James Wade joined the winners circle at the PDC Summer Series after beating Rob Cross 8-2 in a high class final on day 4.

The Machine picked up his first title of 2020 in typical James Wade fashion with a number of quality finishes.

The first 4 legs all went on throw before Wade reeled off 6 straight to pocket £10,000. Only Wade and World Champion Peter Wright can now stop the World number 1 Michael van Gerwen from claiming top spot in the Summer Series order of merit.

The other main developments on day four saw:

  • A 9 dart leg from Rob Cross, the first of the Summer Series
  • The Top 16 players on the Order of Merit have all secured their spot at the World Matchplay
  • Eight players qualify for the Matchplay via the Pro Tour Order of Merit
  • Gerwyn Price fail to make the most of a good start to the day once again
  • Runs to the last 16 for Jason Lowe, Callan Rydz and Robert Thornton
James Wade Summer Series
James Wade Summer Series

Positive signs for the Machine

After a 6-2 loss at the hands of MvG yesterday Wade bounced back in the best way possible.

Starting the day with wins over Mike van Duivenbode and Harald Leitinger, the rest of the day reads as a who’s who of darting big names including four of the current top 16.

Despite the quality of opposition, no man managed to push Wade to a last leg decider all day.

Nathan Aspinall was the opponent that came closest to this feat, however he went down 6-4 in the last 16.

Michael Smith continued his poor run of results against the man from Aldershot.

Today was the first time he failed to get a leg against the machine in any contest they have met in before. Bully Boy will be extra disappointed after he dispatched Peter Wright 6-4 in the previous round.

Speaking to Online Darts after his victory Wade said “I enjoyed myself today, and its been a reflection in my darts.”

9 dart delight for Voltage

It was nearly the perfect day for Cross as he fired in a perfect leg en route to today’s final.

The moment of magic took place in leg 6 of the semi final vs Mensur Suljovic, and sees the Englishman become the first to hit a 9 darter at this years Summer Series.

Cross came through that semi final averaging 110 as he set up the showdown with Wade.

It was far from a day of plain sailing for the former electrician. He had to overcome 3 consecutive last leg deciders from the board final onwards. Danny Noppert, Callan Rydz and Jamie Hughes the men not able to get over the line against the world number 4 .

What else happened on Day 4?

Stephen Bunting’s failure to win the title on day 4 ensured Simon Whitlock will once again participate in the World Matchplay. The Australian number one and world number 16 cannot be caught heading in to the final day of action. However, will be hoping for a strong performance to position himself higher in the rankings, and away from a potential second round Matchplay clash with Michael van Gerwen.

Justin Pipe withdrew from the day’s play in round 1. The Force was suffering from an arm injury and opted to try and rest ahead of tomorrow’s final day of action. Currently sat in 12th of the Pro Tour qualifying spots he needs two wins tomorrow to guarantee a Matchplay spot, but will also find himself in next weeks action should results not go against him.

Eight players have also qualified for the World Matchplay through the Pro Tour Order of Merit. They are:

  • Joe Cullen
  • Brendan Dolan
  • Jose De Sousa
  • Danny Noppert
  • Jermaine Wattimena
  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Jonny Clayton
  • Jamie Hughes

Martijn Kleermaker and Luke Humphries served up the game of the day. The duo served up an 11 leg classic with no leg going beyond 15 darts.

The match was decided in fitting fashion also. Humphries missed a dart at bull to check out 81, before the big Dutchman stepped in and took out 140 to book his spot in round 3.

Former World Champion and Grand Slam winner Scott Waites is still on the hunt for his first win of the Summer Series.

View the:

  • PDC Order of Merit. The top 16 players on this will be seeded for the World Matchplay.
  • PDC Pro Tour of Merit. The top 16 players who aren’t already in the top 16 on the normal order of merit will qualify.

How can I follow the final day of the Summer Series?

We’ll have the final day of the Summer Series covered at Online Darts.

There will be a live blog from 11.30am tomorrow giving you results and ranking changes as they happen.

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You can also watch the Summer Series live.

Day Four Results


FINAL

James Wade 8-2 Rob Cross

SEMI FINALS

Rob Cross 7-2 Mensur Suljovic

James Wade 7-4 Ian White

QUARTER FINALS

Rob Cross 6-5 Jamie Hughes

Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Daryl Gurney

James Wade 6-0 Michael Smith

Ian White 6-1 Krzysztof Ratajski

ROUND 4 

Rob Cross 6-5 Callan Rydz

Jamie Hughes 6-1 Jason Lowe

Mensur Suljovic v Kai Fan Leung

Daryl Gurney 6-4 Robert Thornton

Michael Smith 6-4 Peter Wright

James Wade 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Krzysztof Ratajski v Jose De Sousa

