World number one and two collide as Gerwyn Price takes on Peter Wright in the final of the 2021 Grand…
World number one and two collide as Gerwyn Price takes on Peter Wright in the final of the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday night.
A repeat of the 2019 final sees Wright vying for revenge over his Welsh nemesis as they lock horns in a bid to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy.
Price has reigned supreme on both of his previous appearances at the Aldersley Leisure Village and is looking to maintain his prolific record at this venue.
The world number one finished top of Group A on legs difference despite losing his final fixture, and held off a tricky test from World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks in the Last 16 to edge through 10-8.
Price then gained revenge over his 2020 Welsh World Cup winning team-mate Jonny Clayton with a thrilling 16-12 success in the Quarter-Finals, before thrashing three-time finalist James Wade 16-9 with a 102.5 average in the Semi-Finals earlier this afternoon.
Runner-up in last month’s World Grand Prix, ‘The Ice Man’ has won four of his nine previous major ranking finals dating back to the 2017 UK Open – where he was beaten by Wright.
Grand Slam runner-up in 2017 and 2019, Wright had been far below his brilliant best prior to the Quarter-Finals, but returned to form in an epic battle with Fallon Sherrock on Saturday, averaging 100.3 in a 16-13 success with fourteen maximums along the way.
Appearing in his fourth Grand Slam Semi-Final since 2016, ‘Snakebite’ recovered from 12-8 down with a blistering run of eight consecutive legs to prevail 16-8 over Michael Smith in the Semi-Finals, landing 15 maximums and averaging 100.7.
The 51-year-old is into his 16th major final and has won each of his last four, including the 2020 World Championship – in which he defeated Price in the Semi-Finals.
Wright has the better of the overall head-to-heads between the pair with 18 wins to Price’s eight since 2014.
The final gets under way from 7pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 31 legs.
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