Clayton on target to stay top of the league

By Lucy Brooks

Night 13 of the Cazoo Premier League Darts Tournament took saw Jonny Clayton emerge victorious at the OVO arena in Glasgow.

The league has seen eight of the world’s best darts players come together to play for a share of a £1 million prize-fund.

Kicking off the night was an all-Scottish affair between Gary Anderson and two-time and reigning world champion Peter Wright. Wright had a rocky start which he never recovered from allowing Anderson to take a 6-2 win with a double-10 finish.

Jonny Clayton then joined Anderson in the semi-finals by overcoming James Wade 6-2.

In the other half of the draw, world number two ‘the iceman’ Gerwyn Price was dominated by ‘bully boy’ Michael Smith who emerged 6-3 winner with an impressive 107 check-out.

The final semi spot was taken by crowd favourite Michael Van Gerwen who was run close by current masters champion Joe Cullen. The pair kept each other on their toes, ending the game 5-6 to MVG.

In the first semi-final, Anderson showed his capabilities with a crowd-pleasing 12-dart starting leg, taking out a 150 check-out. Clayton however, did not back down and kept up with a T20 T19 D12 finish on the fourth leg. He then manages to pull a lead and took a 4-6 win from an intense encounter to the final.

The second draw saw Van Gerwen storming the first leg with a 180. Smith remained close, giving the and hauled himself back into contention resulting in 5-5 decider but despite his astonishing 100.01 match average, ‘almost man’ Smith was eventually defeated.

Clayton was first to throw in the final and made no mistake hitting a perfect maximum. Van Gerwen made a solid attempt to recover but after meeting at 3-3 Clayton did not hold back and pushed ahead for a 6-3 win and a table-topping 34 points – six points ahead of MVG in the league.

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