‘The Iceman’ adds prestigious World Grand Tarifs crown to a pair of Grand Throw triumphs and recent World Number of Darts success
By Paul Prenderville at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Last Updated: 12/10/20 9: 53pm
Gerwyn Price ended the Dirk vehicle Duijvenbode fairytale at the World Fantastic Prix with a ruthless 5-2 triumph in the final to add a third main televised ranking title to their CV and climb to 2nd in the world rankings.
‘The Iceman’ leapfrogs world champion Philip Wright to sit behind just Michael van Gerwen in the ratings after winning his fourth name in the last five tournaments he has performed, underlining his claim to be the greatest player in the world at the moment.
Price’s victory ends the desire run of Van Duijvenbode, the particular 28-year-old aubergine farmer who will come back at work in the Netherlands on Wednesday after becoming the first debutant to achieve the final of the unique double-to-start occasion since the inaugural competition.
Van Duijvenbode can console themself with a place in the world’s best 64 and the biggest payday associated with his career, but it was The Iceman who lifted the trophy plus claimed the £110, 000 initial prize as he continued a callous winning streak in style.
Fast start for clinical Iceman
Van Duijvenbode had been forced to watch on for a lot of the opening set as he had been afforded just one dart at a completing double as Price motored in to an early lead.
Getting missed a dart at dual top for an early roof-raising 105 finish, the Welshman returned in order to mop up in clinical craze a sweep of the first established, having been given little trouble by Dutchman playing in the biggest suit of his darting life.
‘The Titan’ settled their nerves with a clinical 70 complete to start a high-quality second established. Both men traded excellent mixture finishes with Van Duijvenbode adding in three 180s along the way, however the Iceman has made a habit associated with staying cool at the crucial occasions and a brilliant 87 finish to the bullseye put him two models to the good.
Back-to-back 15-darters showed Van Duijvenbode had not been about to be bullied by their more experienced opponent, effectively stealing the particular darts from Price in the 3rd set on his way to securing the particular set.
However , getting opened a window back into the particular contest and just when a revival through the underdog looked on the cards, Cost stamped his authority all over the go with once again.
A 14-dart break of throw set the particular tone as he averaged 90 for that fourth set to the Dutchman’s sixty, and the winning post began to weaving loom into view for the man through Markham in South Wales.
Van Duijvenbode left in order to rue missed chances
For the second set in succession Vehicle Duijvenbode could barely get their average above 60 in the 5th set and Price forged the 2-0 lead only for the Dutchman to stop the rot in magnificent fashion.
A stunning 135 finish on the bullseye kickstarted The Titan, who also stated the fourth leg, forcing Price in to a deciding leg for the 10th amount of time in the tournament. Having won all 9 previous sets to go the distance Cost delivered again but only right after his opponent missed a dart at double top for a 114 finish that would have made it 3-2.
Instead Price pinned double four and had a three-set advantage.
Prior to this week, Van Duijvenbode’s experience over the longer formats has been limited but with the shackles away from he began to relax, throwing at a faster pace he was able to pinch the particular sixth set, ending Price’s operate of 10 successive wins within last-leg shoot-outs.
The 12-dart leg took the Dutchman two clear in the seventh arranged, but Price wrestled back the benefit forcing yet another last-leg decider plus fittingly in a tournament where he bossed the key moments he did therefore again, this time with a classy 102 finish, to get his hands on the particular trophy.
Darts is back on Atmosphere Sports on Thurs night with the thrilling conclusion from the Premier League Play-Offs, while the huge tournaments continue in November with the World Cup of Darts plus Grand Slam of Darts