Jonny Clayton clinched his first World Series title in Australia at the New South Wales Darts Masters, thrashing James Wade…
Jonny Clayton clinched his first World Series title in Australia at the New South Wales Darts Masters, thrashing James Wade 8-1 in the final in Wollongong.
Clayton, the reigning World Series Finals champion, ended his wait for a first title of the year in front of a 4,000-strong crowd at the WIN Entertainment Centre.
The Welshman stole an early march in the final to establish a 3-0 advantage and did not look back.
Wade followed up his first maximum with a 104 checkout to get off the mark, but only for Clayton to restore his three-leg cushion with a 14-darter, which he followed with a 120 checkout to make it 5-1.
Clayton then stretched his lead to 7-1, before sealing the deal in spectacular style, taking out 160 to wrap up the £20,000 top prize.
“This means a lot to me,” said Clayton, who dropped only six legs on Finals Day to secure his second World Series crown.
“I knew I needed to keep James under pressure because we all know what James can do, and luckily for me I kept him under pressure.
“Hopefully this can kick-start the rest of my year. Last week I didn’t turn up, but I lost to a much better player, and now I’m looking forward to next week.”
Earlier in the day, Clayton secured a place in the Semi-Finals with a battling 6-4 victory over third seed Michael Smith, taking out a brilliant 136 finish to seal the deal.
He then stormed through to the final with a crushing 7-1 victory over Joe Cullen, avenging his defeat against the Yorkshireman in June’s Premier League Semi-Finals.
Wade was bidding to win his first PDC title since March 2021 and produced some impressive displays on Saturday, whitewashing top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Last Eight.
The ten-time televised title winner punished a profligate display from the Belgian, firing in four 180s and taking out 127 and 104 checkouts.
He then produced another ruthless display of combination finishing to dump out world number one Gerwyn Price 7-3 with a 140 checkout along the way.
“I just got smashed to pieces by Jonny,” admitted Wade. “I’m really disappointed with how I played in the final, but Jonny is one of the few players I don’t mind losing to.
“I didn’t play anywhere near Jonny’s level and he did what he needed to do. The only thing he did wrong was lose a leg!”
Price posted his second highest televised average to whitewash Fallon Sherrock 6-0 in the Quarter-Finals, averaging 110, hitting four 180s and converting six of his nine attempts at double.
Cullen ended the hopes of Australia’s World Cup hero Simon Whitlock, defying a partisan atmosphere to close out a 6-2 win and make it back-to-back Semi-Finals Down Under.
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New South Wales Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Results
Saturday August 20
Dimitri van den Bergh 0-6 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Fallon Sherrock
Simon Whitlock 2-6 Joe Cullen
Michael Smith 4-6 Jonny Clayton
James Wade 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Jonny Clayton 7-1 Joe Cullen
Jonny Clayton 8-1 James Wade