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James Wade reacts to first PDC title of 2019 after hammering Michael Smith in Players Championship final

UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 2019 AHOY ARENA, ROTTERDAM NIGHT2 PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG James Wade V MICHAEL SMITH JAMES WADE IN ACTION
James Wade picked up the title on Saturday (Picture: PDC/Lawrance Lustig)

James Wade won his first PDC title of the year on Saturday, walloping Michael Smith 8-2 in the final of Players Championship 9 in Barnsley.

The Machine takes his tally to 19 ProTour titles with the victory, which is his first Players Championship triumph since 2015.

The world number nine averaged over a ton three times in his seven wins, which included victories over the likes of Mark Webster, Scott Baker and a thriller against Adrian Lewis.

Lewis had five darts to beat Wade in the quarter-finals, but couldnt get over the line and the Machine pinched a 6-5 victory.

Wade was also taken to a deciding leg in the semis, eventually beating Baker 7-6, before demolishing Smith in the final.

14th March 2019, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England; Unibet Premier League Darts, night 6; James Wade in his match against Mensur Suljovic (photo by Tim Williams/Action Plus via Getty Images)
Wade has made an impressive return to form in recent months (Picture: Action Plus via Getty Images)

This win means a lot to me, said Wade. Perhaps it wouldve meant even more a year ago but it still means a lot because I havent been winning things.

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Im so, so happy to win this, people dont know how happy I am and now Im excited and looking forward to the future.

Ive been playing well for a long time now but havent quite been getting the rub of the green, but today Ive had a bit of a touch by scraping past Adrian.

I still think Im underachieving for my ability but its about turning up every morning and being hungry, which I am.

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Smith was in fine form over the day, but could not find his A-game in the final as he crumbled to a heavy defeat.

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