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New Zealand Darts Masters 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

Gerwyn Price claims New Zealand Darts Masters glory

Jamie Shaw in New Zealand Darts Masters 27 Aug 2022
Price claims glory in Hamilton (Photo by Photosport/PDC)

Gerwyn Price secured his first World Series tour title at the 2022 New Zealand Darts Masters courtesy of a comeback win over Jonny Clayton in the final in Hamilton.

Price reeled off six consecutive legs from 4-2 down to deny his Welsh compatriot and claim the £20,000 title to round off the PDC’s Oceanic triple-header.

The world number one was denied glory by Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Queensland Masters a fortnight ago, but made amends to sign off in style in New Zealand.

Clayton was bidding to make it back-to-back World Series titles following his triumph in Wollongong last weekend, and he started strongly with an 11-dart hold in leg four sparking a sequence of three straight legs.

However, Price pinned double five to stop the rot in a crucial seventh leg, and he was indebted to the same target moments later, closing out a 12-dart break to restore parity at four apiece.

The 2021 World Champion continued his charge with legs of 15, 14 and 15 darts to move 7-4 ahead, and after Clayton fluffed his lines on the outer ring, Price converted a 92 finish on double 12 to complete the comeback.

“It feels fantastic,” said Price. “Fair play to Jonny. I think he upped his game in the final, but thankfully I improved after the break and showed why I’m world number one.

“I think I was quite fortunate to win the last leg before the break, and I knew if I upped my scoring game I would have a chance.

“The crowd were absolutely awesome. They supported both of us tonight and they were magnificent.”

Price began Saturday’s action with a commanding 6-2 win over James Wade, avenging his defeat against the left-hander in last weekend’s New South Wales Masters Semi-Finals.

The Welshman then produced an impressive display to oust top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Last Four, winning six out of the last seven legs to complete a 7-4 win.

Clayton was unable to secure his second successive World Series victory, but he dumped out defending champion Van Gerwen in a heavyweight Quarter-Final tussle.

The former Premier League champion averaged 98 and landed two ton-plus checkouts to record a convincing 6-3 win over MVG – who trailed 5-1 at one stage.

The 47-year-old then stormed into Saturday’s showpiece with a battling 7-5 win over Michael Smith, producing a classy display of combination finishing to defeat the St Helens star for the second successive event.

“Gezzy is lucky I missed those three darts at double 18,” joked Clayton.

“Fair play to Gerwyn. He came out of the blocks after the break and I can have no complaints. He was fantastic.

“I have loved every second of my time in New Zealand. We had two Welshmen in the final, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Van den Bergh edged out Joe Cullen in a gripping last-leg shoot-out to reach his first Semi-Final in the Oceanic treble-header, while Smith was in merciless mood in the Quarter-Finals, whitewashing 22-year-old home favourite Kayden Milne, who had dumped out Fallon Sherrock on his big stage bow on Friday.

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New Zealand Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Results

Saturday August 27

8am-12.30pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-5 Joe Cullen
James Wade 2-6 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 3-6 Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith 6-0 Kayden Milne

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 7-4 Dimitri van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 7-5 Michael Smith

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-4 Jonny Clayton

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