Wonderful Wade's European Triumph

JAMES WADE claimed his first televised title for almost four years by defeating Simon Whitlock 11-8 in the Unibet European Championship final in Dortmund.

Wade survived missed match darts in both his quarter-final win over Gerwyn Price and a dramatic semi-final against German favourite Max Hopp.

The left-hander then ended Whitlock's bid to win a second European Championship title as he scooped the £100,000 top prize - just 13 days after becoming a father for the first time to son Arthur.

"That was for my son, Arthur," said Wade. "I'm actually emotional about this - it's an amazing feeling and I'm going to enjoy this win.

"It's not often that I am lost for words but I am after this. I've shown that I'm dangerous and everyone needs to watch out.

"Today I went into every game battling. I’ve been a lucky boy but perhaps that makes up for some of the misfortune I’ve had in recent years, and it’s a step in the right direction."

Whitlock also battled his way to the final in dramatic fashion, taking out 110 in the deciding leg of his last four clash with Joe Cullen after coming back from 10-7 down.

The Australian, who began the final day of action at the Westfalenhalle with a 10-7 quarter-final defeat of Steve West, opened the final strongly with six perfect darts and led 3-1 early on.

Wade hit back to lead 5-4, but there was little to separate the pair as they remained locked following 16 legs.

Wade, though, landed back-to-back 13-dart finishes to pull away to 10-8 before pinning double ten to seal glory.

The day had also seen Cullen and Hopp reach their first televised semi-finals, only to suffer narrow defeats in their bids for glory.

Cullen paid for one missed match dart in his tie with Whitlock, while Hopp - who was cheered on by over 5,000 German fans in Dortmund - saw three chances to win his semi-final with Wade go begging.

World Champion Rob Cross lost out 10-8 in the quarter-finals, while Hopp won the last six legs without reply to defeat Darren Webster 10-5 in the last eight.

Price agonisingly missed three match darts in the deciding leg of his quarter-final with Wade, while West - who knocked out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in round two - saw his hopes ended by Whitlock.

Wade's £100,000 triumph sees the left-hander move up to sixth on the PDC Order of Merit, and also seals his spot in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton next month.

The autumn's televised action continues next weekend with the bwin World Series of Darts Finals from November 2-4 at the Multiversum in Schwechat, Vienna.

Unibet European Championship
Sunday October 28
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock 10-7 Steve West
Joe Cullen 10-8 Rob Cross
Max Hopp 10-5 Darren Webster
James Wade 10-9 Gerwyn Price
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session
Semi-Finals
Simon Whitlock 11-10 Joe Cullen
James Wade 11-10 Max Hopp
Best of 21 legs

Final
James Wade 11-8 Simon Whitlock
Best of 21 legs