JAMIE CAVEN won his second tournament of 2009 with a 6-2 victory over Steve Beaton in the final of Sunday’s Austrian Open Players Championship.
Caven, the Blue Square UK Open Welsh Regional Final winner in May, added a further £6,000 to his ever-improving position in the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit with a resilient display in Salzburg.
The Derby-based player whitewashed Christoph Stehmann and Felix Losan his first two games, before going all the way to a deciding 11th leg against Andy Smith in the last 32.
Caven’s top form continued with a 6-0 win over Tony Eccles before a fine 6-1 quarter-final defeat of Kevin Painter.
The semi-finals saw him avenge a defeat to Brendan Dolan in Saturday’s Players Championship with a 6-2 victory, before he overhauled Beaton in the decider.
Two early breaks of throw and a 103 checkout helped Caven establish a 4-0 advantage, before Beaton broke throw in the fifth leg and then took out 117 to begin a fightback.
However, missed doubles cost the former World Champion in the next leg, as Caven moved 5-2 up before sealing the win on double top.
Beaton’s display saw him reach the final of a PDC Pro Tour event for the first time, and was his best performance since reaching a Players Championship semi-final in January.
He knocked out Saturday’s Players Championship winner Adrian Lewis 6-1, and also overcame Austrian favourite Mensur Suljovic and Hungary’s Nandor Bezzeg.
A 6-3 win over Holland’s Vincent van der Voort earned him a spot in the final, pulling clear from three-all to take the spoils.
A run to the semi-finals from Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan ensured his qualification for next month’s Skybet World Grand Prix in Dublin.
He will be joined as one of the four qualifiers from Ireland and Northern Ireland by John MaGowan, Mick McGowan and Jacko Barry – whose displays over the weekend see him edge out Ray Farrell for the final spot.
Former World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd mounted a late bid for one of the 12 Players Championship qualifying places, but missed out following a narrow quarter-final loss to Dolan.
Wes Newton’s run to the last eight, where he lost in a deciding leg to van der Voort, wrapped up his place in the World Grand Prix.
Austrian Open Players Championship
Adrian Gray 6-3 Michael Barnard
Bernd Roith 6-3 Arron Monk
Mark Frost 6-5 Robert Manijamovic
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Bryan de Hoog 6-1 Kevin Hill
Dietmar Burger 6-3 Matt Clark
Kirk Shepherd 6-0 Mario Hermann
Braulio Roncero 6-4 Keith Rooney
James Barton 6-2 Wayne Atwood
Michael Rosenauer 6-0 Simon Craven
Mark Walsh (1) 6-1 John Quantock
Steve Brown 6-4 Gary Mawson
Steve Maish (32) 6-3 Mario Masurka
Adrian Gray 6-1 Maik Langendorf
Andy Hamilton (16) 6-2 Roland Scholten
Dave Ladley 6-2 Erwin Renkema
Vincent van der Voort (17) 6-0 Dyson Parody
Gary Welding 6-1 Dave Ansell
Terry Jenkins (8) 6-0 Christian Pankl
Peter Wright 6-0 Peter van der Broek
Alex Roy (25) 6-5 Ken Dobson
Bernd Roith 6-5 Christian Kallinger
Alan Tabern (9) 6-3 Steve Grubb
Colin Monk 6-3 Chris Thompson
Wes Newton (24) 6-2 Markus Katt
Mark Frost Bye (Aaron Hardy timed out)
Mark Webster 6-4 Ronnie Baxter (5)
Wayne Mardle 6-1 Gary Blades
Peter Manley (28) 6-1 Marko Puls
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Johnny Okken
Adrian Lewis (12) 6-3 Marko Kantele
Joe Cullen 6-0 Sander Sonneveld
Steve Beaton (21) 6-3 Nandor Bezzeg
Tony Ayres 6-0 Reinhard Holzer
James Wade (4) 6-0 Hannes Schnier
Par Riihonen 6-0 Pero Ljubic
Co Stompe (29) 6-1 Tomas Seyler
Bryan de Hoog 6-0 Dave Ahmet
Denis Ovens (13) 6-0 Michael de Cuijper
Steve Hine 6-0 Frank Grauel
Wayne Jones (20) 6-1 Andy Fordham
Jacko Barry 6-1 Michael Fuxreiter
Colin Osborne (2) 6-1 Alexander Kohler
Ray Farrell 6-5 Josef Reiter
Carlos Rodriguez (31) 6-0 Jon Archer
Dietmar Burger 6-2 Matthias Limdinger
Mark Dudbridge (15) 6-1 Kevin McDine
Remco van Eijden 6-5 Andy Heller
Toon Greebe 6-2 Michael van Gerwen (18)
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Andy Relf
Robert Thornton (7) 6-1 Justin Pipe
Jan van der Rassel 6-2 Sebastijan Pecjak
Jelle Klaasen (26) 6-2 Pierre Finck
Kirk Shepherd 6-1 Martyn Turner
Gary Anderson (10) 6-1 Patrick Bulen
Chris Loudon 6-5 Roland Freistatter
Louis Blundell 6-2 Andy Jenkins (23)
Braulio Roncero 6-0 Ruth Haas
