Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson will collide in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship final after overcoming Stephen Bunting and Dave…
Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson will collide in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship final after overcoming Stephen Bunting and Dave Chisnall in their respective Semi-Final ties.
Price and Anderson will renew their fierce rivalry in the sport’s richest and most prestigious match as they vie for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £500,000 first prize at Alexandra Palace.
Price won through to his first William Hill World Championship final after recovering from 3-1 down to defeat Stephen Bunting 6-4 in a thrilling encounter.
The duo served up thirteen ton-plus checkouts between them to set a new PDC World Championship record, but it was Price who battled back to become the first Welshman to reach a PDC World Final.
The world number three landed fifteen 180s and averaged 101 to see off a gutsy Bunting – who hit 11 maximums and a doubles success rate of 53 percent.
World Grand Prix champion Price, who has come through two sudden-death legs en route to the final, dug deep to remain in contention for the sport’s ultimate prize.
“That’s the best I’ve played in this tournament and I needed to. I’m here to win this and I’m in the final so I’ve got every chance now,” said Price, who will replace Michael van Gerwen as world number one if he claims the title.
“Stephen played really well and he punished me whenever I slipped up. There were a couple of sets where I was 2-0 up and he came back. He gave me a really good battle.
“I’m full of confidence after that game. I definitely improved for this match but there is a lot more in the tank.
“I always seem to find that bit of extra edge when I need to and I know I have got what it takes to win the final.”
Bunting landed checkouts of 120 and 117 in the opening set but could not prevent Price, who finished 109, taking the lead by edging a deciding fifth leg.
A brilliant 140 finish put the Welsh ace 2-0 up in the second set but Bunting bounced back, claiming the next three legs to level the tie.
A superb 12-darter saw the Merseyside man win the decider in set three to move in front, before firing in a sublime 136 checkout in the fourth.
Price replied by cleaning up 131 – only for Bunting to win the following two legs as he opened up a two-set lead.
Price won nine of the next 11 legs to draw level and move two legs up in set seven, but a 118 checkout from Bunting completed another three-leg burst as he regained the edge at 4-3.
Two 12-darters and a 13-dart leg saw Price clinch the eighth set 3-1, before the game’s record-surpassing 12th ton-plus finish, 112, helped the world number three take set nine in straight legs.
Price added another big finish in what proved to be the final set, taking out 103 to level before going on to seal the match on tops.
Two-time World Champion Anderson progressed to the final at Ally Pally for the fifth time after a 6-3 success over Chisnall – who could not repeat the heroics of his Quarter-Final whitewash win over MVG 24 hours earlier.
The Scottish star averaged over 100 and rattled in thirteen 180s to set up the clash with Price, where victory would see him return to the top four on the PDC Order of Merit.
“I’ve come here with no expectations whatsoever but I’ve managed to make it through to the final so it can’t be bad,” said Anderson, who also reached the World Matchplay final in July.
“It didn’t feel like a great game so I was surprised to see that I averaged over 100. It didn’t feel like that.
“I feel like I’ve played alright for most of this tournament and I’ll give it a good go in the final.
“I think I need to play better against Gerwyn but I’ll just play my darts and he’ll play his. I’ll be quiet and he’ll be loud and we’ll see how it goes.”
Anderson edged the first set 3-2 with the aid of a 124 checkout, but Chisnall replied with the tournament’s sixth 170 finish before taking set two by the same margin.
All five legs were also played in the third set, which Anderson claimed with an 84 finish before extending his lead by taking the fourth 3-1.
Chisnall hit back with a 124 checkout of his own on the way to reducing his opponent’s lead to a single set, only for Anderson to restore a two-set cushion by winning the sixth set in five legs.
World number eight Chisnall cut Anderson’s advantage to 4-3 but the Scot then reeled off six unanswered legs to move into Sunday’s final.
Sunday’s final will be a repeat of the infamous 2018 Grand Slam of Darts final between Price and Anderson, which ‘The Ice Man’ won 16-13 in one of the most controversial matches ever contested.
William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Results
Saturday January 2
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall 3-6 Gary Anderson