James Wade’s Resurgence Takes Shape in Munich
James Wade’s resurgence continued in Munich after a solid start to the year.
Wade made it back-to-back semi-finals on German land after coming through the qualifiers in Barnsley and being thrown into the same side of the draw on successive occasions.
‘The Machine’ saw off Madars Razma on the opening day in Munich before beating two of his Unicorn teammates in Jelle Klaasen and Michael Smith to setup another semi-final clash with an inform Peter Wright.
“It was a scrappy game, said Wade following his win over Jelle Klaasen in Munich. “Jelle didn’t play anywhere how he can, he’s been struggling recently and I was the lucky one. I’ve never lost self-confidence, I’m there or there abouts and here to stay.”
Wright came out victorious on the semi-final once again before loosing to Michael Van Gerwen in a sub-standard final at the Zenith.
If you were to compare James Wade’s stats with his stats of the 2007-2009 period when, despite not being number one, ‘The Machine’ was dominant in the world of darts. During that period, Wade lifted many trophies and major tournaments including the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, UK Open and the Premier League.
At the moment, based on his statistics during the opening two European Tour events and first six Players Championship events Wade is playing to a better standard than he was during that 2007-2009 period.
When the Aldershot-based star lifted the World Matchplay in 2007 he had an average score of just 92.76, despite this being so low it was six points more than when he lifted the World Grand Prix later than year, where his tournament three-dart average was just 86.13.
The 2008 World Championship, where Wade reached the semi-final was another tournament we used in our statistical sample. Wade’s tournament three-dart averaged was just 88.39 and he converted around 4.8 maximums per game.
His three-dart average for the opening two European Tour events of 2018 is 98.43 that is over ten points more than what it was when he lifted the World Grand Prix 11 years ago. Wade’s maximum per game rate in Germany is 2.1 that is less than the 2009 World Championship but you have to remember the format is much shorter during the weekend’s in Europe. ‘The Machine’ also converted a 170 checkout in his semi-final with Peter Wright in Munich.
Wade’s three-dart average for the first six Players Championship events of 2018 is 96.26 once again higher than that 2007-2009 period. He has played 20 games and pinned 35 maximums which brings his max per game rate to around 1.75.
Obviously this doesn’t prove that Wade has rediscovered his form from 10 years ago but it does give a rough idea that ‘The Machine’ we all know and love is back in business.
Finally, Wade lifted the European Darts Matchplay two years ago in Hamburg beating Dave Chisnall in the final. His stats during the start of this year have also been better than that competition, where he took the title. This can also show how the quality of darts is improving and how you now have to produce that extra piece of brilliance to win the £25,000 on the European Tour.
Wade had a three-dart average of 96.07 in Hamburg whereas his maximum per game rate was 1.4. That is less than both his Players Championship and European Tour three-dart average and his maximum per game rate.
James Wade seems to be back to form now and hopefully we will see the man who has won virtually ever major title winning them once again very soon. ‘The Machine’ will also be looking to get some more ranking money on the board before the deadline for the World Cup of Darts in May.
? Photography courtesy of Kelly Deckers / PDC EUROPE