Yorkshireman, James Wilson rolled back the years in Wigan and reminded everyone just exactly what he can do. And we aren’t talking about making a brew.

It’s been difficult of late for the Huddersfield ace with injury hampering any consistency on the oche. But on Tuesday afternoon, it all clicked into place as he came within a whisker of the semi-finals.

On his day, Wilson is a match for anyone and this was proof. First up was a magnificent whitewash of talented young Dutchman, Niels Zonnerveld.

James then pinched a dramatic last leg decider to edge out Chris Dobey in an exciting contest. Onto the board final and the 50-year old really turned up the heat on fellow MDA player, Daryl Gurney. With a colossal 101.74 average, Wilson overcame Superchin 6-2.

Awaiting him in the last 16 was Max Hopp. The German is a dangerous opponent on his day – but this wasn’t it. Without either player getting close to top gear, James progressed with a 6-4 win.

And but for an excellent display from the bloke who won both Players Championships this week, Michael Smith, Jammy Dodger would have found himself in the final four.

Despite pushing Bullyboy close and putting in a highly respectable 95.59 average, it was the St Helens man who prevailed 6-4 before going on to claim the title.

“Yozza” Hughes was imperious in Euro qualification on the Monday, reeling in some hefty averages and booking his place for the Dutch Darts Championship at the end of the month and also the European Matchplay in July.

However, he can consider himself very unfortunate in his opening Players Championship match against Krzysztof Ratajski. Not even an average just shy of a ton was enough as the Polish Eagle swooped to grab the thrilling last leg decider of a high quality game.

Once again, on Wednesday, Hughes put in some tremendous displays and was rewarded. After overcoming Jason Lowe in game one, himself and Andrew Gilding were embroiled in one of the matches of the week. Goldfinger registered a mighty 102.55 average but that wasn’t enough to get the job done against the Tipton ace who stuck in a 101.57 in an absorbing 6-5 thriller.

Bizarrely, Hughes then went on to post an almost identical average in comfortably defeating the Scot, Jamie Clark 6-1.

But after those mammoth performances, the wheels slightly fell and Yozza couldn’t find his feet against Florian Hempel with the German ending his run in the last 16.

Fresh off the back of a fifth Development Tour title, Nathan Rafferty continues to impress. The youngster enjoyed last leg victories over Jeff Smith and Nathan Aspinall to add to his catalogue of fine displays on the senior trail.

Ricky Evans is certainly on the rise – much to the delight of his army of fans. Rapid reached the finals of both his boards and in all but one of his six matches, only dropped below the 90 average mark – and to be fair, that was 89.95!

There was a late call up for Nathan Girvan on Wednesday who proceeded to jump on the very next train to Wigan and put in a 9-darter against former double World Champ, Adrian Lewis. Tidy.

The Scot eventually lost the contest 6-3 but averaged over a ton. A very bright future lies ahead for that one but could do with a haircut.

Speaking of hair, Evil Charlie was one of a few call ups from the Challenge Tour and bagged himself a win over Daryl Gurney.

In fact, Superchin saw his hopes ended by fellow MDA players on both days despite playing extremely well in all of his four matches. His brace of wins came on Tuesday, over Raff and Jason Heaver.

Pete Burgoyne and Stephen Burton were also in action with the Feast claiming the scalp of Bradley Brooks. Bertie did ok too – wins over Berry van Peer and Jose De Sousa on Tuesday afternoon ensured he didn’t go away empty handed.

Sadly, the misery continues for Willie Borland who was unfortunate to lose his first match of PC14 in a last leg shoot-out against Shaun Wilkinson. But this is a kid with bags of talent and lots of bottle – he will fire back soon.