Wade sees off Suljovic as Anderson, Cross and Wright also bow out of the World Series Finals

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 4 Nov 2018
In-form Wade celebrates (credit:Michael Braunschadel/PDC)

James Wade silenced a partisan crowd at the 2018 World Series Finals in Vienna with a 6-3 win over home hero Mensur Suljovic, as three of the top four seeds crashed out at the Second Round stage.

Wade, who ended a four-year wait for a televised title at the European Championship last weekend, continued his magnificent winning streak by spoiling the party at the Multiversum Schwechat to book his place in Sunday's Quarter-Finals.

The world number six averaged 97.8 and landed three 180s on his way to another impressive win which included crucial checkouts of 100 and 81.

"Tonight was another step in the right direction," said Wade. "I think I deserved to win that game with a few thousand people against me but I'm also very aware that Mensur didn't play his best game tonight and missed a few doubles.

"Last weekend I proved that I can still do it and once you get on the right path everything becomes a bit easier both in darts and in life in general, hopefully I can continue on an upward curve now."

World number two and two-time World Series Finals runner-up Peter Wright endured a night to forget as he went down 6-1 to Gerwyn Price with an average of just 79.

Wright squandered ten darts at doubles in a below-par display as the Welshman took full advantage to set up a Quarter-Final clash with Simon Whitlock.

Gary Anderson was left to rue four missed match darts as Dave Chisnall snatched a deciding leg victory to book his place in the Last Eight.

Anderson, last year's beaten finalist in Glasgow, opened up a 5-3 lead with a sensational 170 checkout along the way, but three missed match darts allowed Chisnall to force a decider.

A further miss at the bullseye from Anderson in the final leg was punished by 'Chizzy' as he took out 64 to take the spoils.

It was also a night of frustration for World Champion Rob Cross as he was edged out in a deciding leg by a resurgent Jamie Lewis.

Cross struggled to find his range for much of the contest but produced a 13-darter to lead 5-4, but an 11-dart response from the Welshman forced a tense finish and he held his nerve with a 13-darter on tops to seal the win. 

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen extended his unbeaten run in the World Series Finals to 13 matches with a 6-0 whitewash of Australian qualifier Damon Heta.

The world number one produced checkouts of 127 and 128 and averaged 104.8 as he afforded his opponent zero darts at a double in a ruthless display.

"I was quite surprised that Gary missed four darts to win his game and Peter and Rob are out but you've got to make sure you win your own game," said Van Gerwen. 

"I was sharp, my finishing was good and I can't complain." 

Michael Smith produced one of the stand-out performances of the evening as he averaged 104 and hit four 180s in a 6-3 defeat of Kyle Anderson.

The Shanghai Masters champion also landed checkouts of 120, 127 and 112 in a high quality contest as he moved through to face St Helens rival Chisnall on Sunday afternoon.

Raymond van Barneveld survived a scare from Australia's Raymond Smith to close out a hard-fought 6-5 victory.

Van Barneveld looked in cruise control as he raced into a 3-0 lead, but only for Smith to reel off four consecutive legs and turn the match on its head.

Van Barneveld stopped the rot with double six, but Smith replied with double eight to move within a leg of victory at 5-4.

The five-time World Champion, however, held throw with double six to force a decider before landing a timely 180 and double ten in the decider to edge through.

European Championship finalist Simon Whitlock continued his fine run of form with a 6-5 victory over fellow Premier League star Daryl Gurney.

The Australian ace breathed a sigh of relief after watching Gurney squander a total of seven match darts before converting tops to snatch victory.

Gurney had earlier produced checkouts of 102 and 144 but faltered at the business end of the contest as Whitlock set up a meeting with Price.

"I'm so happy to finally beat Daryl on TV, I've waited a long time for this moment," admitted Whitlock.

"I was nervous in the last leg but I managed to hold it all together and take out the winning double, that was a really great feeling."


World Series Finals 2018 Results


Saturday November 3

Second Round

Michael Smith 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Raymond Smith
Gary Anderson 5-6 Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright 1-6 Gerwyn Price
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 5-6 Jamie Lewis
Mensur Suljovic 3-6 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Damon Heta


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Wade sees off Suljovic as Anderson, Cross and Wright also bow out of the World Series Finals

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