Gerwyn Price produced a sensational comeback from 6-2 down to defeat Damon Heta 8-7 and seal the Players Championship 21…
Gerwyn Price produced a sensational comeback from 6-2 down to defeat Damon Heta 8-7 and seal the Players Championship 21 title in Barnsley.
The world number one dug deep to deny Heta a second PDC ranking title in a high quality final, averaging 107.8 as he clinched his 20th PDC tournament win.
Price averaged above 100 in five of his seven victories throughout the day at the Barnsley Metrodome as he ended a five-month wait for a ranking title.
The reigning World Champion set his stall out with a 104 average in a 6-3 win over William O’Connor and replicated that standard in thrashing Germany’s Lukas Wenig 6-1.
Price then averaged 106 in seeing off Martin Schindler 6-4 before overcoming Luke Humphries 6-2 in the Last 16 with his lowest average of the day (93.3).
Callan Rydz was left to rue one missed match dart in the Quarter-Finals as Price came from 5-2 down to snatch a 6-5 victory before powering past Ian White 7-3 with a staggering 112.5 average in the Last Four.
It was Heta who made all the early running in the final as he raced into a 4-0 lead with an 89 checkout on the bullseye along the way.
Price got off the mark in leg five, but Heta maintained a healthy four-leg cushion until 6-2 before Price launched his fightback.
The Welshman secured back-to-back legs before firing in a 144 checkout to trail by one, but one missed dart at tops in the following leg allowed Heta to move one away from the winning line at 7-5.
An 11-darter on double ten followed by a 92 checkout in leg 14 saw Price force a decider, and he took advantage on throw with a maximum before landing tops for a 13-darter to seal the deal.
“It was frustrating early on, I missed a couple of doubles, I was kicking myself,” admitted Price.
“It was a new set of darts for me today which is a bit unusual, but I played well most of the day.
“I knew if I hit my A game I could get back into it, it’s just frustrating when you know how well you can play or have been playing and it just deserts you a bit.
“At 4-0 down, I never gave up, I knew if I get it back so that it’s level game then I’ll put him under it, and I did.
“Everyone wants to win tournaments, it took some good performances to beat me – that’s the standard of darts thesedays – but I’m back in the winner’s circle and it takes something special to beat me or someone just going really slow.”
Heta was appearing in his fourth Players Championship final and enjoyed impressive wins over the likes of Scott Waites, Max Hopp, Ritchie Edhouse and Krzysztof Ratajski.
White produced a resurgent run to his first ProTour Semi-Final since February, while Welsh ace Lewis Williams reached his first PDC Quarter-Final.
The 19-year-old defeated his regular practice partner Nathan Aspinall in Round Two and also dispatched Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa along the way.
Michael van Gerwen’s wait for a first title of the season goes on after he went down 6-5 to Daryl Gurney in the Last 32 despite an incredible 112.5 average.
Gurney was then denied by the same scoreline by Rob Cross in the Last 16 with a losing average of 105.2.
World Matchplay champion Peter Wright saw his winning run ended by James Wilson in the Second Round despite an average of 107.
The highest average of the day went to Keegan Brown as he registered a magnificent 115.24 in his 6-2 win over Dirk van Duijvenbode in the opening round.
The 128-player field returns to action on Tuesday for Players Championship 22 from midday UK time.
Players Championship 21 Results
Monday August 2
José de Sousa 6-1 Lisa Ashton
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Martin Lukeman
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Steve Lennon 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Keane Barry
Lewis Williams 6-2 Jason Lowe
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Gordon Mathers 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Peter Jacques
David Evans 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Ian White 6-5 Geert Nentjes
Jason Heaver 6-3 Michael Rasztovits
Devon Petersen 6-4 Chas Barstow
Wayne Jones 6-4 Alan Tabern
Niels Zonneveld 6-2 Ryan Searle
John Henderson 6-5 Alan Soutar
Gerwyn Price 6-3 William O’Connor
Lukas Wenig 6-3 Harald Leitinger
Chris Dobey 6-2 John Michael
Martin Schindler 6-4 John Brown
Keegan Brown 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Andy Boulton 6-4 Berry van Peer
Luke Humphries 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Kevin McDine
Peter Wright 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
James Wilson 6-0 Eddie Lovely
Callan Rydz 6-3 Danny Baggish
William Borland 6-3 Andy Hamilton
James Wade 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Mike De Decker 6-5 Boris Koltsov
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Justin Pipe
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Steve Beaton
Joe Cullen 6-0 Ryan Meikle
Ted Evetts 6-5 Daniel Larsson
Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Steve Brown
Jack Main 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Ross Smith 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
Joe Murnan 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Kevin Doets 6-3 Gary Blades
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Max Hopp 6-3 Jake Jones
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Sean Fisher
Steve West 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Damon Heta 6-2 Ryan Murray
Luc Peters 6-5 Martin Thomas
Vincent van der Voort 6-0 Ciaran Teehan
Scott Waites 6-3 Adam Gawlas
Michael Smith 6-3 Glen Durrant
Jon Worsley 6-0 Matt Jackson
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Adam Hunt
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Ricky Evans
Luke Woodhouse 6-2 Zoran Lerchbacher
Florian Hempel 6-4 Mervyn King
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-1 Peter Hudson
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Jim McEwan
Jesus Noguera 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Josh Payne
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Nick Kenny
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Danny Noppert
Darren Webster 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Rob Cross 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Martin Atkins 6-4 Shane McGuirk
José de Sousa 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
Darius Labanauskas 6-1 Steve Lennon
Lewis Williams 6-1 Nathan Aspinall
Gordon Mathers 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Brendan Dolan 6-1 David Evans
Ian White 6-2 Jason Heaver
Devon Petersen 6-5 Wayne Jones
John Henderson 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Lukas Wenig
Martin Schindler 6-5 Chris Dobey
Keegan Brown 6-4 Andy Boulton
Luke Humphries 6-3 Andrew Gilding
James Wilson 6-5 Peter Wright
Callan Rydz 6-3 William Borland
Mike De Decker 6-5 James Wade
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Kai Fan Leung
Joe Cullen 6-2 Ted Evetts
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Jack Main
Ross Smith 6-3 Joe Murnan
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Kevin Doets
Max Hopp 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Steve West
Damon Heta 6-3 Luc Peters
Scott Waites 6- 3 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 6-1 Jon Worsley
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Luke Woodhouse
Florian Hempel 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jesus Noguera
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Darren Webster 6-4 Bradley Brooks
Rob Cross 6-2 Martin Atkins
José de Sousa 6-2 Darius Labanauskas
Lewis Williams 6-3 Gordon Mathers
Ian White 6-5 Brendan Dolan
John Henderson 6-3 Devon Petersen
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Martin Schindler
Luke Humphries 6-5 Keegan Brown
Callan Rydz 6-2 James Wilson
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Mike De Decker
Joe Cullen 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Ross Smith
Max Hopp 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Damon Heta 6-2 Scott Waites
Michael Smith 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Florian Hempel
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 6-2 Darren Webster
Lewis Williams 6-4 José de Sousa
Ian White 6-4 John Henderson
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Luke Humphries
Callan Rydz 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Joe Cullen
Damon Heta 6-3 Max Hopp
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Ian White 6-5 Lewis Williams
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Callan Rydz
Damon Heta 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Ian White
Damon Heta 7-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Gerwyn Price 8-7 Damon Heta