Simon Whitlock finally booked a place in the Championship League Darts Winners Group
Simon Whitlock won through to the Championship League Darts Winners Group at the fifth time of asking.
Last Updated: 18/10/12 10:43am
The Australian, who had been involved in each day of the tournament so far this year, beat compatriot Paul Nicholson 6-3 in Wednesday's Group Five final.
The Wizard had been the only player to beat Nicholson in the round robin league phase at Crondon Park in Essex, snatching a 6-5 win with a final-leg 11-darter.
After powering past Dave Chisnal in the semi-finals with an 107.02 average, Whitlock made a slow start to the final as Nicholson moved into a 2-0 lead.
But he stopped the rot with an 11-dart finish to take the third leg then rattled off the next four to move into a 5-2 lead.
Nicholson hit back when he took out tops for an 82-finish but it was only a temporary reprieve as Whitlock finished on double-10 in the next leg to secure the £2,850 prize.
"I played really well today and I'm very happy with the result," said Whitlock, last month's European Championship winner.
"It was great to finally make a final because I scraped through in a couple of the days, but I've been pretty consistent and all the players seem to produce their best darts here for some reason."