A rejuvenated Gerwyn Price produced a jaw-dropping performance as Wales sent hosts Germany tumbling out of the World Cup of Darts.
It has been a tough year for The Iceman, who struggled with injury and form as he finished second-bottom of the Premier League table. But clearly relishing teaming up with Jonny Clayton for his country, Price’s impressive form in the tournament hit new heights in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon.
The 2021 world champion blew Martin Schindler away 4-0 in his singles match which was completed in just six minutes and 40 seconds with an incredible average of 117.88 with legs of 15, 10, 12 and 14 darts. At one stage, near the end of the match, he was averaging 124.
Price also added to his growing list of ton-plus finishes in the tournament with a spectacular 170 checkout. Schindler, who averaged an impressive 104 over the four legs, sportingly applauded his opponent after the winning double.
“That’s probably the best I’ve played for a long time,” said Price, who said he had to keep his emotions in check out of respect for the home fans in Frankfurt.
“It was difficult. I really wanted to get my emotions out but I thought the German crowd would turn against me. So I kept myself in and played brilliant, and so did Jonny as well.”
Clayton beat Gabriel Clemens in his match as Wales cruised into the semi-finals without the need of a deciding doubles match. Clayton tweeted after the match: “How was Gezzyprice [flames emoji]. Been awesome all weekend. Final session later against a very good Holland side.”
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Fans were also impressed with Price’s performance. “That was something else, unreal performance,” posted one on Facebook while another said: “That’s not Price, that’s an alien.”
A third wrote: “Price is a beast!!! 117.88 average (could have been 124) Almost perfect darts!” while on Twitter, one fan said: “Price woke up and chose violence.” Another commented: “Imagine averaging 104 and getting whitewashed.”
Wales will face their toughest test so far in the last-four against the Netherlands side of Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode, who have also looked impressive this weekend.
The other semi-final will see England (James Wade and Michael Smith) take on Australia. England ended the reign of defending champions Scotland (Peter Wright and John Henderson) while Australia (Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta) were too strong for Belgium (Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts).
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