William Borland
Devon Petersen 6-2 Gerwyn Price
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Josh Payne
Jesus Noguera 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Scott Waites 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Danny Noppert
Madars Razma 6-4 Ian White
Karel Sedlacek 6-1 Luke Woodhouse
Peter Wright 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Boris Krcmar 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Mervyn King 6-5 Adrian Gray
Glen Durrant 6-0 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Jan Dekker
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Stephen Bunting
William Borland 6-5 Lisa Ashton
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Devon Petersen 6-3 Andrew Gilding
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Richard North
Josh Payne 6-1 Martin Schindler
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Harry Ward
Jesus Noguera 6-1 Ross Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Wayne Jones
Scott Waites 6-2 Joe Cullen
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Andy Boulton
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Steve West
Danny Noppert 6-3 Robert Thornton
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Maikel Verberk
Ian White 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Madars Razma 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Rob Cross
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Peter Wright 6-2 Graham Usher
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Keegan Brown
Dave Chisnall 6-3 William O’Connor
Boris Krcmar 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Adrian Gray 6-4 James Wade
Mervyn King 6-4 Ryan Murray
Glen Durrant 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-2 Benito van de Pas
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Derk Telnekes
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Jose De Sousa 6-4 Reece Robinson
Jan Dekker 6-5 Jitse Van der Wal
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Luke Humphries
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Ted Evetts
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
William Borland 6-2 Ryan Searle
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Scott Mitchell 6-5 Brian Raman
Devon Petersen 6-4 Kai Fan Leung
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Jason Lowe
Richard North 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Niels Zonneveld
Josh Payne 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Martin Schindler 6-2 Bradley Brooks
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Joe Murnan
Harry Ward 6-5 Steffen Siepmann
Jesus Noguera 6-5 Steve Beaton
Ross Smith 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Gavin Carlin
Wayne Jones 6-5 Alan Tabern
Joe Cullen 6-5 Carl Wilkinson
Scott Waites 6-1 Nick Kenny
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Andy Boulton 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Steve West 6-5 Andy Hamilton
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Justin Pipe
Danny Noppert 6-2 Peter Jacques
Robert Thornton 6-2 Justin Hood
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Maikel Verberk 6-3 Scott Baker
Ian White 6-3 Christian Bunse
Kirk Shepherd 6-5 David Pallett
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Mike De Decker
Madars Razma 6-3 Steve Lennon
Rob Cross 6-5 Marko Kantele
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Steve Brown
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Matthew Edgar 6-3 Nathan Derry
Peter Wright 6-2 Callan Rydz
Graham Usher 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Keegan Brown 6-4 Max Hopp
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Barrie Bates
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Jamie Lewis
William O’Connor 6-0 Ryan Hogarth
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Darren Webster
Boris Krcmar 6-1 Geert Nentjes
James Wade 6-5 Scott Taylor
Adrian Gray 6-3 Robert Collins
Mervyn King 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Ryan Murray 6-3 Harald Leitinger
Glen Durrant 6-1 Aaron Beeney
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-0 Gary Blades
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-4 Vincent Van der Meer
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Conan Whitehead
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 John Henderson
Derk Telnekes 6-2 James Wilson
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Chris Dobey
Martijn Kleermaker 6-3 Daniel Larsson
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Damon Heta
Reece Robinson 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Jitse Van der Wal 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Jan Dekker 6-2 Adam Hunt
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Krzysztof Kciuk
Luke Humphries 6-1 Ricky Evans
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Jeff Smith
Ted Evetts 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Lisa Ashton 6-4 Michael Smith
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 John Michael
Ryan Searle 6-2 Arjan Konterman
William Borland 1-6 Matt Clark