Price defends Grand Slam of Darts in remarkable fashion

Gerwyn Price successfully defended his Grand Slam of Darts title after denying Peter Wright at Wolverhampton’s Aldersley Leisure Village.

After having lifted a maiden major crown last year in a controversial clash against Gary Anderson, Price retained possession of his prestigious Eric Bristow Trophy, defeating Wright 16-6 in a one-sided final.

A relentless performance – which included 11 maximums and a scintillating average of 107.86 – proved simply too much for a valiant ‘Snakebite’ – who loses for a second time at the final hurdle of the Grand Slam.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” an ecstatic Price told “I knew in the middle of the game that I was playing really well. I was hitting trebles for fun and putting Peter under pressure and he wasn’t playing his best.

“I knew that I was at the top of my game and I felt comfortable all the way through that game. I’m happy to play the way I did – Peter’s a world-class player and for me to win 16-6 is outstanding.

“This week the crowd has been fantastic for me. To come through that game and have the cheers at the end of it is a much better feeling than last year.

“I’m not used to this but they truly have got behind me and I appreciate it.”

After seeing off world number one and three-time champion Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals, Price seized an early advantage in the final, pinning a 100 finish to move one up, before moving into the interval with a slender 3-2 lead.

Outshots of 111, 88 and 84 helping Price move 7-3 adrift, though, back-to-back legs from ‘Snakebite’ halved the Welshman’s lead.

Despite the Scotsman’s perseverance, Price failed to regress and an ice-cool onslaught followed. An 11-darter and a 130 checkout on the bull was incorporated in an eight-leg dominance from Price as he proceeded to the cusp of victory.

A slight blip from the now world number three allowed Wright to pull another solitary leg back, though, ‘The Iceman’ kept his cool, nailing double five to become one of seven players to defend a PDC major.

After enduring defeat in yet another PDC major final, Wright said: “I had no answer. Beating Michael [van Gerwen] and then the way he played there, I thought he was trying for the record [average in a Grand Slam of Darts final].

“I was chasing him all the way through, and when he missed I was lucky if I was on 100-and-something! He played fantastic all the way through.”

At the scene where he was dubbed a darting villain, Price received a warm reception upon lifting the prestigious title for a second successive year, firmly embedding his name into not only the history books, but also the sport’s current elite.

Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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