Jonny Clayton secured his fourth televised title of 2021 at the World Series Finals with an 11-6 victory over Dimitri…
Jonny Clayton secured his fourth televised title of 2021 at the World Series Finals with an 11-6 victory over Dimitri van den Bergh in Amsterdam.
Clayton, who won the World Grand Prix earlier this month, as well as The Masters and Premier League earlier in the year, added to his title haul in style at the AFAS Live.
Clayton produced a remarkable comeback to edge out Welsh counterpart Gerwyn Price in the Quarter-Finals, before sweeping aside Michael van Gerwen in the Semi-Finals and prevailing in a high quality final against Van den Bergh.
“I’m enjoying every second of what I’m doing right now,” said Clayton. “I want to thank everyone who supports me and gives me the chance to do this.
“I feel brilliant, my confidence is sky high at the moment. I’m one very happy man.
“There’s no easy games, everyone in this competition is fantastic but it’s my weekend so I’m going to smile tonight.
“It was a class game in the final, fair play to Dimitri. I could not get away from him until the last quarter of the game.”
The 47-year-old averaged 101.6 in the final as he pulled clear with five consecutive legs from six apiece to clinch the £70,000 title.
Clayton had begun the day by battling back from 7-2 down to dethrone defending champion Price 10-9 with a 122 checkout in the deciding leg.
His Semi-Final win over four-time champion Van Gerwen saw ‘The Ferret’ average 101.5, defying a 170 checkout from the Dutch favourite.
Clayton opened up a 2-0 lead in the final before Van den Bergh reeled off three consecutive legs to hit the front at the first interval without missing a dart at a double.
The pair traded legs up to six apiece before Clayton finished 64 to regain the lead, and pressed it home emphatically with checkouts of 103 and 121 to make it 10-6, before sealing victory on double five in the following leg.
Van den Bergh was denied his first televised title since last year’s World Matchplay but enjoyed a fine return to form over the weekend, defeating fellow Belgian Kim Huybrechts in the Last Eight before seeing off Krzysztof Ratajski 11-8 in the Semi-Finals.
“It wasn’t the result I wanted but Jonny and I played a fantastic final, what a star he is,” said Van den Bergh.
“I felt a lot better in my game this weekend than I have in the last few weeks. I’ve sorted something out and now I feel free to enjoy my darts again.
“I want to say a massive thank you to the fans, it was a joy playing in front of this crowd. I will be back.”
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World Series of Darts Finals 2021 Results
Sunday October 31
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-6 Niels Zonneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-8 Kim Huybrechts
Jonny Clayton 10-9 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Mervyn King
Krzysztof Ratajski 8-11 Dimitri van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen 6-11 Jonny Clayton
Jonny Clayton 11-6 Dimitri van den Bergh