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Wade is winner of World Grand Prix

Updated: Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 10:58

James Wade with the trophy
James Wade with the trophy

James Wade claimed his fifth major title with a 6-3 win over Adrian Lewis in the final of the Bodog.com World Grand Prix in Dublin tonight.

Wade had started the stronger and moved into a 4-2 lead, although the action was overshadowed to an extent by an angry confrontation between the two players after Lewis was distracted mid-throw.

Lewis, fired up by the altercation, produced excellent darts to win the seventh set 3-0 - twice taking his time before hitting doubles with his first dart, as his opponent's form deserted him - but Wade battled back in the eighth.

He was denied a 180 in the second leg when his final throw hit the flight of the previous dart. Lewis responded with a maximum but missed double top twice - only for Wade to miss three darts at a double and allow Lewis to mop up double four.

But a finish of 64 put him 2-1 up and a 171 took him to the brink of winning the next, which he duly did with a third dart at a double.

Lewis, who overcame Phil Taylor in the semi-finals last night, led 2-1 in the ninth but, when he missed out on a finish of 81, Wade finished at the second attempt and a double-10 finish secured the title.

Lewis blamed his opponent for the controversy and told Sky Sports: 'There was a movement on stage when I was throwing. Wadey said it wasn't him but I saw his foot.'

Wade responded: 'I'm gobsmacked. I'm not going to go into it. Anyone can watch any replay and watch my feet - they did not move.'

On the match itself, the champion and new world number two added: 'Am I as good at scoring as him? No. Am I as good at finishing? Yes - and I think that's what won me the game.'

Lewis - who hit eight 180s to Wade's three, blamed 'stupid shots', adding: 'I'm very disappointed with myself. [But] life goes on. It's a game of darts.'

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