Watch: Dimitri Van den Bergh hits nine-darter but crashes out of Players Championship event

Dimitri Van den Bergh lit up the latest Players Championship event with a stunning nine-dart effort. However, that wasn’t enough to seal victory over Ryan Meikle.

Belgium's Van den Bergh has been on of the most in-form players on the PDC circuit over the last few weeks.

The DreamMaker won two World Series of Darts events in June, went unbeaten in his individual games during the World Cup of Darts and also moved up to eighth in the PDC's Order of Merit.

The 27-year-old was hoping to carry some of that form over into this week's Players Championship events, and he certainly made a good start.

Wins over Jose Justicia and Florian Hempel set up an intriguing third round clash against Ryan Meikle during Friday's Players Championship tournament in Barnsley.

With Van den Bergh 4-2 down in the race to six, he quickly needed a momentum-shifting moment in order to get himself back into contention.

Belgium's darting superstar did just that as he completed a nine-dart finish to close the gap to just one leg.

However, that was as good as things got for Van den Bergh who ultimately went down to a 6-3 defeat against England's Meikle.

The 2020 World Matchplay winner will now focus his attention on the two remaining Players Championship events, which take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Despite his defeat, the nine-darter will certainly leave Van den Bergh feeling confident ahead of the weekend.

The Belgium star has one televised nine-darter to his name, which came against Stephen Bunting during the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts. On that occasion, the world number eight took home £25,000 in prize money.

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