Dirk van Duijvenbode clinches Players Championship 12 after narrow victory over Ryan Searle

World No.16 Van Duijvenbode left it late to win the Players Championship 12 in Barnsley on Saturday afternoon, beating England's Ryan Searle in the final.

Van Duijvenbode capped off an impressive Saturday showing with a dramatic 8-7 win over Ryan Searle in the finals.

The Dutchman stormed past Michael Smith with a 7-2 scoreline in the semi-finals, nailing a 97 average in the process.

However, the 29-year-old found it a lot harder against Ryan Searle in the finals, with the Englishman also entering the showpiece full of confidence after a 7-2 win of his own in the semis against Damon Heta.

Van Duijvenbode's £12,000 win didn't come without a slice of luck however, as Searle missed a match dart in the deciding leg.

Searle was given a fantastic opportunity to seal the match in style, but crucially missed the bull, allowing his opponent to step up and land a double 16 to claim the win.

The Englishman started well, and raced into a 4-2 lead early on, but the Dutchman was able to regain his composure, winning five consecutive legs to take a 7-4 lead.

One away from victory, the nerves were starting to show in Van Duijvenbode's game, as he struggled to hit his doubles.

That allowed Searle back into contention, and after levelling the game back up at 7-7, momentum seemed to be in the favour of the Englishman.

However, when given the chance to seal the match, Searle slipped up and Van Duijvenbode finally claimed the victory ot earn his second ranking PDC title of his career.

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