PDC Order of Merit following the 2021 World Grand Prix

Jonny Clayton has climbed to a career-high seventh in the PDC Order of Merit after his memorable triumph at the World Grand Prix.

Clayton, who won the Masters and Premier League titles earlier this year, secured his first PDC major ranking title at the double-start event in Leicester with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Gerwyn Price in the final.

The £110,000 top prize sees Welsh star Clayton surge seven places to seventh in the updated PDC Order of Merit, having started the year ranked outside the world’s top 16.

Price, who fell short of retaining the Grand Prix crown, remains the runaway leader at the top of the rankings ahead of Peter Wright – who is defending £500,000 in prize money at Ally Pally this year.

Michael van Gerwen remains world number three despite a shock First Round exit to Danny Noppert in Leicester last week, with Noppert rising to 22nd after his run to the Semi-Finals.

Dave Chisnall, who finished runner-up in the 2019 World Grand Prix, has dropped two places to tenth after a Quarter-Final defeat to Price, while Daryl Gurney is back into the world’s top 16 despite a First Round exit at the hands of Stephen Bunting.

Bunting, who enjoyed a fine run to the Semi-Finals, climbs one place to 15th, while Dirk van Duijvenbode is up two spots to 19th despite suffering another First Round exit.

Luke Humphries, the man responsible for knocking out Van Duijvenbode in Leicester, continues his rapid rise, climbing three places to a career-high 23rd.

Ryan Searle, who reached the Quarter-Finals, is also up three places to 27th, with Ross Smith climbing three places to 35th.

Meanwhile, Glen Durrant’s rapid descent continues as he drops five places to 20th following a First Round exit to Jose De Sousa with an average of just 58.

Chris Dobey reached the Semi-Finals in Dublin two years ago, but his failure to qualify this time around has seen him spiral seven places to 30th.

Martijn Kleermaker, who was beaten in Round One by Mervyn King on his Grand Prix debut, climbs six places to 50th, while Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas moves up two places to 38th after reaching the Last 16.

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PDC Order of Merit following the World Grand Prix

