Gerwyn Price is having a sensational week at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool as he looks to win his maiden World Matchplay crown to add to his already impressive major title haul.
Not only has he reached the final in incredible form, but after Peter Wright’s earlier exit to Dimitri Van den Bergh in the quarter finals, the Iceman is back to the summit of the world rankings.
Although, the world number one would much rather have the Matchplay trophy in his cabinet rather than the world number one tag. He has the small task of Michael van Gerwen standing in his way of the title, with the Dutchman looking for his hat-trick of World Matchplay crowns after victories in 2015 and 2016.
The former world champion has been entertaining fans all week with back-to-back ton plus averages in the quarter final and semi-final as he edged out Jose de Sousa and then in dispatching Danny Noppert.
Any fan lucky enough to be in the Winter Gardens on semi-final Saturday was not only treated to two epic showdowns, but the Iceman ensured they got their money’s worth.
On his way to a 102.37 winning average, the former world champion hit perfection, treating all those in attendance to a nine-darter in the 13th leg, unlucky for some, but not Price!
After hitting back-to-back maximums, he opted for the conventional route for the 141, ending on double 12. However, instead of going for the treble 20 first he went for the treble 19 to leave himself on 84.
It’s smart thinking from Price as it means he’s already at the top of the board for the switch to the double instead of dropping from top to bottom, to go back up again.
It was the first perfect leg on the iconic stage in Blackpool since 2018. The Iceman is no stranger to perfection this season either, it’s his fourth televised nine-darter which included two in one night in Ireland during the Premier League, simply sensational stuff.
All darts fans will tell you how special it is to be there in the flesh to see a nine-darter and enjoy the euphoria that goes with it.
Thankfully for us unfortunate souls who weren’t lucky enough to have been there and witnessed the magic live, footage was captured from the point of view of the spectators, giving us a taste of the scenes at the Winter Gardens.
Former world champion Mark Webster was on commentary and remarked: “The crowd has gone absolutely berserk!”