Jonny Clayton dominates James Wade to win the New South Wales Darts Masters | darts news

It was a masterful victory for Jonny Clayton as he secured an 8-1 victory over James Wade; he beat Joe Cullen and Michael Smith on his way to the title

Last update: 08/20/22 15:37

Clayton was in fine form at Wollongong when a packed crowd saw him storm home to victory.  (Sylvia Liber/PDC)

Clayton was in fine form at Wollongong when a packed crowd saw him storm home to victory. (Sylvia Liber/PDC)

Jonny Clayton claimed his first World Series title in Australia with victory at the PalmerBet New South Wales Darts Masters, dispatching James Wade in front of a record crowd in Wollongong.

There were 4,000 fans packed into the WIN Entertainment Center to watch Clayton capture his first title of 2022, courtesy of an 8-1 comprehensive victory over Wade in Saturday’s showpiece.

The former World Series Finals winners were vying to claim their first World Series tour titles, but Clayton stole an early drive to set up a 3-0 cushion.

Wade followed up his first high with a trademark over-ton finish to open his account, only for Clayton to restore his three-legged cushion with a dart of 14, which he followed up with a 120 payout to lead 5-1.

The Welshman refused to budge and stretched his margin to 7-1, before sealing the deal in spectacular style, posting a brilliant finish of 160 to take home the £20,000 top prize.

“This means a lot to me,” said an emotional Clayton, who gave up just 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 lucky for me I kept him under pressure.

“Hopefully this can get the rest of my year going. Last week I didn’t show up, but I lost to a much better player, and now I’m looking forward to next week.”

2022 PalmerBet New South Wales Darts Masters

Quarter finals James Wade 6-0 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Fallon Sherrock
Joe Cullen 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Michael Smith
semifinals James Wade 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Jonny Clayton 7-1 Joe Cullen
Final Johnny Clayton 8-1 James Wade

Earlier in the day, Clayton secured a place in the semi-finals with a 6-4 battle over third seed Michael Smith, posting a brilliant 136 to seal his progression.

The Welshman then reached Saturday’s final with a 7-1 crushing victory over Joe Cullen, avenging his loss to the man from Yorkshire in June’s Cazoo Premier League semi-finals.

Wade was bidding to win his first PDC title since March 2021, and he produced some impressive displays in the closing stages on Saturday, shutting out top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh in the last eight.

The 10-time TV title winner punished a wasteful display from the Belgian, shooting four 180s and taking out 127 and 104 payouts to book his place in the final four.

The southpaw then put on a ruthless display of combination finishing to eliminate world number one Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals.

Wade started proceedings with a lofty 140, before winning the final three stages to complete a convincing 7-3.

James Wade admitted that he had been

James Wade admitted that the Welshman had “torn him apart”. (Sylvia Liber/PDC)

“Jonny tore me apart,” reflected an earnest Wade after the game.

“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 had to do. The only thing he did wrong was lose a leg!”

Elsewhere, Price posted her second-highest televised average to dispatch Fallon Sherrock in the quarterfinals, averaging 109.98, hitting four 180s and converting six of her nine attempts into doubles.

Meanwhile, Cullen dashed the hopes of Australia’s World Cup hero Simon Whitlock, defying a partisan atmosphere to wrap up a 6-2 victory and reach consecutive semi-finals Down Under.

The World Series of Darts roadshow will culminate with the TAB New Zealand Darts Masters at Hamilton’s Globox Arena on August 26-27, as Michael van Gerwen attempts to defend his crown.

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