Fine weekend for Marko Kantele and Madars Razma

Photo: Mads Magnussen/PDC Nordic & Baltic

Another two Players Championship & ET Qualifying events were played this weekend in Wigan.

On Saturday the Players Championship 17 was held. For Marko Kantele it was quite a good day at the office. He started the day by beating Andrew Gilding 6-4 in the first round.
He then won by the same score against Shaun Carroll in the second round, before winning with the exact same score once again in the third round against Kyle Anderson.

In the last 16 he was up against Krzysztof Ratajski. After a really close match, and a 94.6 average for the Finn, Marko Kantele unfortunately lost by 6-5. Krzystof Ratajski then went on and won the entire tournament, beating Nathan Aspinall by 8-3 in the final.

Darius Labanauskas managed to reach the round of the last 64 before losing 6-1 to William O’Connor. Madars Razma lost in the first round, he was up against the World Youth Champion, Dimitri van den Bergh who played exceptionally well . He lost that game by 6-3.

Today things were a lot better for Madars Razma as he reached the last 16. The Latvian started by beating Carl Wilkinson by 6-2 in the first round, followed up by beating Mickey Mansell by 6-1 in the second.
In the third round he won by 6-3 against Joe Cullen, before William O’Connor became too much in the fourth round. The Irishman won by 6-0.
Madars Razma averaged impressive 93,52 throughout the four matches.

Just as yesterday, Darius Labanauskas reached the last 64, in which he lost 6-4 against James Richardson. In the first round he had won by 6-5 against Christan Bunse.

Marko Kantele lost in the first round by 6-3 to Luke Woodhouse.

The tournament was won by James Wade. He won 8-5 against Jose De Sousa in the final. James Wade has now won four Players Champioonships this year.

To add, the European qualifications for the Czech Darts Open (ET9) and the Austrian Darts Championship (ET10), were held on Friday. Madars Razma managed to qualify for the Czech Darts Open and will be joining Daniel Larsson in Prague. The Latvian impressed with his first ever 9-darter in the PDC, he hit the perfect leg against Cristo Reyes.

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