James Wade continued his fine run of form in the McCoy’s Premier League as he claimed a 7-3 win against Gary Anderson, who was eliminated from the tournament on Thursday evening.
‘The Machine’ earned his fifth win of the season at The Brighton Centre, sealing it with a stylish 120 finish.
And the 2009 winner, who hit seven doubles out of eight attempts, admitted that he has his eyes firmly on the taking the title again.
“It is going really well this year,” said Wade, the world number four.
“It wasn’t nice to knock Gary out of the tournament but I had a job to do and I did it.
“It puts me in a good position to reach the play-offs.
“I’ve set myself a target of winning two majors this year and hopefully this can be the first of those.”
Anderson took the first leg before Wade pegged tops to level.
‘The Machine’ then pinned double ten to earn a break of throw but Anderson replied in kind with a fine 121 finish.
Wade responded with his first 180, which he followed with a brilliant checkout of 124 to break again and regain the lead.
A second 180 from Wade helped him move 4-2 ahead before Anderson reduced the deficit with an eleven dart leg.
Wade bedded double ten once more to restore his two leg lead and it soon became three when he hit tops for another break of throw.
And he sealed the win in style, taking out a sublime 120 finish to put himself top of the table.
By Chris Murphy