Clayton saw off Rock 8-5 in a superb clash which went back and forth but in the end, he reeled off four consecutive legs to claim it 8-5 and seals a massive confidence booster heading into the Premier League play-offs.
Clayton missed the bull for an opening 81 checkout and Rock held throw with a 117 checkout for 1-0. Clayton hit 41 for 1-1.
A 180 left double 15 for Rock but he slipped inside and Clayton left 24 which he pinned on double three for 2-1. But Rock got the break straight back at 2-2.
Amid pressure though Clayton smashed in a 160 checkout for 3-2. But Rock hit another 180 to look for another break but couldn’t make it parity allowing Clayton to punish again on double four for 4-2.
Rock levelled though on double 10 with back-to-back legs for 4-4 and Rock was throwing for 5-4. Clayton stopped a mini-rot making it 5-5.
A 121 on double 14 not the bull like his usual route saw Clayton go 6-5 up and he was throwing to go one away. A 116 checkout saw him do just that and he sealed it on double eight.