Clayton claims second Premier League night on a brilliant night in Birmingham
Brilliant Jonny Clayton won his second Cazoo Premier League night triumph on Thursday in Birmingham, denying James Wade his first victory by defeating his opponent 6-1 in the final.
With the win, the reigning Premier League champion drew level on 17 points with table-topper Michael van Gerwen, who was knocked out in the quarter-finals at the Utilita Arena.
Clayton’s night triumph was his first since winning the decider on Night Two in Liverpool, meaning Wade and Michael Smith are still waiting for their first taste of glory in the new Premier League format halfway through the season.
The Welshman dominated the final, giving his opponent little chance to win as he won 6-1 with an average of 111.16.
Clayton made it difficult for Wade to win his first league night match in the final, giving him only one shot at a double during the match.
Clayton was always ahead during the scoring stages of legs, with five maximums and six 140s, en route to a 6-1 victory.
“When they go like that I think I’m one of the best in the world, so tonight was brilliant,” said the 47-year-old after his win.
“The field that we’re in is absolutely fantastic, there are no gimmes and I think tonight was as well as I can throw.
“I’m chasing Michael, so hopefully I can pass him next week.
“It’s great to win these nights but I want to be in that top four to try and retain my title.”
Cazoo Premier League
Night 8 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Thursday March 31
Michael van Gerwen 2-6 James Wade
Joe Cullen 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 6-5 Gary Anderson
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Michael Smith
James Wade 6-2 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 4-6 Jonny Clayton
James Wade 1-6 Jonny Clayton
Night 9 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thursday April 7
Michael Smith v Peter Wright
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Joe Cullen v Jonny Clayton
James Wade v Gerwyn Price