Rampant Adrian Lewis beats Raymond van Barneveld to Players Championship 8 title

Adrian Lewis is back to winning ways in the PDC (Picture: PA)

Adrian Lewis won his first PDC title for nearly two years on Sunday evening as he triumphed at Players Championship 8 in Wigan.

The two-time world champion was in superb form over the day and comfortably won the final, beating Raymond van Barneveld 8-3 to win the £10,000 top prize.

‘Jackpot’ averaged 101.3 in the final, but he peaked in the semi, hammering Jonny Clayton 7-1 with an enormous average of 110.2.

Lewis also knocked off the likes of Glen Durrant, Mark Webster and Vincent van der Voort in a great day for the Stoke man.

Raymond van Barneveld is finding some form on the oche (Picture: Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was also a return to form for Van Barneveld, who had not been past the last 64 of a Players Championship event yet this season.

The last time ‘Barney’ reached the final of a ProTour competition was way back in September 2015.

The Dutch legend averaged over a 101 in his last 16 victory over Martin Schindler and a quarter-final win over Jan Dekker.

But Lewis remains the story of the day, winning his first title since a Players Championship in Milton Keynes in April 2017.

Gary Anderson endured another tough day on his return to the ProTour after a back injury.

The Scot lost in first round to Conan Whitehead having been eliminated in the second round on Saturday.

Michael van Gerwen was not involved in Wigan, while there were second round exits for Premier League stars Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith.

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