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
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.
🚨 THE NINEEEEEEE 🚨
What a way to do it!
Rob Cross hits the first 9️⃣ dart leg of the #PDCSummerSeries!
He’s also in today’s final, beating Mensur Suljovic 7-2 in the semi final!
— Online Darts (@OfficialOLDarts) July 11, 2020
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.
- 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?
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Day Four Results
James Wade 8-2 Rob Cross
Rob Cross 7-2 Mensur Suljovic
James Wade 7-4 Ian White
Rob Cross 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Daryl Gurney
James Wade 6-0 Michael Smith
Ian White 6-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
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
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
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
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.