Ian White 6-4 Glen Durrant

ROUND 3

Callan Rydz 6-5 Gerwyn Price

Rob Cross 6-5 Danny Noppert

Jamie Hughes 6-4 Ryan Meikle

Jason Lowe 6-3 Max Hopp

Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker

Kai Fan Leung 6-2 William Borland

Robert Thornton 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Daryl Gurney 6-4 Devon Petersen

Peter Wright 6-1 Ricky Evans

Michael Smith 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena

Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Benito van de Pas

James Wade 6-3 Jeffrey De Zwaan

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Keegan Brown

Jose De Sousa 6-4 James Wilson

Ian White 6-4 Darren Webster

Glen Durrant 6-1 Wayne Jones

ROUND 2

Gerwyn Price 6-3 Steve Brown

Callan Rydz 6-3 Ryan Searle

Rob Cross 6-2 Lisa Ashton

Danny Noppert 6-3 Andrew Gilding

Ryan Meikle 6-4 William O’Connor

Jamie Hughes 6-0 Gary Blades

Max Hopp 6-5 Dave Chisnall

Jason Lowe 6-3 Gary Anderson

Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Andy Boulton

Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Luke Humphries

Kai Fan Leung 6-1 Brendan Dolan

William Borland 6-4 Scott Baker

Robert Thornton 6-3 Joe Murnan

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven

Daryl Gurney 6-2 Nathan Derry

Devon Petersen 6-5 Gabriel Clemens

Peter Wright 6-0 John Henderson

Ricky Evans 6-4 Steve Lennon

Michael Smith 6-4 Niels Zonneveld

Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Reece Robinson

Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Simon Whitlock

Benito van de Pas 6-4 Andy Hamilton

James Wade 6-3 Harald Leitinger

Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-3 Mickey Mansell

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Carl Wilkinson

Keegan Brown 6-2 Mark McGeeney

Jose De Sousa 6-5 Madars Razma

James Wilson 6-3 Martin Atkins (Wigan)

Ian White 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Darren Webster 6-5 Kim Huybrechts

Glen Durrant 6-1 Stephen Bunting

Wayne Jones 6-2 Ryan Joyce

ROUND 1

Gerwyn Price 6-1 Derk Telenkes

Steve Brown 6-2 Adrian Gray

Ryan Searle 6-1 David Pallett

Callan Rydz 6-5 Matt Clark

Rob Cross 6-0 Jitse van der Wal

Lisa Ashton 6-4 Adam Hunt

Danny Noppert 6-0 Geert Nentjes

Andrew Gilding 6-5 Vincent Van der Meer

Ryan Meikle 6-0 Joe Cullen

William O’Connor 6-3 Mike De Decker

Jamie Hughes 6-2 Graham Usher

Gary Blades 6-5 Gavin Carlin

Dave Chisnall 6-2 Ted Evetts

Max Hopp 6-4 Bradley Brooks

Gary Anderson 6-2 Scott Mitchell

Jason Lowe 6-3 Steve West

Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Richard North

Andy Boulton 6-1 Nathan Rafferty

Luke Humphries 6-3 Steve Beaton

Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Robert Collins

Brendan Dolan 6-2 Jonathan Worsley

Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp

Scott Baker 6-5 Jonny Clayton

William Borland 6-0 Barrie Bates

Joe Murnan 6-3 Michael van Gerwen

Robert Thornton 6-4 Darius Labanauskas

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Simon Stevenson

Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Michael Barnard

Daryl Gurney 6-5 Mervyn King

Nathan Derry 6-4 Kirk Shepherd

Gabriel Clemens 6-1 James Hubbard

Devon Petersen 6-1 Harry Ward

Peter Wright 6-1 Martin Schindler

John Henderson 6-4 Ross Smith

Ricky Evans 6-5 Boris Krcmar

Steve Lennon 6-3 Arjan Konterman

Michael Smith 6-1 Ryan Murray

Niels Zonneveld 6-0 Ciaran Teehan

Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Reece Robinson 6-3 Jan Dekker

Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Alan Tabern

Simon Whitlock 6-5 Chris Dobey

Benito van de Pas 6-2 Matthew Edgar

James Wade 6-0 Mike van Duivenbode

Harald Leitinger 6-4 Josh Payne

Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-4 Nick Kenny

Mickey Mansell 6-4 Luke Woodhouse

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Karel Sedlacek

Carl Wilkinson 6-3 Scott Waites

Keegan Brown 6-4 Darren Penhall

Mark McGeeney 6-2 Cameron Menzies

Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jelle Klassen

Madars Razma 6-3 Christian Bunse

Martin Atkins (Wigan) 6-4 Adrian Lewis

James Wilson 6-5 Aaron Beeney

Ian White 6-1 Ryan Hogarth

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Jamie Lewis

Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Vincent van der Voort

Darren Webster 6-4 Conan Whitehead

Glen Durrant 6-4 Matthew Dennant

Stephen Bunting 6-5 Peter Jacques

Ryan Joyce 6-4 Jeff Smith

Wayne Jones 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk

Andy Hamilton received a bye into round 2.