GLEN DURRANT claimed his second PDC title at the weekend as he triumphed at the Players Championship event in Barnsley.

The Teessider, who has enjoyed a successful start to his PDC career after switching from the rival BDO organisation in January, has moved to the top of the Players Championship rankings and secured a provisional place in July’s World Matchplay Championship thanks to his latest success.

The three-time Lakeside champion secured a remarkable result in the semi-finals, beating World champion Michael van Gerwen 7-2 in the pair’s first meeting, and followed up with an equally strong showing in the final, where he cruised to an 8-1 win over Lithuanian Darius Labanauskas.

He had earlier recorded victories over Kyle Anderson, Danny Noppert and Michael Smith to close in on the £10,000 top prize.

“It feels absolutely fantastic,” said Durrant. “I can’t put into words how happy I am right now. Last weekend on the Euro Tour was really difficult to me, but this weekend has been perfect. I had a fabulous week in practice, and knew I was playing well.

“I was determined to enjoy myself, but to win another title is pretty special. I joined the PDC for moments like this.”

Durrant’s maiden win over van Gerwen was especially enjoyable, with the reigning World champion unable to match his opponent’s scoring power.

“Before I played Michael, I asked if I could have his shirt, which I immediately regretted as it showed weakness,” said Durrant. “But he didn’t play his best game and I was able to capitalise.

“I’ve totally exceeded the initial targets I set myself at the start of the year, and soon my goals will be changing, but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself at the moment.”