Wade wins the World Matchplay

James Wade won the first major title of his career with a resounding 18-7 victory over Terry Jenkins at the Stan James World Matchplay title in Blackpool.

James Wade won the first major title of his career with a resounding 18-7 victory over Terry Jenkins at the Stan James World Matchplay title in Blackpool.

World number three Jenkins, who beat 13-time world champion Phil Taylor in the last four, was the favourite heading into the final but Wade had other ideas.

The 22-year-old from Aldershot quickly took a 6-1 lead and never let that advantage slip as he claimed the £50,000 winner’s cheque.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Wade, who moved up to third in the world behind Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld with the win.

“I’ve worked so hard for this day throughout my career, it’s unbelievable.

“I’ve been playing well. A lot of the TV tournaments haven’t gone my way, I haven’t performed as well but there is something about this place that makes me perform.”

Jenkins admitted he had no answer to Wade, runner-up last year.

“I thought I played well there but James was just unbelievable with his finishing,” he said.

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