by Tom Beresford
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.
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