James Wade secured a Players Championship double this weekend after defeating Jeffrey de Zwaan in the final on Sunday. ‘The Machine’ claimed the title on Saturday as well after seeing off Michael Smith.
The left-hander came back from 4-0 behind in the final, as De Zwaan missed two darts to move 5-0 up. The Dutchman also missed darts for 5-1 and 6-5. After De Zwaan missed tops to regain the lead in the 11th leg, Wade took out 60 to take the lead for the first time in this match.
A 12-dart leg saw the multiple major winner moving one leg away from victory, before he hit a 15-dart leg to claim his third Pro Tour title within eight days.
The world number nine defeated Luke Woodhouse (6-5), Christian Kist (6-0), Ted Evetts (6-5), Stephen Bunting (6-4) and Jonny Clayton (6-2) to set-up another clash with Michael Smith in the semi-finals. Wade defeated him in his previous two Pro Tour finals and booked another win over Smith to reach the final in Barnsley.
John Henderson reached his first semi-final of the season after defeating the likes of Dirk van Duijvenbode, Justin Pipe and Danny Noppert. Three-time Lakeside champion Glen Durrant made it back-to-back quarter-finals as ‘Duzza’ lost to De Zwaan. ‘The Black Cobra’ also beat Tytus Kanik, Jan Dekker, Joe Murnan, Steve Beaton and Henderson en route to his fourth PDC final.
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|98.0||Wade, James||8||–||5||De Zwaan, Jeffrey||96.3|
|92.5||Wade, James||7||–||4||Smith, Michael||89.6|
|106.8||De Zwaan, Jeffrey||7||–||4||Henderson, John||90.4|
|99.9||Smith, Michael||6||–||4||White, Ian||101|
|98.3||Wade, James||6||–||2||Clayton, Jonny||100.4|
|91.5||Henderson, John||6||–||5||Noppert, Danny||88.9|
|102.5||De Zwaan, Jeffrey||6||–||3||Durrant, Glen||91.3|
|102.1||White, Ian||6||–||3||Whitlock, Simon||95.8|
|100.3||Smith, Michael||6||–||4||Rafferty, Nathan||94.9|
|96.7||Clayton, Jonny||6||–||2||Ratajski, Krzysztof||92.5|
|104.7||Wade, James||6||–||4||Bunting, Stephen||97.2|
|101.9||Noppert, Danny||6||–||5||Price, Gerwyn||105.2|
|94||Henderson, John||6||–||1||Pipe, Justin||89|
|102.7||Durrant, Glen||6||–||5||Cadby, Corey||100.9|
|103.5||De Zwaan, Jeffrey||6||–||2||Beaton, Steve||91.6|