James Wade moved into the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in Dublin after defeating Simon Whitlock in a thrilling match on Friday evening.
The two-time winner of the double-start tournament took out a brilliant 101 finish to win a last leg decider, edging an exciting encounter to progress to the last four.
Wade continues his pursuit of an eighth major title when he meets Phil Taylor in the semi-finals on Saturday.
James Wade fought off the challenge of Ireland’s Connie Finnan to book his place in the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix in Dublin on Wednesday evening.
Wade, a two-time winner of the double-start event, won a deciding set to set up a last eight clash with Simon Whitlock.
James Wade moved into round two of the European Championship with an opening night victory over Mark Webster on Thursday.
The seven-time PDC major title winner won the first three legs to stamp his authority on the game and his opponent couldn’t find a way back. more
Two-time winner Wade claimed a comfortable win against the Scotsman, taking his sixth victory over the last three days. more
James Wade charged through to the last 16 with a 9-2 demolition of Dave Chisnall on Saturday afternoon in Bolton.
The 30-year-old, who won the tournament in 2008 and 2011, defeated the world number nine with apparent ease thanks to some clinical finishing.
Wade, who has already won five games in the last three days, will find his opponent for Saturday evening’s fifth round when the draw takes place at the end of the afternoon session. more
JAMES WADE 9 – 7 Jamie Caven
James Wade produced a strong performance to defeat Jamie Caven in the third round of the UK Open in Bolton on Friday evening.
The two-time champion averaged over 100 as he claimed his fourth win of the tournament, following on from Thursday’s triumphs over Robbie Green, Matt Gallett and Wayne Jones.
Wade took out a fine 141 finish and a match-winning 85 checkout to set up a last 32 clash with Dave Chisnall.
The Machine has won both the World Grand Prix and UK Open twice. He has also triumphed in the World Matchplay, Championship League and the prestigious Premier League, and at the age of just 29, the evidence suggests that more major glory awaits.
The 2009 winner has admitted his relief at finishing in the play-off places after a shaky end to his league campaign but is confident of bringing his best game to Thursday’s finals night at the O2 in London.
The world-number four faces league leader Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals, with the winner taking on either Phil Taylor or Raymond van Barneveld for the title. more