‘I felt like I couldn’t miss!’: Gerwyn Price hits TWO nine-dart checkouts en route to victory over James Wade to move up to second in the Cazoo Premier League in Belfast
- World No 1 Gerwyn Price hit two nine-dart finishes in Belfast on Thursday
- The Welshman took on James Wade in the Cazoo Premier League night 3 final
- In a tense final, Price’s accuracy prevailed as he clinched a 6-4 victory
- He moves within a point of Premier League leader Jonny Clayton in the standings
World No 1 Gerywn Price lit up Belfast with two stunning nine-dart checkouts en route to victory on night three of the Cazoo Premier League.
The 36-year-old produced a flawless leg in his absorbing 6-5 semi-final success over five-time champion Michael Van Gerwen before repeating the feat in defeating James Wade 6-4 in a tense final.
Wade threatened to steal the spoils but was left to rue a couple of costly mistakes as Price moved up to second in the table, a point behind defending champion Jonny Clayton.
World No 1 Gerwyn Price hit two nine-dart finishes in a sensational night of darts in Belfast
‘Tonight I felt like I couldn’t miss,’ Price, who averaged 107.58 across the evening, told Sky Sports.
‘Michael played really well against me; that’s the best game me and James have ever had, so I’m just thankful I’m on the right end of these games.
‘I’m playing well, I’m feeling good in myself and I think it’s part and parcel to do with me being back in the gym and looking after myself.
The Welshman saw off James Wade in their Cazoo Premier League clash on Thursday night
‘I’m back to almost my best – well, I think I might be there.’
Earlier on Thursday, Price announced plans to make his boxing debut later this year.
The Welshman, who played professional rugby union and league before turning his attention to the oche, left little doubt about his prowess in his current sport.
He began a fine evening’s work by avenging last month’s World Championship quarter-final exit at the hands of Michael Smith with a 6-3 success.
Price’s victory sees him move within one point of league leader and champion Jonny Clayton
Price had fired his maiden nine-darter of 2022 during the New Year’s Day defeat to Smith and, roared on by the support of a passionate Northern Irish crowd, he went on to twice replicate that achievement at the Odyssey Complex.
Runner-up Wade reached the last two by beating night two winner Clayton 6-3 and then seeing off night one winner Peter Wright 6-4 before ultimately falling short.
Wright had overcome fellow Scotsman Gary Anderson 6-4 at the quarter-final stage, while Dutchman Van Gerwen began with a 6-3 success over Joe Cullen.
Night four of the competition takes place on March 3 in Exeter.