Ledbury darts star Terry Jenkins wins first PDC ranking title for two years

Hereford Times: Ledbury's Terry Jenkins celebrates his triumph in Crawley. Photograph: PDC. Ledbury's Terry Jenkins celebrates his triumph in Crawley. Photograph: PDC.

LEDBURY darts star Terry Jenkins has won his first ranking title for two years.

The 50-year-old scooped £10,000 after sealing a 6-3 success over Stephen Bunting in the final of the PDC Players Championship Ten at the K2 Centre in Crawley.

Jenkins ended the final in superb fashion, hitting the first 180 of the match before wrapping up the title with a double top for a 13-dart finish.

Jenkins had started a run to his third final of the year with wins over Joe Murnan and Jamie Robinson before averaging over 107 in his 6-2 last 32 win over three-time World Champion John Part - who averaged 102 in defeat.

Jenkins fought hard in his last 16 game as he came from 5-3 down to defeat Andrew Gilding 6-5 before producing a fabulous last-eight performance with a 6-1 victory over Dean Winstanley, recording a 107 average for the second time in the day.

The Ledbury ace's fine day looked to be over after he fell 5-1 down to Andy Hamilton in their last four clash.

However, Jenkins produced a brilliant comeback and win the last five legs to secure a place in the final in dramatic fashion.

Jenkins, who reached his eighth major final at the Coral UK Open in March, led the final on three occasions in the early stages against Stephen Bunting, only for the 2014 Lakeside Champion to reply each time.

With matters finely balanced at three apiece, Bunting looked on course to win the seventh leg against the throw after leaving 64 after 12-darts, only for Jenkins to hit a 148 checkout to edge ahead for the fourth time.

Jenkins carried that form into the eighth leg as he broke his opponent's throw by hitting double four, before romping to victory in the next with a 13-dart finish to claim the £10,000 first prize.

The next PDC ProTour weekend is from June 13 to 15 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, with the UK Qualifier for July's European Darts Open followed by Players Championships 11 and 12.

Players Championship Ten, First round: Terry Jenkins 6 Joe Murnan 1; Second round: Jenkins 6 Jamie Robinson 2; Third round: Jenkins 6 John Part 2; Fourth round: Jenkins 6 Andrew Gilding 5; Quarter-finals: Jenkins 6 Dean Winstanley 1; Semi-finals: Jenkins 6 Andy Hamilton 5; Final: Jenkins 6 Stephen Bunting 3.

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