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Gerwyn Price £1,342,000
2 Peter Wright £1,102,500
3 Michael van Gerwen £862,000
4 James Wade £452,000
5 Dimitri Van den Bergh £444,750
6 Gary Anderson £422,500
7 Jonny Clayton £368,750
8 Jose de Sousa £363,000
9 Michael Smith £352,500
10 Dave Chisnall £326,250
11 Nathan Aspinall £319,250
12 Rob Cross £305,750
13 Krzysztof Ratajski £303,000
14 Joe Cullen £267,000
15 Stephen Bunting £259,750
16 Daryl Gurney £238,750
17 Ian White £233,000
18 Simon Whitlock £225,750
19 Dirk van Duijvenbode £223,000
20 Glen Durrant £221,500
21 Mervyn King £218,500
22 Danny Noppert £214,000
23 Luke Humphries £197,500
24 Gabriel Clemens £196,000
25 Devon Petersen £189,500
26 Brendan Dolan £186,750
27 Ryan Searle £176,250
28 Vincent van der Voort £173,250
29 Mensur Suljovic £168,000
30 Chris Dobey £167,500
31 Adrian Lewis £145,250
32 Jeffrey de Zwaan £141,250
33 Jermaine Wattimena £133,000
34 Ricky Evans £130,500
35 Ross Smith £127,750
36 Jamie Hughes £126,750
37 Damon Heta £125,000
38 Darius Labanauskas £125,000
39 Kim Huybrechts £118,000
40 William O’Connor £114,750
41 Callan Rydz £98,750
42 Ryan Joyce £98,000
43 Steve Beaton £96,500
44 Luke Woodhouse £80,000
45 Keegan Brown £79,500
46 Max Hopp £78,500
47 John Henderson £76,750
48 Steve Lennon £75,500
49 Steve West £75,000
50 Martijn Kleermaker £66,500
51 Ron Meulenkamp £65,000
52 Adam Hunt £64,000
53 Darren Webster £63,500
54 Madars Razma £63,250
55 Andy Boulton £61,000
56 Jason Lowe £61,000
57 Mickey Mansell £51,250
58 Maik Kuivenhoven £50,000
59 Jelle Klaasen £48,250
60 Justin Pipe £46,500
61 Jeff Smith £45,000
62 Matthew Edgar £44,000
63 Scott Waites £44,000
64 Ryan Murray £37,750
65 Josh Payne £37,500
66 Ted Evetts £36,750
67 Karel Sedlacek £36,500
68 Wayne Jones £33,500
69 Andy Hamilton £32,000
70 Boris Krcmar £31,500
71 James Wilson £29,500
72 Mike De Decker £29,500
73 Ryan Meikle £29,000
74 Derk Telnekes £29,000
75 Nick Kenny £28,500
76 William Borland £28,000
77 Mark McGeeney £26,000
78 Alan Soutar £25,250
79 Bradley Brooks £23,500
80 Raymond van Barneveld £22,500
81 Scott Mitchell £22,000
82 Lisa Ashton £22,000
83 Martin Schindler £21,000
84 Cristo Reyes £21,000
85 Ciaran Teehan £20,000
86 Alan Tabern £19,250
87 Kai Fan Leung £19,000
88 Peter Jacques £18,500
89 Krzysztof Kciuk £18,250
90 Rowby-John Rodriguez £16,500
91 Ritchie Edhouse £15,750
92 Jesus Noguera £15,750
93 Keane Barry £13,750
94 Martin Atkins £13,500
95 Chas Barstow £13,500
96 Steve Brown £13,500
97 Lewis Williams £13,250
98 Joe Murnan £12,500
99 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £12,500
100 Daniel Larsson £12,500
101 Gordon Mathers £10,000
102 Eddie Lovely £10,000
103 Jason Heaver £10,000
104 Aaron Beeney £10,000
105 Niels Zonneveld £9,250
106 Kevin Doets £9,000
107 Florian Hempel £8,500
108 Geert De Vos £8,500
109 Gary Blades £8,500
110 Martin Lukeman £8,000
111 Robert Thornton £8,000
112 John Brown £8,000
113 Luc Peters £7,500
114 Adam Gawlas £7,000
115 Geert Nentjes £7,000
116 Boris Koltsov £7,000
117 John Michael £6,750
118 Zoran Lerchbacher £6,000
119 Andrew Gilding £6,000
120 Jon Worsley £5,500
121 Jack Main £5,500
122 Steffen Siepmann £5,500
123 Harald Leitinger £5,000
124 David Evans £5,000
125 Berry van Peer £5,000
126 Martin Thomas £4,500
127 Peter Hudson £4,500
128 Kirk Shepherd £4,500
129 Danny Baggish £4,000
130 Michael Rasztovits £4,000
131 Gino Vos £4,000
132 Darren Penhall £4,000
133 Wesley Harms £4,000
134 Jake Jones £3,500
135 Jose Justicia £3,500
136 Adam Smith-Neale £3,000
137 Jim McEwan £3,000
138 Christian Kist £3,000
139 Kevin McDine £2,500
140 Sean Fisher £2,500
141 Lukas Wenig £2,500
142 Sebastian Bialecki £2,500
143 Andreas Harrysson £2,000
144 Kenny Neyens £2,000
145 Richard Veenstra £2,000
146 Ryan de Vreede £2,000
147 Benito van de Pas £2,000
148 Vincent van der Meer £2,000
149 Craig Galliano £1,000
150 Dyson Parody £1,000
151 Justin Broton £1,000
152 Justin Hewitt £1,000
153 Patrik Kovacs £1,000
154 Gabor Jagicza £1,000
155 Janos Vegso £1,000
156 Johan Engstrom £1,000
157 Jozsef Rucska £1,000
158 Peter Strbik £1,000
159 Thomas Lovely £1,000
160 Shane McGuirk £1,000
161 Lorenzo Pronk £1,000
162 Pero Ljubic £1,000
163 Robert Marijanovic £1,000
164 Mike Warburton £1,000
165 Gavin Carlin £1,000
166 Brett Claydon £1,000
167 Jim Williams £1,000
168 Rhys Griffin £1,000
169 Scott Taylor £1,000
170 Michael Unterbuchner £1,000
171 Davy Proosten £500
172 Patrick van den Boogaard £500
173 Michal Smejda £500
174 Scott Williams £500

Clayton claims first major ranking title at the Boylesports World Grand Prix

Jonny Clayton secured his first PDC major ranking title at the 2021 World Grand Prix with an emphatic 5-1 victory over compatriot Gerwyn Price in the final.

