Joe Cullen produced a string of sensational performances to seal top spot on Night 31 of the PDC Home Tour, dropping just five legs against Gerwyn Price, Keegan Brown and Bradley Brooks whilst boasting a remarkable tournament average of 106.55.
The penultimate night of action in the first phase of the Home Tour saw the quartet return for their second taste of action – having previously finished runners-up in their respective groups, but Cullen stole the show with the performance of the tournament thus far.
‘The Rockstar’ kicked off his campaign with a 5-2 win over Brown, who took out a spectacular 170 checkout in leg four to level at two apiece. However, Cullen reeled off the final three legs without reply to prevail with a 106.17 average and legs of 12, 13, 14, 15 and 14 darts.
The 30-year-old then locked horns with world number three Price in his second clash of the evening, after the Welshman had rallied from 2-0 down to defeat Brooks 5-3 in the evening’s opener.
Nevertheless, Price was unable to topple an irrepressible Cullen. ‘The Iceman’ averaged 103.30, crashed in four maximums and didn’t miss a single dart at double, only to succumb 5-3 to the Yorkshireman, who averaged 107.64, who crashed in three 13-darters en route to victory.
This presented Cullen with the opportunity to secure top spot against Brooks and he needed no further invitation, completing the clean sweep in style with an emphatic whitewash win over the talented 20-year-old.
Cullen stormed into a 4-0 lead with legs of 12, 13, 14 and 15 darts – featuring a majestic 164 checkout in the opening exchanges. He made a sloppy start to leg five but still sealed the deal inside 17 darts, to triumph with a 105.85 average and five maximums.
The final match of the evening saw Brown and Price battling it out for second spot and it was the Isle of Wight ace who secured the bragging rights – recovering from 2-0 and 4-3 down to close out a last-leg victory, having averaged over 100 in thrashing Brooks 5-1 in his second tussle.
PDC Home Tour – Night 31
Gerwyn Price 5-3 Bradley Brooks
Joe Cullen 5-2 Keegan Brown
Keegan Brown 5-1 Bradley Brooks
Joe Cullen 5-3 Gerwyn Price
Joe Cullen 5-0 Bradley Brooks
Keegan Brown 5-4 Gerwyn Price