Saturday 22 July 2017

Darts: Wade keeps cool to claim title

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

James Wade claimed the bodog.com World Darts Grand Prix title at Citywest last night with a 6-3 victory over Adrian Lewis.

The world No 3 silenced the hostile crowd to claim the €114,000 title for the second time, his fifth major win.

The left-hander swept past Raymond van Barneveld in Saturday night's semi-final, before Lewis stunned Phil Taylor in an epic battle. But the Stoke native couldn't repeat the trick against an in-form Wade, who had to deal with being roundly booed in both games. But last night he rose above the jeers to celebrate a comprehensive win.

The opening five sets went with the throw, before Wade made the breakthrough in the sixth with a 3-1 win. Although Lewis rallied to take the next set, Wade kept his nerve, taking the eighth 3-1.

Lewis missed a chance to keep the last set alive, allowing Wade to finish on a double-10.

Tyrone's Michael Mansell claimed the Irish Matchplay title in the curtain-raiser with victory over Stephen Byrne, clinching a place at December's World Darts championships in the process.

He lifted the Tom Kirby Memorial trophy with a 6-4 victory.

Irish Independent

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