Welsh wonder Clayton claimed the £110,000 top prize in Leicester and a first televised ranking title by shattering Price’s hopes of retaining the double-start title with one of the best performances of his career to date.

Clayton – who partnered Price to World Cup glory in 2020 and has since won The Masters and the Premier League – finished 170, 164, 152 and 110 before sealing glory with a 116 checkout.

He also started with 63% of his darts at a double – compared to Price’s 40% on the night – and averaged 94 for both the final and the tournament as he impressively scooped the title.

“It’s what dreams are made of,” admitted Clayton, who now moves up to seventh on the PDC Order of Merit.

“We all play to win a big major, it’s my first ranked major and I’m over the moon, chuffed to bits. It’s been a long week, but to play the world number one and beat him is fantastic.

“I’m lost for words. To win this and play really, really well is a tick in my box and I’m going to smile for a couple of weeks!

“I came out of the blocks quicker than Gezzy. The respect I’ve got for Gerwyn is second to none, he’s a fantastic player and a fantastic guy, and the crowd tonight let us play. We both enjoyed it.

“He’s smashed me the last six or seven times so it’s nice to have one back on him. My starting was fantastic, so I think I kept my pressure onto Gezzy and that was the difference.”

Price kicked off the final with an opening score of 160 and won the first leg with a 14-darter, but could do little to prevent Clayton winning the next three – including a 12-dart leg – to snatch the opening set.

A fine second set saw Clayton move 2-0 up before Price followed an 11-darter with double ten to level, only for the Pontyberem ace to take the decider in 14 darts.

The third set saw the standard rise again, with Price once more winning the opener only to see Clayton take out 170 and 164 for sensational back-to-back 12-darters as he moved 2-0 up.

Price finished 72 to level, but the deciding leg once again went the way of Clayton as a 13-darter gave him a huge three-set lead.

Clayton also opened up a 2-0 cushion in set four, but Price finished double ten in the next two to level and capitalised on a missed bull from his opponent to steal the set on tops and pull back to 3-1 in the game.

Clayton capitalised when Price missed his opening three darts at a double in the first two legs of the fifth set, as double eight and a 12-darter pushed him ahead.

Four missed finishing doubles from Clayton allowed Price to take the third leg, but a 110 checkout gave the Premier League champion a fourth set.

Clayton broke in the opening leg of set six, and took out a sensational 152 checkout – after also opening with a 152 score in his second visit of the leg – to move 2-0 up and to the brink of glory.

Price finished 102 to hit back in leg three, but Clayton quickly ended any hopes of a fightback as a fifth ton-plus checkout of the final, with a 116 combination, completed a glorious win.

“He was too strong for me today,” admitted Price. “He didn’t miss a double early on to get off, I missed a couple but he was phenomenal.

“I did have a chance but I didn’t take them a couple of times and he was winning the big moments. He was starting off a lot better than me.

“Apart from the first game that’s the best I’ve played in the tournament and that’s a testament to Jonny. He was by far the better player on the night, but I’ll get him next time.

“I had a great final and I appreciate the crowd for letting us play.”

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Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Result

Saturday October 9

Final

Jonny Clayton 5-1 Gerwyn Price
[Set Scores: 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 2-3, 3-1, 3-1]

Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton live stream | World Grand Prix final preview – Welsh duo vie for title

Welsh stars Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton go head-to-head for the right to be crowned 2021 World Grand Prix champion in Leicester on Saturday.

Close friends become enemies on the oche as the World Cup team-mates collide in a bid to claim the £110,000 top prize at the Morningside Arena.

Price is out to become only the third player in the 23-year history of the tournament, behind Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen, to successfully retain the title.

Having lost in the opening round in three of his first five Boylesports World Grand Prix appearances, Price has now seemingly mastered the double-start format and has defied a torrid reception from the crowd.

The world number one, winner of back-to-back European Tour events last month, began the week by defeating Michael Smith in straight sets with a 100.8 average, before recovering from a set down to beat Mervyn King 3-1.

He then powered past Dave Chisnall 3-0 in the Last Eight, before battling back from two sets behind to reel off four in a row and defeat Stephen Bunting in Friday’s Semi-Finals.

