Ovens rocks in Gibraltar

Denis Ovens from Stevenage was the beaten finalist at the StanJames.com Players Championship in Gibraltar on Sunday. Ovens went down 3-1 to world number three James Wade who was the PDC Player of the Year and won three non-televised tournaments in 2007. W

Denis Ovens from Stevenage was the beaten finalist at the StanJames.com Players Championship in Gibraltar on Sunday.

Ovens went down 3-1 to world number three James Wade who was the PDC Player of the Year and won three non-televised tournaments in 2007.

Wade bounced back in style from a first-game loss in Saturday's Players Championship to take the £5,000 winner's cheque 24 hours later. Ovens won £2,500.

He never looked in trouble after taking a 2-0 lead against Ovens in the final, and although he lost the third set without reply, he won the fourth 2-1, thanks in part to two maximums and a 177 score which left his opponent trailing.

Ovens, runner-up in the previous weekend's Blue Square UK Open North East regional final, continued his good start to the year by seeing off Kevin McDine in a close semi-final.

McDine led the deciding set of their game before Ovens took out 121 on the bullseye to level and then 105 on double 16 for the win.

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Ovens had also been pushed all the way by John Ferrell in the last eight, and also overcame Steve Cusick, Dennis Smith, Andy Smith and Terry Jenkins.

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