James ended Phil Taylor’s 8 year unbeaten run at the Winter Gardens by dumping out the defending champion to book his place in the World Matchplay final. Taylor started the better of the two and broke james throw to win the first session 3-2, James came back after the break and broke the Taylor throw to get back on track and win the second session 3-2. Taylor then broke James throw again to lead the machine 7-5 before james hit a purple patch and won 5 legs on the spin to shock the power, the pair then traded legs before the machine produced a superb 12 dart leg to break Taylor again to lead 13-10. From there James found his best darts and found himself in a 16-12 lead, needed one more leg James missed 8 match darts and let the power off the hook but started the next leg on his own 140 174 to close out the match and book his place in tomorrow’s final where he will play either Michael Van Gerwen or Peter Wright.
James averaged 97.85 but it was his doubling that stood out tonight taking out big shots at key times to hurt Taylor. After James thanked the Winter Gardens for their amazing support and for everyone kind on social media, you can follow James on Twitter here @JamesWade180 and we will see you all tomorrow …..#TeamWade