The reigning World Champion was far below his best, but showed true grit to dig deep and turn the match on its head despite a recurring elbow problem and the majority of the crowd on his back.

Clayton had won just one match in three previous World Grand Prix appearances but has seemingly gotten to grips with the unique double-start format with a double-in and double-out rate of around 50 per cent.

The Welsh star recorded successive averages of 95 in overcoming Callan Rydz and Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa, before edging out Krzysztof Ratajski 3-2 in a tense Quarter-Final.

He then pulled off a dominant 4-1 victory over Danny Noppert in the Semi-Finals to move through to a first PDC major ranked final since the 2017 Players Championship Finals.

Clayton is aiming to add this prestigious title to his Masters and Premier League triumphs this year, and by doing so would enter the world’s top eight for the first time.

The final gets under way from 8.30pm BST and will be contested over the best of nine sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

Price vs Clayton – Player’s View:

Price: “We’re both going to have to play well to win. 

“Jonny’s played fantastic all tournament. If he plays like he has been all week then I’m going to really have to up my game.

“If I’m going to lose, I couldn’t lose to a better player.

“It’s going to be a tough game but hopefully I can play a lot better, because I need to.”

Clayton: “It’s just an awesome feeling, I’m over the moon. I came here tonight to reach the final and I’ve done it – it’s absolutely fantastic for me.

“I feel comfortable up on that stage, I’m enjoying every second and the crowd are fantastic.

“The fan’s favourite and the darts are totally different, I have to produce my best game.

“It’s not over yet, I’ve got another day to go and I’m looking forward to the final.”

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Price battles back to deny Bunting and set up Clayton clash in World Grand Prix final

Reigning World Grand Prix champion Gerwyn Price recovered from two sets down to defeat Stephen Bunting in Leicester on Friday and set up an all-Welsh final with Jonny Clayton.

World number one Price looked set to crash out at the penultimate hurdle when Bunting claimed six of the first nine legs to open up a two-set lead.

The Welshman took an extended break at the end of the second set, leaving Bunting waiting on stage, and returned to reel off four sets in a row to keep his title defence on track.

He will now face his 2020 World Cup-winning team-mate Clayton in the final, after the Premier League champion secured a 4-1 win over Danny Noppert.

“It’s probably one of the worst performances that I’ve had, that was tough,” reflected Price, who averaged 89 but finished 54% of his attempts at a finishing doubles.

“I was under a lot of pressure and the crowd were on my back. It was tough at moments up there.

“I thought I was probably going to lose that game, I wasn’t playing well, the crowd were against me, Stephen was playing brilliant early on.

“I just dug in there and found some decent darts, but nowhere near what I can play. I’m happy that I won.”

Bunting made the stronger start to the contest by winning the first two legs without reply and going on to seal the opening set 3-1 with an 80 checkout.

Price led 2-1 in the second set, but Bunting levelled and then punished the reigning champion for a miss at tops for the set to double his advantage.

Bunting also led 2-1 in set three after posting legs of 14 and 13 darts, but Price levelled the set in five visits and then took out 74 to win the decider and kick-start his comeback.

Price then finished 60, 78 and 79 as he took set four by a 3-1 margin to square the contest, and hit two 12-darters as he won the fifth set 3-2 to lead for the first time.

Missed doubles from Bunting proved costly in the sixth set’s opener, before legs of 13 and 14 darts from Price completed his gritty comeback.

Price had an extended break after the second set, admitting that he was enduring some pain in the elbow which had forced his withdrawal from the Nordic Masters last month, as well as giving himself an off-stage pep-talk.

“I had a little bit of trouble with my arm but it was fine after that,” he explained. “I was just looking at myself, I just needed an extra bit of time.

“At 2-0 down, I probably should have been one-all and I was basically down and out. I had to give myself a kick up the backside.

“I was just plodding along, trying to scrape legs and I wasn’t playing particularly well, but I just dug in there until the end and thankfully got over the winning line.

“Jonny’s played fantastic all tournament and played brilliant today. It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow but hopefully I can play a lot better than I did today, because I need to.”

Clayton had earlier booked his place in a first Boylesports World Grand Prix final by ending the run of Dutch ace Noppert in comfortable fashion.

Noppert had enjoyed a memorable week to reach the Last Four, including a win over Michael van Gerwen, but was unable to match Clayton’s clinical finishing, despite recording marginally better starting double stats.

