WES Newton had a cracking weekend in Crawley, winning the Professional Darts Corporation Players’ Championship.
The Fleetwood star hit back from 3-0 down to win the final 6-4 against Paul Nicholson, who had won the previous’s day’s event at the same K2 arena.
Newton’s first PDC Tour victory of 2011 came on the back of outstanding wins over Andy Smith, Vincent van der Voort and World Championship runner-up Gary Anderson – a missed double 12 denying him a nine-darter against the Scot in the semi-finals.
Nicholson punished his slow start in the final before Newton took four successive legs for a 4-3 lead.
Nicholson levelled with a 13-darter, only for Newton to close the match out by winning the next two legs.
“I’m delighted,” said Newton.
“Paul started the final brilliantly but I hung in there and clawed my way back into the game.
“It’s fantastic to win and now that I’m in the top 10, I want to keep pushing up the Order of Merit.”
Newton started with a 6-2 success against Andy Brown before beating Mark Hylton (6-4), Smith (6-1), Van der Voort (6-2) and Anderson (6-3).
Newton had reached the quarter-finals in Saturday’s first Players’ Championship, with Blackpool-born Ronnie Baxter making the semis.
World champion Adrian Lewis defeated both Newton (6-3) and Baxter (6-5) en route to the final, in which Nicholson celebrated his first Tour win for 14 months 6-4.
Newton had victories over Dave Chisnall (6-4), Mark Dudbridge (6-5) and John Henderson (6-3), while Baxter beat William O’Connor (6-3), Paul Rowley (6-3), John Part (6-4) and Steve Farmer (6-3).