19/10/2019

Jose De Sousa makes history at Players Championship 23 in Barnsley


Jose De Sousa Created history by Being the first Portuguese winner of a PDC Occasion in Players Championship 23 in Barnsley.

De Sousa, that obtained a PDC Tour Card in January for the very first time, produced a string of impressive displays to reach his ProTour final in just three months.
There, the Darts Open quarter-finalist outplayed world number seven Gerwyn Price to maintain a gorgeous hit that was 8-1 .
“This is a fantasy for meI am so, so very happy,” said an emotional De Sousa. “I have fought for 25 years to come here and in the beginning I can achieve this. It is amazing for me to play against the best players in the world and prove I can play like them.
“This is an incentive for me to keep my work and I think I could beat everyone if I still continue to play this way.”
De Sousa’s day started with a 102.5 average at a 6-4 triumph over Nathan Rafferty, before victories over Steve Beaton, Ryan Meikle and John Henderson followed.
The 45-year-old then claimed a leg triumph over Jermaine Wattimena, which he followed up with a convincing 7-3 victory over Peter Wright from the semi-finals.
A one-sided final saw De Sousa average 95.7 into Price’s 84.8, since the Welshman struggled to get the form he saw him beat Rob Cross, Adrian Lewis and Glen Durrant earlier in the afternoon.
The 10,000 top prize enhances De Sousa’s hopes of a World Grand Prix debut in October, since the German attained his ProTour, while it was also a significant day for Martin Schindler.
It is not long to wait until darts goes back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12, and seven days of coverage continues until the final on Saturday.

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