World number one Gerwyn Price clinched his first title since winning the World Championship, after defeating Luke Humphries in the Final of Players Championship 6 in Milton Keynes.
The Iceman won his maiden title as World Number One producing his best darts since January 3rd, coming through the day to ultimately beat Luke Humphries 8-5 in the Players Championship 6 Final at the Marshall Arena, scooping the £10,000 winners prize.
Price prevails for first title this year
The Iceman posted on Instagram yesterday that he was fighting for motivation. On the second day of the second PDC Super Series, he undoubtedly had it, as he rediscovered his form in Milton Keynes.
Price averaged 103 across his seven matches on the day, the sixth highest total for a Players Championship winner since the DartConnect scoring system launched in 2018 and averaged under 100 in a game just once.
A victory over Chris Dobey saw him into round two, before he trailed 5-3 to Andrew Gilding. There, he reeled off three straight legs to see himself into the last 32 and did not look back.
Comfortably victories over Rowby-John Rodriguez, Scott Mitchell (the only game he averaged less than 100) and Michael Smith saw him into a semi final against yesterday’s winner, Brendan Dolan.
There, he had to battle across 13 legs before ending Dolan's dreams of claiming back-to-back Players Championship wins in a high-quality contes. Price survived a missed dart at the bullseye from Tuesday's champion before taking the deciding leg in 14 darts to avenge a defeat to the Northern Irishman 24 hours earlier giving echoes of their epic match at the World Championships last Christmas.
Price faced Humphries in the final, who overcame some top-class players on the way to his first floor final. Kicking off the day with triumph over Raymond van Barneveld, he then came through Ian White, Gordon Mathers, Peter Wright, Dirk van Duijvenbode, before winning a last leg decider against Jamie Hughes to reach the showpiece match.
Both broke each other’s throw twice, and held once, as the early exchanges saw the final level at 3-3. However, in the middle legs, the World Number One showed his class. Two 13 darters, a 14 and a 15 darter saw him take a commanding 7-3 lead, while Cool Hand Luke did not get a dart at a double.
Humphries though delivered a 13 darter to get the game back to 7-4, followed by a fantastic 126 for a 12 darter to extend the match at 7-5. However, his scoring deserted him in the 13th leg, and Price set up match darts with a spectacular 174 to leave 20. He eventually cleaned it up on the third dart, giving The Iceman his first PDC Super Series title of 2021.
Gerwyn Price being number one comes with a target
Price, who become World Champion in January, has finally got his first title since that moment, and admitted in the post-game interview that he is "enjoying" his darts at the moment.
"I'm enjoying darts and playing well," admitted Price to PDC’s Dan Dawson. "Every game I play is really tough because everyone's raising their game against me.”
"It brings the best out of me and it's another win for me, so hopefully I can push on from here and pick up a couple more.”
"I've been playing pretty decent - sometimes I miss a couple of doubles, if you give people chances, they're going to take them and Dolan did exactly that yesterday.”
"Obviously, everyone's out to beat you and I've got a big target on my back, but it's nice to get another win under my belt. I'm playing well but people are playing well against me as well."
What else happened on day two of the PDC Super Series?
Humphries' run to the final supported his recent appearance in the Ladbrokes UK Open final ten days ago, as he narrowly missed out in his second senior ranking final.
The former World Youth Champion beat former World Champions Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright as well as Ian White, Gordon Mathers and World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode, before pinning a 122-bull finish in the deciding leg of his semi-final with Jamie Hughes.
Dolan, following on from his victory in Players Championship 5 yesterday, produced another excellent display today. His victories over Alan Soutar, Joe Cullen and James Wade helped him to the semi-finals, where he was knocked out by Price avenging the previous days result.
Jamie Hughes delivered his best day since returning from elbow surgery by also making the last four. He beat Mensur Suljovic and Mervyn King en route to a last leg defeat by Humphries.
Both Yozza and Cool Hand Luke have put themselves right in contention for a World Matchplay qualification spot.
Ryan Searle overtook Stephen Bunting to get the final provisional place thanks to going a round further than the Bunting however there is just £250 between them.
Niels Zonneveld, who won his Tour Card back at Q-School also produced his best day of the year so far. The Dutch youngster made a quarter final, beating Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall before Hughes knocked him out.
Dirk van Duijvenbode continues to impress, with his second straight quarter final appearance but he once again ran out of steam, losing to Humphries after producing some excellent stuff to make the last eight.
Finally, it was the first day of Pro Tour action where no one hit a nine darter. It ends the streak of five straight Players Championship events where there’s been one.
Players Championship 6 results
Brendan Dolan 6-3 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Michael Smith
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Luke Humphries 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Brendan Dolan
Luke Humphries 7-6 Jamie Hughes
Gerwyn Price 8-5 Luke Humphries