Clayton came from a leg down to win the first set 3-1, finishing an 11-darter and a 108 checkout in the process, before Noppert traded 13-darters with the Welshman in taking the second set by the same margin.

The Premier League champion won the third set 3-1, despite a 107 finish from Noppert, and then came from two legs down to win the fourth in a deciding leg, before taking out 112 in three straight legs to take the next set and seal a spot in the final.

“It’s just an awesome feeling, I’m over the moon,” said Clayton. “I came here tonight to reach the final and I’ve done it – it’s absolutely fantastic for me.

“Danny is a fantastic player and a great guy. He was 2-0 up in the fourth set, I came back and nicked that one and I think that’s what made the difference.

“I’m looking forward to the final, let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

Price is the 4/7 favourite with title sponsors Boylesports to retain the title on Saturday night, with Clayton the 11/8 outsider going into the sell-out final in Leicester.

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Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Results

Friday October 8

Semi-Finals

Jonny Clayton 4-1 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 4-2 Stephen Bunting

Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Semi-Final preview and order of play | Final four face off

The final four battle it out at the 2021 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Friday as the Semi-Finals take centre stage in Leicester.

The annual double-start major has thrown up its fair share of drama, quality and flash points and is set for a fascinating climax at the Morningside Arena.

Two of this season’s usual suspects remain on a collision course for an all-Welsh final, but two players looking to reach their first major PDC ranking final will have other ideas.

Gerwyn Price is bidding to become only the third player in the 23-year history of the tournament to successfully retain the title, and now faces Stephen Bunting in a repeat of their World Championship Semi-Final.

Having lost in the opening round in three of his first five Boylesports World Grand Prix appearances, Price has now seemingly mastered the double-start format and is firm favourite to defend the crown.

The world number one, winner of back-to-back European Tour events last month, began by defeating Michael Smith in straight sets with a 100.8 average, before recovering from a set down to beat Mervyn King 3-1 and powering past Dave Chisnall 3-0 on Thursday.

Price overturned a 3-1 deficit to defeat Bunting 6-4 in the Semi-Finals at Ally Pally in January in an epic contest which featured 13 ton-plus finishes, while ‘The Bullet’ gained some revenge by defeating the Welshman 7-5 on his way to winning Players Championship 17 in July.

Bunting, who last made the Semi-Finals on his World Grand Prix debut in 2014, has defeated two former champions in Daryl Gurney and James Wade so far this week.

He recorded a 3-1 victory over Ryan Searle in Thursday’s Quarter-Finals but will be eyeing a marked improvement over the extended format against the sport’s current dominant force.

The opening Semi-Final sees Premier League champion Jonny Clayton take on former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert.

Clayton had won just one match in three previous Grand Prix appearances but has seemingly gotten to grips with the double-start format with a double-in rate of 50 per cent and a checkout success of 65 per cent.

The Welsh star recorded successive averages of 95 in overcoming Callan Rydz and Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa, before edging out Krzysztof Ratajski 3-2 in a tense Quarter-Final.

Noppert is appearing in his first PDC major ranking Semi-Final since the Players Championship Finals in 2018, and victory over Clayton would see him break in to the world’s top 16 for the first time.

He dispatched fellow Dutchmen Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort without dropping a set, before seeing off Ian White 3-1 with a 95.5 average.

The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with Semi-Final matches contested over the best of seven sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Day Six Schedule

Friday October 8

Semi-Finals

7.15pm Jonny Clayton v Danny Noppert
8.45pm Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting

Price slams “pathetic” crowd at the Boylesports World Grand Prix

Gerwyn Price blasted the Leicester crowd as “pathetic” after reaching the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Thursday.

Reigning champion Price swept aside Dave Chisnall in straight sets to remain on course to defend his title at the Morningside Arena, but was left furious by the reception he received from the crowd.

“There’s a lot more in the tank from me,” Price told Sky Sports. “It was a difficult game – the crowd were a bit rubbish again.

“But I won so it doesn’t matter what they do, I’ll keep winning.

“Give me an opportunity and I’ll take it.

“The crowd are absolutely pathetic but I won it.

“Sometimes the crowd are with me, sometimes they’re against me, I don’t care.

