Josh Payne won his second PDC ranking title as he trousered the £10,000 prize at Milton Keynes on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year old from Gravesend produced a string of superb performances throughout the course of the day.
In the final, Payne held his nerve to see out a 6-5 victory over the World no.2 Peter Wright. Payne was always in the driving seat in the final as he raced into a 3-1 lead. He missed two darts to move into a 4-1 lead, and as you’d expect, Wright punished those missed opportunities to level the match up at 3-3. But, Payne remained composed throughout the course of the match as he continuously held onto his throw. Payne was poised on 101 for a 6-4 win, but Wright piled in a superb 161 finish as he pinned the bull. But, as Payne had been doing all day, he remained composed and relaxed to hold throw for a fantastic 6-5 win as he picked up his second PDC ranking title.
With that win, Payne remains just £2,750 away from a potential World Matchplay spot with seven events still to play before the cut-off.
Throughout the day, Payne enjoyed some great victories over the likes of Steve West (6-1), Zoran Lerchbacher (6-4), Christian Kist (6-2), Mervyn King (6-0), Jonny Clayton (6-2) & Ian White (6-4) in the Semi Finals.
Payne spoke to Dan Dawson of the PDC following his 6-5 win in the final over Peter Wright :
“I want to keep progressing and picking up more titles because I know I can do it,” said Payne, who played in the 2016 BetVictor World Matchplay.
“I find TV tournaments very different to the floor events, so for me it’s about adjusting to them and being ready for the next one.
“I know I am good enough to make a big mark on TV, it’s just a matter of everything coming together on the day.
“I never just turn up and see what happens, I don’t want to be an extra. I’m here to show who I am, do my thing and win.”
Since making his William Hill World Championship debut at the start of 2017, Payne’s form dipped throughout the rest of the year and he failed to qualify for any further televised tournaments last year.
However, the Gravesend thrower has enjoyed a bright start to this year, having already made a semi-final on the ProTour in April, before going all the way in Sunday’s event.
“I had a tough year last year, and since then I’ve really put the work in and dug deep so to see it paying off makes me really happy,” Payne added.
“Every part of my preparation is important – it’s a mental and physical game.
“I’ve knuckled down, stuck to my guns and I’m delighted that my hard work is paying off.
“My last ProTour win felt a lot different to this one, last time I was just playing the game and enjoying it – everything felt good.
“This time I had to push myself to get the win, but I felt mentally strong in the deciding leg.”