After finishing runner up the first two days, and a trip to the semi final on Day Three, Jonny Clayton finally won the title on Day Four of the PDC Super Series in Bolton.
Nobody could begrudge the likeable Welshman getting over the line against Damon Heta. He was the most consistent player across the four days and is arguably, on form, the best player in the world right now.
On a day which won’t have quite the social media impact as yesterday evening’s win by Raymond van Barneveld did, The Ferret just carried on going about his business in the same way he had since 2pm on Thursday.
Consistent Ferret gets over the line
In a final which swung one way and then the other, Clayton finally won the PDC Super Series title on Day Four after he’d come so close in previous days. He took the first two legs before Heta fought back and they were tied at four legs each. The turning point came in legs 9 and 10 as The Ferret put together two incredible legs of darts to break and then hold to lead 6-4.
The next three legs went with throw, to leave Clayton 7-6 ahead and throwing for the match. Heta did absolutely nothing wrong in the leg, leaving a finish after 9 darts, but an 11-darter from the Welshman meant Heta didn’t even get a shot at stopping him from lifting the title.
The Masters winner and tenth member of the 2021 Premier League, had started his day off with a comfortable win over Martin Atkins of Wigan. Then came Andy Boulton as Jonny fired in an average of 109.6, the highest of anyone on the day, as he dispatched him 6-2.
Next on his hit-list was Rowby-John Rodriguez, before he sent home the star studded and much fancied trio of José de Sousa, Michael Smith and Gabriel Clemens on his way to a third final in four days.
The Australian, Heta, was himself very impressive across the day. No more so than when he dispatched a previously rejuvenated looking Michael van Gerwen in the semi final.
Along the way he also defeated Dirk van Duijvenbode, Peter Wright, Mervyn King, David Evans and the previous night’s champion, Raymond van Barneveld.
What else did we see on the final day?
It was a day of the PDC Super Series, so naturally we saw a nine darter. It didn’t take long either, as today’s player to oblige was Luke Woodhouse. He treated us to three perfect visits in leg six of his opening round match against Danny Noppert, before suffering the same fate as Adrian Lewis yesterday. Despite achieving perfection, he went on to lose the match.
Michael van Gerwen finally found some form on Day Four, going all the way to the semi finals before losing out to Damon Heta. His run including a very determined looking victory over Madars Razma in a quarter final contest that had more than a little needle.
There was an impressive run to the semi finals for Germany’s Gabriel Clemens, knocking out both Devon Petersen and Daryl Gurney en route to his semi final loss to Jonny Clayton.
Dirk van Duijvenbode was also in good form, notably when defeating James Wade 6-2, with a 105.6 average in their last 16 tie.
The shock of the day came as former two time, back to back World Champion Gary Anderson was sent packing by World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks in the first round. It wasn’t a sparkling performance from the Blackburn youngster, but he held his nerve to hold on for a 6-4 victory.