Xiaochen Zong continued his dominance in the PDC China Premier League by claiming his fourth victory of the campaign on Tuesday.
Zong posted an impressive 98.63 average to sweep aside Bin Zheng in the Night Six showpiece, to maintain his 12-match winning run in the revamped nine-player tournament.
The two-time World Championship qualifier has not tasted defeat since the opening night in June, claiming four successive nightly wins following his absence on Night Four.
Zong made a sensational start to Tuesday’s final, following up a maximum with a two-dart 96 finish to break throw in 11 darts, only for Zheng to respond with back-to-back legs to seize the initiative.
However, the league leader levelled up proceedings with a comfortable hold, and after rattling in consecutive 12 and 14-dart legs, Zong sealed the deal with a clinical 71 combination.
The 24-year-old is now assured of his place in September’s Play-Offs, extending his lead at the summit courtesy of a 5-3 win over his nearest challenger Xicheng Han in the quarter-finals.
Zong also dispatched Wenge Xie in the semi-finals, taking out a brace of 116 finishes to complete an emphatic whitewash win.
Zheng was featuring in his first final of the season, following up a 5-2 win over Yin Deng by demolishing Weihong Li in the last four to preserve his slender Play-Off hopes.
The top four players following Night Nine will qualify for the Play-Offs on September 18, and Zong is now nine points clear at the top with only three nights of league action remaining.
Han and Lihao Wen remain in second and third place respectively following their quarter-final exits, while Chengan Liu occupies the fourth and final Play-Off spot, despite not featuring on Night Six.
The eventual champion will receive US$1,500 prize money and a place in the 2022/23 Cazoo World Darts Championship in December.
The PDC China Premier League returns for Night Seven on August 16, and the action will be broadcast through PDCTV for all subscribers worldwide, with play commencing at 1900 CST (1200 BST) on each day.
PDC China Premier League
Tuesday August 2
Weihong Li 5-2 Lihao Wen
Bin Zheng 5-2 Yin Deng
Xiaochen Zong 5-3 Xicheng Han
Wenge Xie 5-3 Zhiwei Lin
Bin Zheng 5-0 Weihong Li
Xiaochen Zong 5-0 Wenge Xie
Xiaochen Zong 5-2 Bin Zheng
PDC China Premier League
August 16 - Night Seven
August 23 - Night Eight
September 6 - Night Nine
September 18 - Play-Offs (semi-finals & final)
League Nights - best of nine legs
Play-Offs - semi-finals best of 19 legs, final best of 21 legs
Yin Deng, Xicheng Han, Weihong Li, Zhiwei Lin, Chengan Liu, Lihao Wen, Wenge Xie, Bin Zheng, Xiaochen Zong.