Premier League Darts 2021: Jonny Clayton defeats Jose De Sousa to win first Premier League title

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Premier League Darts 2021: Jonny Clayton defeats Jose De Sousa to win first Premier League title


Clayton becomes first Welshman to win Premier League title

Jonny Clayton beat Jose De Sousa to win his first Premier League Darts title in front of a sold-out crowd in Milton Keynes on Friday night.

In a high-quality final, Clayton shot six max of 180, averaging over 100 and hit 55% of his darts to a double to win the biggest title of his career and with it the top prize of £ 250,000 .

The ferret had taken last place in this year’s competition when he beat Mervyn King in the January Masters final at the same venue and he won the final match of the Championship stage against Dimitri Van den Bergh to pinch fourth and last place in Friday’s final.

After beating Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals – putting an end to the Dutchman’s hopes of a record sixth Premier League crowd – he beat maverick Portuguese pitcher De Sousa 11-5 to add the Premier League to the Cup. world, the Masters and two Pro Tour Titles since November.

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Clayton: Title ‘Means Absolute World’

Clayton: Title ‘Means Absolute World’

Premier League Darts 2021: Play Offs

Semi finals Jonny Clayton 10-8 Michael van Gerwen
José De Sousa 10-9 Nathan Aspinall
Final Jonny Clayton 11-5 Jose De Sousa

Back to work for the fabulous Ferret

The ferret is the first man in Premier League history to win the title after finishing fourth in the league stage

The ferret is the first man in Premier League history to win the title after finishing fourth in the league stage

“It’s absolutely phenomenal, thank you to everyone who believes in me, it means a lot,” said Clayton, 46, who still works as a plasterer for Carmarthenshire Council.

“I’ll still be back to work on Monday, but seriously, it’s absolutely huge. I love the game, I am a lazy practitioner, but when I come here I try my best.

“It means the absolute world to me, Wales is on the map, my little village is on the map. I have a few thanks to all my sponsors who believe in me, my family, my children, it’s great.

“But especially to the NHS who are willing to risk their health to save ours, so thank you very much, brilliant. “

  • Jose De Sousa broke Gary Anderson’s record of 79,180 max – The Special One threw 81 in the league stage and added 15 more on finals night
  • Michael van Gerwen broke his own record of over 100 starts – MvG hit 22 in 2018 and after shooting 23 in the league stage he added two more on Friday

After 17 nights of action, 12 played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena, nearly 1,000 people gathered in the hall for a thrilling evening that saw Clayton beat five-time champion Van Gerwen in the semi-finals. De Sousa went on to beat last year’s runner-up Nathan Aspinall to reach the final.

Having lost the first set – just like he did in his semi-final against MVG – Clayton responded with a triple-digit finish and he was within millimeters of another as he found the double seven in the place of double 16 and a check-out of 104.

But the Welshman paused when De Sousa beat his score of 16 by deviating in the double 16 and a fiery Ferret pinned on a double nine and continued with a throw-hold for a 3- lead. 1.

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Jonny Clayton’s 121st final saw him win his first leg in the Premier League Darts final against Jose de Sousa.

Jonny Clayton’s 121st final saw him win his first leg in the Premier League Darts final against Jose de Sousa.

The pair split the next two innings as Clayton maintained their narrow advantage and De Sousa – having shot in a tournament record of 89 max 180 to reach the final, struggled to find his range on the treble 20.

Clayton was forging even clearer and when he landed a brilliant 13-dart leg against the throw he was leading 5-2 and was almost halfway to the finish line.

De Sousa claimed a third leg of the game to keep in touch and step back, but the Welshman was not discouraged, another 13-dart break kept him in the ascendancy.

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With Clayton poised on 102 after nine darts, The Special One produced a shiny finish of 100 to ensure a fourth successive break from the throw and keep within two of the ferret.

The interval hardly changed the flow, as Clayton punished four missed darts from De Sousa for a throw hold. A clinical checkout of 98 keeping his finishing percentage close to 60% only for the Portuguese to retaliate.

A remarkable seventh consecutive throw break followed as Clayton moved within three of the finish line and kept pace with De Sousa who began to find his maximum range, but the ferret dismissed the threat. .

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The best of the action from Finals Night of the Premier League Darts at the Marshall Arena.

The best of the action from Finals Night of the Premier League Darts at the Marshall Arena.

A first hold of the pitch since the sixth inning of the competition gave him four legs for the first time and when he landed the double 16 he was throwing for the title with a 10-5 advantage.

Clayton missed a dart at the double 16 to win in style with a 112 outshot, but when De Sousa couldn’t pin the mile for a 127 on his side, Clayton ended up with three darts for the title and he failed. ‘only needed two to succeed Glen Durrant.

The darts are back on your Sky Sports screens in July, with nine days of coverage of the iconic Winter Gardens and World Matchplay – the action kicks off Saturday, July 17

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