Jonny Clayton wins week eight to return to the top of the Premier League table

Welshman back to his best to win in Birmingham.

Jonny Clayton continued his strong Darts Premier League defence as he won week eight to return to the top of the table.

Clayton overcame James Wade in the final with some heavy scoring, with the result enough to see him draw level at the top of the table with Michael van Gerwen.

The Welshman started off in fine form, producing some clinical finishing to beat Michael Smith 6-1 despite Bully Boy posting a better average.

World champion Peter Wright was his next victim, although Clayton needed to rattle off three legs in a row to come from behind to win 4-3.

His best darts was definitely saved for the final, though, with him posting a huge average of 111.16 to overpower Wade.

On the other side of the draw, Wade stunned Van Gerwen 6-2 in the quarter-finals and then maintained that momentum to dismiss Joe Cullen, who earlier beat Gerwyn Price, in the last four.

"It feels good to be honest. When they go like that I feel the best in the world," Clayton said.

"You have to play your best darts throughout the competition and that is pretty much the best that I can throw so I am happy.

"Tonight was my night and that's it.

"I just felt really, really comfortable as the crowd were brilliant and my darts went brilliantly so what more can I ask for.

"It is great to win these nights but I want to be in that top four to try and retain my title and crossed fingers I can do it."

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