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Dimitri Van den Bergh back in winners circle at Players Championship 12

Dimitri Van den Bergh claimed his second title of 2024 after beating Matt Campbell 8-3 in the Players Championship 12 final.

Just over three months on from winning the UK Open, Van den Bergh clinched his third Players Championship title and a first since 2021.

The £15,000 top prize sees the Belgian rise three places to seventh on the PDC Order of Merit.

"I'm delighted to be standing here as the winner, but I don't know how I've done it," admitted Van den Bergh, the 12th different winner in as many 2024 Players Championship events.

"I've been hitting huge averages and losing, so to play nowhere near my best and win a title is something I just can't explain.

"The whole day I've been battling, I never give up.

"It's been a while since I won a Players Championship title so it's a nice feeling to get that off my back."

Van den Bergh began the day with wins over Martin Schindler and Maik Kuivenhoven, before averaging just shy of 100 in a 6-1 rout of fellow-Belgian Mike De Decker.

A 6-3 success over Dom Taylor saw him reach the quarter-finals, where he overcame Boris Krcmar by the same scoreline.

The former World Matchplay champion saw off Madars Razma 7-3 in the semi-finals, before battling back from 3-1 down to beat Campbell in a scrappy final.

Campbell, who won the North American Darts Championship at the start of June and will compete for Canada in the World Cup of Darts at the end of the month, took the scalps of Danny Noppert and Ross Smith on his way to a second ranking event final.

Elsewehere, Krcmar landed the third nine-dart leg across the two days of Players Championship action at Halle 39, hitting perfection in a 6-3 win over Robert Grundy in round three.

 

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