JAMES WILSON produced a fantastic run to the semi-finals of Players Championship 17 to keep his World Matchplay hopes alive.

The Jammy Dodger has suffered with an eye injury for nine months which has seen his form naturally drop off dramatically.

But he’s finally on the comeback and delivered a great display to beat Conan Whitehead, Jonathan Worsley, Daryl Gurney, Jose de Sousa and Luke Humphries in Wigan on Saturday.

Wilson said: “It’s been a really difficult few months but at least now my confidence is returning. The frustrating thing is how long it took to find out what the eye injury was.

“Now it’s getting better I can feel my game improving as well. It was disappointing to go out early on Sunday having had a good run the day before.

“But I’ve given myself a chance to get in the Matchplay but it’s out of my hands now. However I’m glad I’ve given it my best shot.”

Wilson’s excellent run was stopped by Krzysztof Ratajski in the semis and The Polish Eagle went on to win the event.

Ratajski also stopped Jamie Hughes in the quarters after the Tipton ace had also delivered a day of quality performances.

Yozza beat Harry Ward, Max Hopp, Justin Pipe and Danny Noppert before finally going down to the flying Pole.

Gurney and Hughes went out in the second round on Sunday. Vincent van der Meer smashed Jamie Lewis 6-0 but also crashed out at the next hurdle to Ted Evetts.

By Phil Lanning