“They can boo me, do what they want but I’ll keep winning, so happy days.

Price, who declined his post-match media conference, posted on Instagram on Friday morning: ‘Happy to get the win last night against a tough opponent and a great guy. Bit gutted the way the crowd were but I dug deep and got the job done. Back on again tonight in the Semi-Final, hopefully a bit of support off the crowd.’

Chisnall defended Price in his post-match press conference, calling for the world number one to be shown more respect.

He said: “Someone shouted “come on Gezzy” and I said to him: “at least you’ve got one fan in there!”

“I know he doesn’t like it but he gives it like he does. He can take it but he gets upset about it, we can all see that.

“I disagree with it, give him respect, he’s world number one. They didn’t boo [Michael] van Gerwen when he was world number one.

“I lost to the better player tonight, my doubles were terrible.

“He’s a great lad, I’ve got nothing against him. I don’t mind it when he gives it a big roar because it spurs me on.

“I didn’t really hear that much because I was concentrating on my own game, but it must have been bad if he’s not happy.

“I probably heard it but I just didn’t take it in.

“He wasn’t special tonight and I wasn’t special, but he just knows how to win.”

Price will now face Stephen Bunting on Friday evening in a repeat of their World Championship Semi-Final.

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Clayton edges Ratajski to reach World Grand Prix Semi-Finals as Price powers through

Jonny Clayton dug deep to edge out Krzysztof Ratajski 3-2 for a place in the World Grand Prix Semi-Finals on Thursday, as Gerwyn Price, Stephen Bunting and Danny Noppert also progressed.

Clayton’s quest to win a first televised ranking title continued after he came from 2-1 down to deny Poland’s Ratajski in a tense decider.

The reigning Masters and Premier League champion maintained his clinical finishing, converting 66 per cent of his attempts at doubles.

However, he had to overcome a blip in the deciding leg of the second set – when he burst his score on 134 – before coming from 2-1 down to claim six of the final seven legs and a spot in the Semis.

Clayton began brightly by winning the opening set 3-1, and landed a 150 checkout in the second, only for Ratajski to follow finishes of 93 and 113 by capitalising on his rival’s slip-up in the decider.

The Polish star landed a 12-darter to open set three, and defied a 13-dart leg from Clayton to take the deciding leg on double eight to move 2-1 up in the tie.

Legs of 15, 13 and 15 darts gave Clayton set four, and the Welshman maintained that momentum during the final set with finishes of 47 and 69 before closing out the win on double eight.

“I got there in the end,” admitted Clayton. “I’m happy to be in the semi-finals and I’d love to win this.

“I’m playing well but I couldn’t relax. A few mistakes made it really hard but I had a class player against me.

“The pressure of these matches is immense – Krzysztof is a fantastic player and he put the pressure on me.”

Defending champion Price showed his class in the double-start format by missing just two of 14 darts to open legs against Chisnall at Leicester’s Morningside Arena.

Two-time finalist Chisnall had pushed Price all the way in the 2020 semi-finals, but could not repeat that form with his finishing doubles as 17 misses allowed the Welshman to comfortably move into the Last Four.

Price won the opening five legs without reply before Chisnall took out 118 for a 12-darter to get off the mark in the second set and then levelled on double ten.

Price, however, took the set with a key 104 checkout, and then came from a leg down to win three straight legs in the third – including a 100 finish – to wrap up a dominant display.

“There’s a lot more in the tank for me,” admitted Price. “It was a difficult game with the crowd against me but I won.

“I just want to keep winning – give me an opportunity and I’ll take it.”

Price will now face Bunting in Friday’s Semi-Finals in a repeat of their meeting at the same stage of the World Championship nine months ago, after the St Helens ace defeated Ryan Searle 3-1.

Searle pounced on six missed finishing doubles from Bunting to win the first set 3-1, only to see the 2014 semi-finalist take the second by the same scoreline.

Searle led 2-0 in set three, but Bunting took out 104 to stay in the hunt and then capitalised when his rival missed six set darts in leg four, before opening the deciding leg with a 160 score and finishing 82 in two darts to move 2-1 up in the tie.

Searle landed a 13-darter to lead in the fourth set and was also 2-1 up before Bunting took out 101 for a 12-darter to level and punished another slip-up by the Somerset ace to close out victory.

