Jonny Clayton
Jonny Clayton continued his fine current form with a perfect leg (Picture: LAWRENCE LUSTIG)

Jonny Clayton produced a perfect 9-dart leg in his superb 7-3 win over Jose de Sousa on Wednesday night, averaging 105.26 in the process.

The outrageously high-quality contest saw the Portuguese star average an even greater 108.48, but could only get three legs on the board despite that.

Clayton landed the perfect 9 in the eighth leg and was just glad that his children will have watched him do it from home.

‘I’m a happy man, it’s brilliant,’ said the Ferret. ‘I know my kids will have been bouncing around the house tonight watching that.

‘It was a great game, Jose is a brilliant player. We’ve played each other a few times on tour and I knew I’d have to play my best to win and thankfully that’s what I did.

‘It’s all going well for me at the moment. The darts are going well, my confidence is high and I’m enjoying it.

‘I won’t get ahead of myself though, my aim is still just to make sure I’m still in the competition after Judgement Night.

‘Whatever happens tonight is forgotten about, tomorrow is a different challenge.’

Most importantly the victory keeps up the Welshman’s unbeaten start to the Premier League with two wins and a draw from his first three matches, leaving him level on points with Dimitri Van den Bergh and Michael van Gerwen.

MVG was in rioutous form as well, ending on 107.58 to beat Rob Cross 7-3, while Van den Bergh only needed a 93.94 to whitewash Glen Durrant 7-0, with Duzza continuing to struggle for any kind of form.

The other two games saw Peter Wright down Gary Anderson 7-4 and Nathan Aspinall beat James Wade by the same scoreline.

While Clayton stole the show, MVG’s improving form is ominous for the rest of the field as the former champion looks to regain his throne.

‘To win a game like this against Rob is good for my confidence,’ said the former world number one. ‘Things are starting to change for me in a positive way.

‘Rob is a phenomenal player, you have to do the right things at the moments to beat him. I’m glad I was able to tonight.

‘It’s going better than last year but I need to make sure I keep this going now and keep towards my aim of winning my title back.’

The first block of Premier League fixtures continues on Thursday night with five more contests…

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Peter Wright
Jonny Clayton v Rob Cross
Jose de Sousa v Nathan Aspinall
James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson v Glen Durrant


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