James just misses out


Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - SPORT -

JAMES WADE top­pled Phil ‘ The Power’ Tay­lor and world cham­pion Gary An­der­son in the PDC World Se­ries on Sun­day – only to be edged out by world No. 1 Michael van Ger­wen in the fi­nal.

The Alder­shot ace pro­duced, ar­guably, his best form of the sea­son in win­ning through to his sec­ond World Se­ries fi­nal in Shang­hai, fol­low­ing up his 8- 7 quar­ter- fi­nal vic­tory over An­der­son with an 8- 6 suc­cess over 16- time world cham­pion Tay­lor in the semi.

But then he came up against van Ger­wen, who re­cov­ered from the dis­ap­point­ment of los­ing in Dubai and Auck­land to claim a su­perb 8- 3 fi­nal vic­tory and the in­au­gu­ral ti­tle.

“I’ve beaten two amaz­ing darts play­ers to­day in Gary and Phil and un­for­tu­nately I didn’t turn up in the fi­nal,” Wade said. “Michael was too strong but it’s a step in the right di­rec­tion be­cause it’s a great thing to be in­volved in a fi­nal, and it’s ob­vi­ously the first time over here in China.”

The Dutch­man also opened the fi­nal with a 138 fin­ish and a pair of tops check­outs gave him a 3- 0 lead be­fore Wade took out 116 to re­spond.

A four- leg burst then moved van Ger­wen into a 7- 1 lead, and though Wade again fin­ished 116 in claim­ing back- to- back legs to keep his hopes alive, a missed bulls­eye in the next al­lowed the world num­ber one in to post dou­ble 16 for a 13- darter to claim the ti­tle.

The PDC World Se­ries of Darts con­tin­ues with the Zi­pang Casino Tokyo Darts Masters on July 6- 7.

So close: James Wade just missed out on the in­nau­gu­ral World Se­ries event in Shang­hai.

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