Gerwyn Price admits having the crowd on his side will make “a nice change” as he aims to mark his…
Gerwyn Price admits having the crowd on his side will make “a nice change” as he aims to mark his Premier League Darts homecoming with victory in Cardiff.
Price may have become accustomed to the pantomime boos, but for one night only will see the tables turned as he looks to put his first win on the board at the expense of a struggling Daryl Gurney.
The back-to-back Grand Slam champion has drawn his opening two matches and has been left to rue costly missed chances in both matches, a similar tale to that which ultimately cost him a place in the play-offs last season.
Price, who hit a roof-raising 170 checkout in an 8-5 victory over Michael Smith in Cardiff last year, is relishing his return to the Welsh capital.
“Of course, Cardiff is the first date I looked for when the Premier League fixtures came out,” said Price.
“I love playing in front of a Welsh crowd, there’s nowhere better for me to play.
“It makes a nice change having the crowd on my side and I hope to thrive in that atmosphere as I did last year.
“It was an amazing feeling hitting a 170 finish and winning in front of my home crowd last year. I would love to experience that feeling again.
“I’ve made an okay start to the Premier League this year. I felt like I threw away a win on Night One, but on Night Two I probably pinched a point.
“Last year I probably drew too many games so this year I need to make sure I turn a few draws into wins and hopefully I will be in the top four mix come the end of the campaign.”
Price was involved in an explosive 7-7 draw with Gurney in Sheffield last season which saw the pair exchange words on the oche, but the hatchet has long since been buried between the two players.
Gurney has made a nightmare start to the season on both floor and stage, suffering back-to-back Premier League defeats and failing to progress beyond the Last 64 stage in any of the four Players Championships.
Gurney has averaged just 91 and 93 in his opening two matches and knows he requires a marked improvement if he is to silence a sell-out crowd in his opponent’s back yard.