James Wade wins Players Darts Championship 11 and 12 in Barnsley over weekend
Last Updated: 14/04/19 10:05pm
James Wade claimed a third PDC title in eight days thanks to an 8-5 win over Jeffrey de Zwaan in the final of Players Championship 12 in Barnsley on Sunday.
Wade followed up his Players Championship 11 triumph on Saturday with a series of further impressive displays to round off a perfect weekend and join Gerwyn Price in winning back-to-back Pro Tour titles in 2019.
The sky's the limit and hopefully I can win a few more.
"When you get to my age and you haven't played so well for five years, it's really special to win back-to-back titles," said Wade.
"I thought I was dead and buried in the final. I was feeling a little bit tired, and I didn't play anywhere near as well as I did in two or three other games today.
"But I'm really happy to win. I've been playing this game at the top level for 15 years now, but the best may be to come.
"The sky's the limit, and hopefully I can win a few more."
The start of the day saw Wade narrowly avoid a first round exit to Luke Woodhouse, coming through a deciding leg, before averaging 108.7 in a 6-0 whitewash of Christian Kist.
Wade once again came through a sudden-death shoot-out against Ted Evetts, and then averaged 104.7 to beat Stephen Bunting 6-4 and progress to the quarter-finals.
A convincing 6-2 triumph over Jonny Clayton followed, before Wade defeated Michael Smith 7-4 in a repeat of Saturday's final to make it 15 victories in his last 16 meetings with the World Championship runner-up.
Wade found himself trailing 4-0 to De Zwaan in the final game of the weekend, but a resilient display saw him battle back to take his weekend winnings up to £20,000.
What comes next? Night 12 - Thursday, April 18 - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
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The next Players Championship events will be held across April 30-May 1 at The Barnsley Metrodome.
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