Last Updated: 05/11/18 11:48am
James Wade lifted his second title in the space of seven days with a dramatic 11-10 win over Michael Smith in the final of the bwin World Series of Darts Finals at the Multiversum in Vienna.
A week on from ending a four-year wait for a win in a televised tournament, ‘The Machine’ repeated the trick in Austria, sending out a loud message to his rivals with the Grand Slam just around the corner and the World Championships on the horizon.
The 35-year-old looks to be back to his best, as wins over Ross Smith, Mensur Suljovic, Jamie Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith saw him claim the £50,000 top prize.
An incredible end to the final saw Wade bust 121, allowing Smith to level at 10-10 before a gripping final leg saw Smith miss five darts for the title allowing Wade to find double 18 for the win.
“Going into the semi-final with Raymond [van Barneveld] I said to myself ‘come on, you are up for this’ and I kept that focus all the way through to win it,” commented Wade after his victory.
Meanwhile, reigning champions Michael van Gerwen was shocked by fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-final. The world number one had darts at double to level the tie at 9-9, but RvB held his nerve when it mattered to hold out for a 10-8 triumph.
2018 bwin World Series of Darts Finals
Friday, November 2
Raymond Smith 6-3 Keegan Brown
Damon Heta 6-5 Maik Langendorf
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Ian White
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Max Hopp
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Royden Lam
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Steve Beaton
James Wade 6-3 Ross Smith
Saturday, November 3
Michael Smith 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Raymond Smith
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Gary Anderson
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Rob Cross
James Wade 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Damon Heta
Sunday, November 4
Gerwyn Price 10-7 Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith 10-5 Dave Chisnall
James Wade 10-5 Jamie Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 10-8 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 11-8 Gerwyn Price
James Wade 11-2 Raymond van Barneveld
James Wade 11-10 Michael Smith
Darts season is in full swing and continues on Sky Sports with the Grand Slam of Darts which gets underway with a double session on Saturday, November 10 and continues through to the final on Sunday, November 18
The World Championships are just around the corner and get underway from the iconic Alexandra Palace on December 13.