Players Championship Ten: Terry Jenkins wins in Crawley
Last Updated: 25/05/14 9:35pm
Terry Jenkins: Welcome win in Crawley
Terry Jenkins won his first ranking title for two years with a 6-3 win over Stephen Bunting in Players Championship Ten at the K2 Centre in Crawley.
The 50-year-old 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 went 5-1 down to Andy Hamilton in their semi-final clash, only for him to produce 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 Bunting, only for the 2014 Lakeside champion to reply each time.
Bunting looked on course to win the seventh leg against the throw after leaving 64 after 12 darts, only for Jenkins to hit a fabulous 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.
Bunting, who has enjoyed some excellent performances since switching to the PDC at the start of the year, continued his rise up the PDC Order of Merit with a second appearance in a PDC ProTour final.
He claimed the major scalp of world No 1 Michael van Gerwen in the last 32 following a deciding-leg win, before advancing to the last eight with a 6-4 win over Wales' Gerwyn Price.
Bunting then edged out Darren Webster in a deciding leg, recovering from a 4-2 deficit, before coming through another tight contest in the semi-finals against Justin Pipe.
Swindon's Johnny Haines hit a brilliant nine-dart finish in the third leg of his 6-2 third round victory over Jelle Klaasen as he won through to the last 16, where his memorable day was ended by a 6-4 loss to Winstanley.
Saturday's winner, Peter Wright, suffered a first-round exit and was one of a number of big names to crash out early, as major champions Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock and James Wade also experienced the same fate.