Chris Dobey secured his first PDC title on Tuesday evening as he came through a 128 player field to win Players Championship 18 in Coventry.

‘Hollywood’ had previously made finals on the Pro Tour but to no avail, this time going one step further and taking a huge leap towards the 2021 World Matchplay, picking up £10,000 in prize money.

It all started with a win over Canada’s Jeff Smith and a first ton plus average for the Bedlington thrower. He backed it up with a victory over former World Youth Champion, Luke Humphries, and then Scotland’s Willie Borland.

His first big test would come in the last 16 as he took on one of the sport’s form players, Jonny Clayton. ‘The Ferret’ has risen to the time of the game in recent months with wins at the World Cup of Darts and the Masters, but was no match for the rampant Dobey, who secured a 6-3 victory.

A quarter-final meeting with yesterday’s victor Stephen Bunting was to follow, another huge 105 plus average carrying him over the line in a last leg decider.

Although Dobey’s biggest average of the day would come in the defeat of Maik Kuivenhoven at the semi-finals stage, 107.33 was just enough to squeeze a third sudden death win of the day.

It would then be Jose de Sousa in the final, as Dobey once again had to come from behind. After steaming into an early 4-1 lead, the Portuguese star would peg him back to 5-5. With the title looking like it would go the way of the Premier League runner-up, Dobey found his feet. Back to back legs capturing a first title for ‘Hollywood’ and putting him back in contention for a place at the Winter Gardens.

Chris said: I’m absolutely thrilled, I’ve needed a bit of luck lately and today I got it. I’m buzzing.

I’m also delighted to win my first ranking tournament with my new Sponsors on my shirt. Tommy (Gilmour) knew I could do it and convinced MegaTech Projects and Rainton Construction (Scotland) Ltd that I was worth a punt. And of course Unicorn are there too. The support from Tommy & Stephanie, George (Rowe of MegaTech), Neil (McCallum of Rainton)and The Lowys (Unicorn) is great. But I need to come down from Cloud 9 now and have another couple of good days as Matchplay isn’t guaranteed yet.

I can’t wait to get home though and tell Cole that daddy is a Champion- the first of many to come”

BY JOSH GREEN