James Wade won his first title of 2020 with victory on day four of the PDC Summer Series in Milton Keynes, denying nine-dart hero Rob Cross in the final.

Wade reached his second final of 2020 with some brilliant darts during the day, recording ton-plus averages as he defeated Mike van Duivenbode, Nathan Aspinall and Ian White as well as whitewashing Michael Smith 6-0 in the quarter-finals.

He also defeated Austrian newcomer Harald Leitinger and Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan, and saved arguably his most clinical display for the final.

Rob Cross

Cross had landed a nine-darter during his exceptional semi-final win over Mensur Suljovic, and shared the opening four legs of the final with Wade courtesy of finishes of 101 and 108.

However, Wade produced huge checkouts of 108 and 156 to break throw as four successive legs moved the left-hander 6-2 up, before double ten and tops secured a memorable title.

"It's been a really good day and I enjoyed it," said Wade. "It's been up and down for the last three days but I think in my last four games I played really well and my finishing has been good all day.

"It's nice to get back into it and go to work. It's been wonderful spending time with my family but I knew I had to come back to work and today is why we do it - it's a lovely feeling.

"I know I can win and it's not a new thing for me. There's some tremendous players and I'm one of the fortunate ones to still be about after 20 years of playing.

"I've been doing it for a long time but I'm still keen, I can still win and make the other younger players work."

2018 World Champion Cross had earlier landed the PDC's 16th nine-darter of 2020 in style as he followed up two 180s by taking out 141 with the unique combination of treble 19, treble 16 and double 18 to record his third perfect leg.

Cross went on to win the semi-final 7-2 with a 110 average, to follow earlier ton-plus averages against Jitse van der Wal and Jamie Hughes.

He also battled past Danny Noppert and Callan Rydz in a deciding leg and overcame four-time Lakeside Women's Champion Lisa Ashton during his run to a first final of the year.