William O’Connor Denies Dobey with Double Delight

William O’Connor advanced to the second round of the Players Championship Finals, following a dramatic 6-5 victory over Chris Dobey on Friday evening.

The Cappamore Arrowsmith had to break the Englishman’s throw and duly obliged, landing a 64 checkout to set up a tie with Polish number one, Krzysztof Ratajski on Saturday afternoon.

Dobey hit 10 180’s compared to just two from the Limerick man. The Northumberland native averaged over 103 but O’Connor was much sharper on his checkouts. The Magpie landed six from just eight efforts at the outer ring and was able to convert the 64 checkout, after Dobey had missed the same number.

He is now guarenteed £5,000 in prizemoney as he looks to climb back up the rankings.

Elsewhere, O’Connor’s Ireland pairs partner, Steve Lennon fell 6-2 to Australian Damon Heta, averaging just 87.

Meath’s Keane Barry faced 2020 PDC World Champion Peter Wright. Despite breaking the world number two to level the contest at 4-4, Barry missed doubles in the last two legs and was beaten 6-4.

2020 runner-up Mervyn King exited at the first hurdle, while there were victories for Raymond Van Barneveld, Gerywn Price and Michael Van Gerwen. Dave Chisnall, Mensur Suljovic and Dirk Van Dujivenbode were three of the surprise casualties on the opening day.

The round of 32 commences on Saturday afternoon and is live on ITV 4, with O’Connor set for his clash around 3.45pm.

Last 64 – Round One Results:
Friday 26th November

Jose de Sousa 6-4 Devon Petersen

Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Mervyn King

Chris Dobey 5-6 William O’Connor

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp

Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jason Lowe

Martin Schindler 6-3 Ian White

Brendan Dolan 6-2 Chas Barstow

Dave Chisnall 4-6 Ritchie Edhouse

Michael Smith 6-3 William Borland

Daryl Gurney 6-3 Alan Soutar

Callan Rydz 6-1 Mensur Suljovic

James Wade 6-1 Ricky Evans

Ryan Searle 6-5 Simon Whitlock

Ryan Joyce 6-4 Luke Woodhouse

Rob Cross 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena

Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Jeff Smith

Peter Wright 6-4 Keane Barry

Adrian Lewis 6-3 Kim Huybrechts

Damon Heta 6-2 Steve Lennon

Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Steve Beaton

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Kevin Doets

Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven

Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-6 Ryan Meikle

Stephen Bunting 5-6 Gary Anderson

Jonny Clayton 6-4 Alan Tabern

Scott Mitchell 6-5 Martijn Kleermaker

Ross Smith 6-2 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez

Luke Humphries 6-4 Jason Heaver

Andy Boulton 6-5 Joe Cullen

Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Jelle Klaasen

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Madars Razma

Danny Noppert 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez

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Tom Clancy