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Wonderful Wade 'rocks' Gibraltar!

Posted by Unicorn at 09:07 on 30th June 2014 in Unicorn Darts News

Wonderful Wade 'rocks' Gibraltar!

James Wade is back in the winner's circle again!

The Unicorn star is the new Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner.....his first tournament success in nearly three years. Wade beat Steve Beaton 6-4 in the final, coming from 1-4 down to claim a precious victory and the £20,000 winner's cheque.

What a moment for Wade and what a time to win....the perfect preparation ahead of the World Matchplay. It's been a long time coming! It was way back in October 2011 that he last won a tournament.

"It's difficult to put into words what this means,"he said. "I've won so many tournaments but it got to the point when I didn't think I would win again because it's been so long. In many ways this means more than any of my TV victories."

A huge moment and it could turn out to be a big turning point for Wade. Earlier in the day, young Dutchman Benito van de Pas missed three darts to beat the Unicorn star only for Wade to win a last leg decider.

He then beat Unicorn stablemates Kim Huybrechts and Michael Smith before winning those five consecutive legs to take out Beaton in the final.

He showed all his battling qualities to get the job done. Beaton looked in control at 4-1 in front but a brilliant 11 darter from Wade to break back turned the game.

At 5-4, Beaton just missed D11 for a 142 finish to level but Wade's trusty D10 in the next two legs took him to his prized win.

Wade now moves ahead of Peter Wright into 5th place in the PDC Order of Merit.

"I have still got a long way to go but I have to make sure this is a turning point in my career. It certainly feels like it!"

Smith's day looked full of promise until he appeared to hit the wall in the semi-final against Wade.

The St Helens star took care of Jamie Caven 6-3 and then did a job on two-times World Champion Adrian Lewis, winning 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

He was exceptional with a 99 average to win, despite Lewis threatening to hit back after a 160 finish.

But against Wade, it just didn't happen and from 2-2, he lost his way, his scoring and his form. He would have hoped for better that's for sure. An 87 average unfortunately tells its own story.

And what a disappointing end for Gary Anderson, as the Unicorn man bowed out in the quarter-finals.

In the last 16 against Justin Pipe, the Scot averaged 101, hit four 180s, cruised to a 6-2 victory and won the match with a 170 check-out! He was favourite to win the event going into the final day.

But against Beaton in the quarter-finals, it was a catalogue of errors and missed doubles. Anderson was 1-4 and 2-5 down. Somehow he managed to claw it back to 5-5 but Beaton, with the darts, won the deciding leg. Gary averaged just 79.58 - problems he has to iron out if he really wants to mount a challenge at the World Matchplay next month.

Kim Huybrechts knows it was there for the taking against Wade.

Earlier the Belgian ace had produced a fantastic display to defeat Ian White with an average of 104.

And he carried that form into the quarter-final clash as he led 2-0 but when Huybrechts missed crucial darts to go 3-0 up, it marked THE turning point.

Wade levelled and after Huybrechts missed more doubles, 'The Machine' took out a brilliant 120 finish and that was a huge moment in seeing him over the line.

Caven never really got going in his last 16 defeat to Smith and an 87 average just wasn't going to make an impression.

But all the plaudits go to James Wade....richly deserved.

Results - Q/Finals:

Simon Whitlock 6-2 Adam Hunt
Steve Beaton 6-5 Gary Anderson
Michael Smith 6-3 Adrian Lewis
James Wade 6-4 Kim Huybrechts

S/Finals:

Steve Beaton 6-4 Simon Whitlock
James Wade 6-2 Michael Smith

Final:

James Wade 6-4 Steve Beaton

STUART PYKE reporting


Photo courtesy Carsten Arlt, PDC Europe

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