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Premier League Darts 2022 Night 15 | O2 London Preview and Order of Play

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Joe Cullen clinches capital title at The O2 to boost Premier League play-off push

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 19 May 2022
Cullen celebrates his triumph at The O2 (Photo by Steve Paston/PDC)

Joe Cullen claimed the Premier League Night 15 title at The O2 in London with a 6-4 victory over table-topper Jonny Clayton in the final on Thursday.

A crucial night for Cullen saw him pick up his second weekly title of the Premier League season to move into the top four going into the final night of league fixtures.

The Masters champion dropped just six legs on a dominant evening in London to leapfrog Peter Wright into the final play-off place and set up a straight shootout between the pair for qualification in Newcastle next week.

Cullen began the night by thrashing a struggling Gary Anderson 6-1, before replicating that emphatic scoreline against Wright in the Semi-Finals with six from nine on the doubles.

Cullen and Clayton exchanged holds of throw in the opening four legs of the final, but ‘The Rockstar’ struck the first decisive blow with a 110 checkout in leg five.

The 32-year-old extended his advantage with a 14-darter in leg six, only to squander five darts at doubles moments later as Clayton pegged back to 4-3.

Cullen eventually restored his two-leg lead via double one in leg eight, and although Clayton fired back with a spectacular 144 checkout, the debutant sealed the deal with a nerveless 62 finish.

“The format is really cut-throat, I was under a lot of pressure tonight and I responded well,” said Cullen, who will qualify with victory over Wright next Thursday.

“I’ve put so much pressure on myself in these last few weeks. Some of the performances – I’ve got no issue in saying this – I’ve been embarrassed, genuinely embarrassed.

“I don’t think I was great tonight, but I just ground the results out. It should have been a simple finish at the end, but it wasn’t and that’s been my story of the Premier League this year.

“You are trying to pick a game when you can guarantee two points and it’s impossible. We can all play really good darts on the night.”

Clayton secured a place in his seventh final of the campaign – his fourth in five weeks – with victories over Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith in the capital.

The 47-year-old eased past fellow countryman Price 6-3 in the evening’s opener, before ending Smith’s Play-Off hopes with a hard-fought 6-4 success to guarantee top spot.

The Welshman becomes just the fourth player in Premier League history to top the league phase, following in the footsteps of Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Glen Durrant.

Smith had held off a late rally from Michael van Gerwen to seal a 6-5 victory in the Quarter-Finals, surviving three match darts from the Dutchman in the decider, but his Semi-Final defeat means he can no longer qualify for the play-offs.

Wright defeated the returning James Wade 6-3 in a hard-fought Quarter-Final battle, but other results mean Wade is already guaranteed of a play-off place going into Night 16.


Premier League Darts – Night 15 Results

Thursday May 19

Jonny Clayton 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Michael Smith 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 6-3 James Wade
Joe Cullen 6-1 Gary Anderson

Jonny Clayton 6-4 Michael Smith
Joe Cullen 6-1 Peter Wright

Joe Cullen 6-4 Jonny Clayton

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