Wade vs King

BoyleSports World Grand Prix (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

King reached his second successive televised quarter-final as he came from a set down to defeat two-time World Grand Prix champion James Wade 3-1.

Wade, the 2007 and 2010 winner at the Citywest Convention Centre, had claimed the opening set 3-2 as he chased a spot in the quarter-finals.

However, the left-hander paid for failing to close out set two as King levelled the tie in a dramatic deciding leg.

The 2012 finalist then landed a ten-darter in taking set three 3-2 before sweeping through the next without reply to book a last eight place, following up July’s run to the same stage at the World Matchplay.

“I’m so pleased to be through,” said King, who last reached the quarter-finals in Dublin in 2014.

“James is a classic double top and double ten hitter, but I was a little bit more consistent than him.

“I don’t think I played that badly in the first set but I missed a couple of things and he punished me, and I had to dig in just to get back level, but from the third set I started firing.

“I’m not here to make the numbers up – I’m here to win the title and I’ve always said that if Mervyn King turns up, Mervyn King stands a good chance of winning.”