Williams the master as Prins is denied

Champion Paul Williams
Champion Paul Williams
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Sunderland’s number one Paul Williams was crowned the Knack Premier League Darts champion for the third time after beating top seed Dave Prins in the final.

Williams produced some superb darts to retain his title with a brilliant 10-8 victory on a great night of action.

Williams produced some superb darts to retain his title.

Williams was in top form as he beat former champion Kevin Guy 8-2 in his quarter-final clash – finishing with a 31-05 per dart average.

He won legs in 14, 16, 13, 15, 16, 16, 19 and 20 darts, with Guy replying in 15 and 17 darts.

Williams’ form continued as he brushed Neil Rose aside with an emphatic 8-1 win in the semi-final.

This time he had best legs in 13, 14 (x2) and 15 darts and also hit four 180s.

In the final, Williams triumphed with legs in 17, 16, 17, 21, 17, 16, 13, 12, 17 and 19 darts and threw another two 180s.

Prins had a superb 12-darter amongst his leg wins, but ultimately came up just short against Williams.

Prins had beaten Geordie Morton in his quarter-final but not without a major scare as Morton led 5-4.

Prins showed his class thought to win the last four legs. Prins three two maximums, with Morton going one better.

The semi-final saw Prins power past Lee Walton 8-1 with winning legs of 19, 21, 18, 19, 12, 15, 13 and 20 darts with three 180s and a 105 finish.

Walton had pulled of a stunning win in his first game as he beat Davey Thompson 8-5, hitting two maximums along the way.

Neil Rose produced his best darts for a while as he shocked the number three seed Kevin Elliott with an 8-4 win in the quarter-finals.

The first nine legs went with the throw before Rose reeled off the last three legs.

Rose hit two maximums and winning legs of 24, 18, 17, 14, 20, 21, 18 and 15 darts while Elliott won three legs in 17 darts each and one in 20 darts.

Organisers would like to thanks their sponsors for their support – The Knack Club, Red Dragon Darts, J.Dent Skip Hire, Oakleaf Kitchens and NE Sporting Events.

Knack Grand Final Results

Quarter-finals: (28-92) Dave Prins 8-5 Geordie Morton (28-41), (25-75) Davey Thompson 5-8 Lee Walton (25-80), (31-05) Paul Williams 8-2 Kevin Guy (26-60), (25-38) Kevin Elliott 4-8 Neil Rose (26-78)

Semi-finals: (28-54) Dave Prins 8-1 Lee Walton (26-25), (29-06) Paul Williams 8-1 Neil Rose (25-21)

Final: (27-84) Dave Prins 8-10 Paul Williams (28-96)

180s: Paul Williams x6, Dave Prins x6, Lee Walton x4, Geordie Morton x3, Neil Rose x3, Kevin Guy x1, Davey Thompson x1

100+ C/O: Dave Prins 120, Davey Thompson 114, Davey Thompon 111, Dave Prins 110, Geordie Morton 106, Dave Prins 105, Paul Williams 101

Fewest darts: Dave Prins 12 Darts x2, Paul Williams 12 Darts, Paul Williams 13 Darts x3, Dave Prins 13 Darts, Paul Williams 14 Darts x3, Geordie Morton 14 Darts, Neil Rose 14 Darts, Dave Prins 14 Darts

Total Prize Fund: £4,365