06 Oct 2022

James Wade edges Jonny Clayton in thrilling final to claim Premier League win in Dublin

James Wade edges Jonny Clayton in thrilling final to claim Premier League win in Dublin

James Wade edges Jonny Clayton in thrilling final to claim Premier League win in Dublin

James Wade won a thrilling final to take victory against Jonny Clayton in the Cazoo Premier League at Dublin’s 3Arena.

Wade had defeated Michael Van Gerwen in his quarter-final opener before going on to edge past Clayton 6-5 in the final for his second win of the competition.

Wade raced into a 2-0 lead as he broke in the second leg with a 118 finish, only for Clayton to break straight back and then take the next three legs to lead 4-2.

An 11-darter for Clayton took him within one leg of victory but Wade fought back from 5-3 behind to level the match before taking victory in the decider.

Wade was in sensational form in the first semi-final as he set a personal-highest average on TV of 114.73 with a 6-1 demolition of Gerwyn Price.

In the other semi-final, a 140 checkout by Clayton saw him draw level at 1-1 against Michael Smith but the latter hit back to lead the Premier League champion 4-1. Clayton’s response was to take the next five legs to seal a dramatic 6-4 win.

In a thrilling opening match, Wade survived two match darts to edge out Van Gerwen 6-5. The ‘Machine’ needed two darts at double six before taking the deciding leg.

In game two, Price gave his Premier League campaign a boost with a 6-3 defeat of Jue Cullen, with a 117 checkout from the world number two extending his early advantage to 4-1 from which Cullen could not recover.

Smith kept his play-off alive by taking four successive legs to defeat Gary Anderson 6-2 in game three and add some much-needed points to his total.

A 141 checkout helped Peter Wright level things at 2-2 against Clayton in the other quarter-final but the league leader responded by taking the next three legs before closing out a 6-3 victory against the world champion.

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