Jonny Clayton won his first PDC ranking title since May 2023 at Players Championship 14 in Milton Keynes.

Welshman Clayton defeated Wesley Plaisier 8-5 to become the 14th different winner in as many Players Championship events in 2024.

“Confidence is low when you’re not getting results but I’ve got my mojo back,” said Clayton, who beat Darren Beveridge, Andy Baetens, James Hurrell, Dom Taylor, Martin Schindler and Cameron Menzies en route to the final.

“I have a smile on my face and winning always helps. I was way off at the beginning of the year, but something happened.

“It’s a great time to get back into form with the World Matchplay coming up and hopefully I can take it one step further this year.”

Wednesday’s match was the final event before the World Matchplay qualification deadline, with 2007 champion James Wade finishing last in a field of 32 players.

Premier League champion Luke Littler suffered his second surprise defeat in two days, losing to world number 92 Hurrell.

Littler was knocked out in the first round of Players Championship 13 on Tuesday, when he was defeated by world number 116 Robert Grundy.