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Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 23 Jun 2019
Wade equals his best ever year of ProTour success (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
James Wade claimed his fourth PDC ranking title of the season at Players Championship 18 in Wigan on Sunday with an 8-5 victory over Jose De Sousa in the final.
Wade, who scooped three ProTour titles in April, added to his tally at the Robin Park Leisure Centre as he denied the Portuguese number one in the decider.
The reigning European Champion produced a series of granite performances en route to the final, where he pressed home his vast experience to clinch the £10,000 top prize.
“Yesterday after I lost, I looked at a picture of my son on my phone and that inspired me to win today,” said Wade.
“The final wasn’t a great game, in fact I wouldn’t say I played very well today which is ironic really.
“But maybe today will boost me into a bit of form and I can do some damage at the World Matchplay.”
Wade began his charge with victories over Dutch duo Benito van de Pas and Yordi Meeuwisse, followed by a narrow 6-5 win over Keegan Brown to reach the Last 16 – where he overcame Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4.
He averaged 101.5 to end the ground-breaking run of rising star Callan Rydz 6-3, before edging out Saturday’s winner Krzysztof Ratajski 7-5 in the Last Four.
De Sousa got off to a flying start in his first PDC final, taking out 160 to hold throw in the opening leg.
The opening four legs all went with throw, before Wade hit his trademark double ten to gain the first break of the match and took out 68 to move two clear.
De Sousa came roaring back with successive legs of his own, including a 12-dart break with an 88 checkout to level the tie.
Despite averaging over 11 points more than Wade after eight legs, De Sousa was left to rue his missed chance to go ahead as Wade found double seven with his last dart in hand for an 86 checkout to break and make it 5-4.
From there, Wade produced a dominant end to the contest, dropping only one more leg to run out a convincing 8-5 winner.
De Sousa, who secured his PDC Tour Card for the first time in January, backed up his run to the Quarter-Finals of the Danish Darts Open on his European Tour debut last weekend.
The Portuguese ace defeated the likes of Nathan Aspinall and Jeffrey de Zwaan on his way to the Semi-Finals, where he ran out a 7-5 victor over Dimitri Van den Bergh, ending the Belgian’s hopes of qualifying for the Betfred World Matchplay in the process.
A number of players were vying for the 16 ProTour Order of Merit places in the Blackpool event ahead of the cut-off next Sunday.
Vincent van der Voort, James Wilson and Kyle Anderson currently occupy the final three spots, but Anderson’s hopes were dealt a blow as he suffered an opening round loss to Ryan Searle.
Searle, Ross Smith and Gabriel Clemens will each now fall short of challenging for the final qualification spots, while Keegan Brown and William O’Connor lead the chasing pack of 11 players who will compete in the Czech Darts Open from June 28-30.

Players Championship 18 Results

Sunday June 23
First Round
Dekker, Jan 6-4 White, Ian
Humphries, Luke 6-4 Kamphuis, Vincent
Smith, Ross 6-4 Jones, Wayne
Justicia, Jose 6-5 Prins, Dave
Durrant, Glen 6-0 Bain, Jamie
Meulenkamp, Ron 6-1 Eastwood, Gary
Bunting, Stephen 6-2 Norris, Alan
Woodhouse, Luke 6-3 Kantele, Marko
Ratajski, Krzysztof 6-5 Webster, Mark
Killington, George 6-0 Kanik, Tytus
Henderson, John 6-5 Worsley, Jonathan
Alcinas, Toni 6-5 Robbe, Mario
Klaasen, Jelle 6-4 Evans, Ricky
Clemens , Gabriel 6-3 Joyce, Ryan
Noppert, Danny 6-4 Nentjes, Geert
Reyes, Cristo 6-3 Lerchbacher, Zoran
Dolan, Brendan 6-2 Lewis, Adrian
Edhouse, Ritchie 6-5 Michael, John
Van der Voort, Vincent 6-2 Wilson, Mark
Huybrechts, Kim 6-4 Zonneveld, Niels
Beaton, Steve 6-5 Van Baelen, Davy
Thornton, Robert 6-5 Hudson, Peter