Dennis Priestley (6) 6-3 Josef Kraus
Andree Welge 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Paul Nicholson (27) 6-0 Peter Seidl
James Barton 6-0 Rudiger Lohse
John Part 6-4 Mervyn King (11)
Jacques Nieuwlaat 6-0 Manfred Haussler
Kevin Painter (22) 6-0 Mick McGowan
Nick Fullwell 6-4 Darren Johnson
Colin Lloyd (3) 6-1 Steve Perkins
Barrie Bates 6-1 Romano Ruggeri
Tony Eccles (30) 6-0 Waleri Iliev
Michael Rosenauer 6-2 Tony Blundell
Andy Smith (14) 6-5 Jarkko Komula
Dylan Duo 6-0 Davor Bradara
Jamie Caven (19) 6-0 Christoph Stehmann
Felix Losan 6-1 Steve Randall
Steve Brown 6-5 Mark Walsh
Adrian Gray 6-3 Steve Maish
Andy Hamilton 6-2 Dave Ladley
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Gary Welding
Terry Jenkins 6-4 Peter Wright
Alex Roy 6-3 Bernd Roith
Alan Tabern 6-1 Colin Monk
Wes Newton 6-3 Mark Frost
Mark Webster 6-4 Wayne Mardle
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Peter Manley
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Joe Cullen
Steve Beaton 6-3 Tony Ayres
James Wade 6-5 Par Riihonen
Co Stompe 6-2 Bryan de Hoog
Denis Ovens 6-5 Steve Hine
Wayne Jones 6-5 Jacko Barry
Colin Osborne 6-2 Ray Farrell
Carlos Rodriguez 6-5 Dietmar Burger
Mark Dudbridge 6-3 Remco van Eijden
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Toon Greebe
Robert Thornton 6-5 Jan van der Rassel
Kirk Shepherd 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Chris Loudon 6-4 Gary Anderson
Louis Blundell 6-2 Braulio Roncero
Dennis Priestley 6-4 Andree Welge
Paul Nicholson 6-2 James Barton
John Part 6-2 Jacques Nieuwlaat
Kevin Painter 6-4 Nick Fullwell
Barrie Bates 6-3 Colin Lloyd
Tony Eccles 6-2 Michael Rosenauer
Andy Smith 6-1 Dylan Duo
Jamie Caven 6-0 Felix Losan
Adrian Gray 6-5 Steve Brown
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Terry Jenkins 6-4 Alex Roy
Wes Newton 6-4 Alan Tabern
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Mark Webster
Steve Beaton 6-1 Adrian Lewis
James Wade 6-5 Co Stompe
Wayne Jones 6-5 Denis Ovens
Colin Osborne 6-5 Carlos Rodriguez
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Mark Dudbridge
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Robert Thornton
Louis Blundell 6-4 Chris Loudon
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Dennis Priestley
Kevin Painter 6-1 John Part
Tony Eccles 6-5 Barrie Bates
Jamie Caven 6-5 Andy Smith
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Adrian Gray
Wes Newton 6-3 Terry Jenkins
Steve Beaton 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Wayne Jones 6-0 James Wade
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Colin Osborne
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Louis Blundell
Kevin Painter 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Jamie Caven 6-0 Tony Eccles
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Wes Newton
Steve Beaton 6-3 Wayne Jones
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Kirk Shepherd
Jamie Caven 6-1 Kevin Painter
Steve Beaton 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Jamie Caven 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Jamie Caven 6-2 Steve Beaton
Steve Beaton reached his first PDC Pro Tour final with a 6-3 win over Vincent van der Voort.
The former World Champion’s impressive day continued with a gritty win, holding off the Dutchman’s challenge.
Beaton took the opening leg against the darts, after van der Voort missed two darts to lead, and then moved 2-0 up on double top.
An 81 finish saw van der Voort get off the mark and he levelled on tops, only for Beaton to hit a fine 171 to set up 62 as he broke back to lead 3-2.
Van der Voort punished a rare missed double top to square the game once move, but a missed double 16 for a 116 checkout allowed Beaton in once more against the throw.
A 180 from van der Voort left him 38 in the next, only for Beaton to finish 81 on the bull for a 5-3 cushion, and an 87 checkout sealed his place in the final.
Jamie Caven remains on course for a second PDC Pro Tour win of 2009 following a 6-2 defeat of Brendan Dolan.
The opening four legs all went with the throw, but Dolan paid for missed doubles in the fifth as Caven took the first break.
Double four put him 4-2 up, and he landed a 180 in taking the seventh leg, before taking out double six following further misses from Dolan to book his place in the final.