Steve Beaton rolled back the years this afternoon in Wigan as he claimed Players Championship 13 over in Wigan which was his first PDC title win for four years and his third in his illustrious career. The Bronzed Adonis stated his intent from the get-go as he kicked things off with a 6-0 whitewash win over Matthew Dennant who defeated Beaton in last night’s Euro Tour qualifier 6-2 and Beaton got his revenge in the end to kick off the days play perfectly. In round two, Beaton came up against a talented youngster in Keegan Brown. It was a closely contested battle but in the end it was Beaton who came out on top taking it 6-4 to move into the last 32. The former World champion breezed past Robert Owen 6-2 as he confirmed his place in the last 16 with his confidence growing more and more as each round progressed. It wasn’t getting any easier for Beaton as he came up against Dave Chisnall in the last 16, but Beaton managed to edge out the St Helens ace taking the tie 6-4 to move into the Quarter-Finals.
In the last eight he produced a flawless display to whitewash Kirk Shepherd 6-0 as he heat inside the venue clearly wasn’t getting to Beaton as he breezed into the Semi-Finals. In the Semi-Finals he faced a very tough opponent in Rob Cross who himself continued his marvellous run of form as he took out the favourite Peter Wright in the last 16. It was a nip n’ tuck affair but Beaton raced into a 2-leg lead early on as he took out finishes of 124 and 120 and Cross couldn’t get back into the contest as Beaton remained in firm control of the contest and seen the match out with a 6-3 victory and booked his place in the final.
Beaton faced a final with Gary Anderson who himself was in superb form all day as he dropped just 3 legs from the last 16 onwards which included a 6-0 demolition job over Kim Huybrechts. Beaton kicked off the final in perfect fashion as he fired in a terrific 125 finish to take the opening leg. The pair exchanged 180’s in the second leg and the Bronzed Adonis doubled his lead to 2-0 with a 12-dart leg as he picked out D20. Beaton missed a dart at D16 for a 3-0 lead but it wasn’t punished by the Scot as he missed a dart at the bull, Beaton returned to take out D16 for a 3-0 lead. Anderson replied with a 12-darter as he picked out D20 to reduce the deficit to two legs. Beaton regained a three-leg lead as he fired in D20 for a 13-darter, Anderson fired in a maximum to apply the pressure but Beaton was composed as you like as he moved within two legs of the title. The two-time back-to-back World Championship reduced the deficit as he picked out D10 for a 12-darter as he looked to make a comeback, but Beaton wasn’t lying down as he moved 5-3 ahead courtesy of a 15-darter as he found D8 with his last dart in hand with Anderson waiting to pounce on 72. Anderson held throw firmly to stay alive in the contest to make it 3-5 as he took out 68 on D20. Beaton completed the victory with a terrific 12-dart leg as he picked out D20 capping off a delightful display from the Bronzed Adonis, Anderson played his part but with Beaton playing so well on his own throw that two-leg lead early on was just too much for Anderson to live with and he thoroughly deserved to win Players Championship 13. The statistics from the Final were very impressive with Beaton averaging 107.09 and a spellbinding first nine average of 121.04. It just shows how high the standard was when Gary Anderson averaged 108.53 and hit four maximums and he won just three legs.