JAMES WADE 13 – 2 Richie Burnett

James Wade’s trademark finishing earned him a place in the last eight of the Bet Victor World Matchplay as he coasted past Richie Burnett on Tuesday.

Wade, the fifth seed for the title, triumphed 13-2 at the Winter Gardens thanks to an incredible collection of mid-range checkouts.

And the former champion set his sights on clinching the top prize once again.DARTS

He said: “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could win it so that is what I’m going after.

“Maybe I was lucky because he didn’t play well but I like to think I didn’t allow him to play well so I’m happy.

“I’m starting to get back to where I was before; perhaps I’ll be even better than before.

“It’s like being at home here. I always really look forward to coming here. I enjoy the crowd and the venue and the format is a dream for me.”

The pair exchanged breaks of throw in the opening two legs before Wade picked off 104 to take the third – also against the throw.

He then held and took out finishes of 102, 70, 98 and 96 to move into a 7-1 lead and his second 180 of the match helped him make it 8-1.

Burnett pulled one back before ‘The Machine’ fired in a third maximum as he restored a seven leg cushion.

He produced another clinical finish of 81 before breaking again by bedding double ten in a 13th leg that saw both players miss a string of double attempts.

The same double saw Wade move within a leg of victory and a fine 114 finish moved him into his ninth successive World Matchplay quarter-final.

By Chris Murphy

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