Dobey, Chris 6-4 Koltsov, Boris
Rydz, Callan 6-3 Burton, Stephen
Wade, James 6-3 Van de Pas, Benito
Meeuwisse, Yordi 6-5 Cadby, Corey
Brown, Keegan 6-5 Meikle, Ryan
Tabern, Alan 6-2 Menzies, Cameron
Rodriguez, Rowby-John 6-3 Clayton, Jonny
Dudbridge, Mark 6-2 Edgar, Matthew
King, Mervyn 6-2 Owen, Robert
Clark, Matt 6-5 Hunt, Adam
Chisnall, Dave 6-3 Shepherd, Kirk
Hughes, Jamie 6-2 Kist, Christian
Searle, Ryan 6-4 Anderson, Kyle
Boulton, Andy 6-0 Van Duivenbode, Mike
Whitlock, Simon 6-4 North, Richard
Van den Bergh, Dimitri 6-2 Murschell, Dawson
Evetts, Ted 6-3 Wattimena, Jermaine
Van der Meer, Vincent 6-0 Lewis, Jamie
Suljovic, Mensur 6-2 Lennon, Steve
Carlin, Gavin 6-4 Pallett, David
O’Connor, William 6-1 Petersen, Devon
Payne, Josh 6-4 Ward, Harry
Cullen, Joe 6-2 Burness, Kevin
Baker, Scott 6-3 Newell, Tony
Mansell, Mickey 6-5 Hopp, Max
Razma, Madars 6-2 Wilkinson, Carl
Schindler, Martin 6-5 Wright, Peter
Huybrechts, Ronny 6-4 Stevenson, Simon
Murnan, Joe 6-2 Wilson, James
Whitehead, Conan 6-2 Barnard, Michael
Aspinall, Nathan 6-3 Robinson, Reece
De Sousa, Jose 6-3 Monk, Arron
De Zwaan, Jeffrey 6-4 Brooks, Bradley
Bates, Barrie 6-1 Gilding, Andrew
Gurney, Daryl 6-3 Temple, Terry
McGeeney, Mark 6-5 Van Duijvenbode, Dirk
Richardson, James 6-3 West, Steve
Labanauskas, Darius 6-5 Bunse, Christian
Smith, Michael 6-1 Gray, Adrian
Dootson, Eddie 6-5 Harrington, Ryan
Kuivenhoven, Maik 6-5 Webster, Darren
Pipe, Justin 6-2 Carroll, Shaun
Second Round
Humphries, Luke 6-4 Dekker, Jan
Smith, Ross 6-4 Justicia, Jose
Meulenkamp, Ron 6-2 Durrant, Glen
Woodhouse, Luke 6-4 Bunting, Stephen
Ratajski, Krzysztof 6-2 Killington, George
Henderson, John 6-0 Alcinas, Toni
Clemens , Gabriel 6-3 Klaasen, Jelle
Reyes, Cristo 6-4 Noppert, Danny
Dolan, Brendan 6-1 Edhouse, Ritchie
Van der Voort, Vincent 6-2 Huybrechts, Kim
Beaton, Steve 6-3 Thornton, Robert
Rydz, Callan 6-3 Dobey, Chris
Wade, James 6-4 Meeuwisse, Yordi
Brown, Keegan 6-4 Tabern, Alan
Rodriguez, Rowby-John 6-5 Dudbridge, Mark
Clark, Matt 6-0 King, Mervyn
Chisnall, Dave 6-5 Hughes, Jamie
Boulton, Andy 6-4 Searle, Ryan
Van den Bergh, Dimitri 6-4 Whitlock, Simon
Evetts, Ted 6-4 Van der Meer, Vincent
Suljovic, Mensur 6-3 Carlin, Gavin
O’Connor, William 6-1 Payne, Josh
Cullen, Joe 6-2 Baker, Scott
Razma, Madars 6-1 Mansell, Mickey
Schindler, Martin 6-1 Huybrechts, Ronny
Whitehead, Conan 6-3 Murnan, Joe
De Sousa, Jose 6-2 Aspinall, Nathan
De Zwaan, Jeffrey 6-1 Bates, Barrie
McGeeney, Mark 6-2 Gurney, Daryl
Richardson, James 6-4 Labanauskas, Darius
Smith, Michael 6-3 Dootson, Eddie
Kuivenhoven, Maik 6-2 Pipe, Justin
Losers: £500
Last 32
Smith, Ross 6-4 Humphries, Luke
Woodhouse, Luke 6-3 Meulenkamp, Ron
Ratajski, Krzysztof 6-5 Henderson, John
Clemens , Gabriel 6-1 Reyes, Cristo
Dolan, Brendan 6-3 Van der Voort, Vincent
Rydz, Callan 6-2 Beaton, Steve
Wade, James 6-5 Brown, Keegan
Rodriguez, Rowby-John 6-2 Clark, Matt
Boulton, Andy 6-1 Chisnall, Dave
Van den Bergh, Dimitri 6-4 Evetts, Ted
O’Connor, William 6-4 Suljovic, Mensur
Razma, Madars 6-3 Cullen, Joe
Whitehead, Conan 6-4 Schindler, Martin
De Sousa, Jose 6-3 De Zwaan, Jeffrey
Richardson, James 6-0 McGeeney, Mark
Smith, Michael 6-4 Kuivenhoven, Maik
Losers: £1,000
Last 16
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Ross Smith
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Callan Rydz 6-5 Brendan Dolan
James Wade 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Andy Boulton
William O’Connor 6-0 Madars Razma
Jose de Sousa 6-4 Conan Whitehead
James Richardson 6-4 Michael Smith
Losers: £1,500
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
James Wade 6-3 Callan Rydz
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 William O’Connor
Jose de Sousa 6-2 James Richardson
Losers: £2,250
James Wade 7-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Jose de Sousa 7-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Losers: £3,000
James Wade 8-5 Jose de Sousa
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000