“I dug really deep there,” said Bunting. “You can’t give Ryan chances – I know how good he can be, he’s a special player and he’s going to do big things in this game.

“I feel drained after that game. I knew it was going to be tough against Ryan so I’m delighted to be through.

“Three years ago I was ready to walk away from the game and now I’m in my second TV semi-final of the year.”

“I’m playing some good darts, I need to try and get rid of the nerves because they’re creeping into my game and making it more difficult for me. You know Gerwyn’s not going to miss, so I can’t afford to.”

 

Noppert’s dream run continued with an impressive 3-1 win over Ian White in the opening Quarter-Final.

Noppert has knocked out fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort already this week in Leicester, and this time denied White a first Semi-Final in the double-start format with a sensational display on the outer ring.

Noppert opened with almost 50 percent of his darts at a starting double, and finished 11 attempts from 21 as he averaged an impressive 95.6.

The Dutchman won the opening set without reply, punishing five missed doubles to break White’s throw in leg two.

Noppert hit back from two legs down to level in the second set, but White held his nerve with an 81 finish as he squared the tie with a 12-darter.

The third set also went to a decider, after White finished a pressure 104 in the fourth leg, as Noppert regained the advantage in the tie with a fine 14-darter.

Noppert then opened the fourth set with a 116 finish for a 12-darter, and took out 86 in leg four to book his place in only a third PDC televised semi-final.

“I can’t believe I’m in the semi-finals,” admitted Noppert. “I played brilliant this game and I’m really happy with my own performance.

“My finishing is going well, this crowd is amazing. My performances are really steady this week so far, and I think this is the best I have played on stage.

“Years ago my performance was not good on stage, but now it is.”

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Thursday October 7

Quarter-Finals

Danny Noppert 3-1 Ian White
Krzysztof Ratajski 2-3 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 3-0 Dave Chisnall
Stephen Bunting 3-1 Ryan Searle

Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Day Five preview and order of play | Final eight face off in Leicester

The 2021 Boylesports World Grand Prix enters the Quarter-Final stage in Leicester on Thursday with the reigning champion and a host of in-form outsiders looking to remain in contention.

It has proved to be a tale of the unexpected at the Morningside Arena so far this week, with six of the top eight seeds bowing out in the early rounds.

However, a clutch of regular contenders remain in the running for the £110,000 top prize as the unique double-start event enters its business end.

Gerwyn Price is bidding to become only the third player in the 23-year history of the tournament to successfully retain the title, and steps up his pursuit with a clash against Dave Chisnall.

Having lost in the opening round in three of his first five Boylesports World Grand Prix appearances, Price has now seemingly mastered the double-start format and is firm favourite to defend the crown.

The world number one, winner of back-to-back European Tour events last month, began by defeating Michael Smith in straight sets with a 100.8 average, before recovering from a set down to beat Mervyn King 3-1 on Tuesday.

He now faces two-time Grand Prix finalist Chisnall in a repeat of their epic Semi-Final show-down in this event 12 months ago – which went down to a last-leg decider.

Chisnall was left to rue three missed match darts on that occasion and will be out for revenge as he looks to maintain his superb record in this competition.

As well as finishing runner-up in 2013 and 2019, Chizzy has also reached a further two Semi-Finals (2016 & 2020) and has shown true tenacity so far this week in edging past Mensur Suljovic and Ross Smith in last-set deciders.

A first-time semi-finalist is guaranteed on Friday night as Danny Noppert and Ian White face off in a quest to break new ground.

Noppert is the only quarter-finalist yet to drop a set this week, having dispatched fellow Dutchmen Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.

The former Lakeside finalist, who has an impressive finishing conversion rate of 53 per cent so far, is looking to reach his first PDC major Semi-Final since the Players Championship Finals in 2018.

White, meanwhile, has won through to his third Grand Prix Quarter-Final since 2015 in dramatic fashion, battling past Gary Anderson in a third set decider before recovering from two sets down to defeat Darius Labanauskas in a sudden death leg on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old, who joined the PDC in 2010, reached his sole major Semi-Final to date at the 2019 Players Championship Finals and will be desperate to add to that tally.

Another unmissable contest sees former World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski take on Premier League champion Jonny Clayton.

Ratajski is appearing in his fourth consecutive major ranking Quarter-Final this season and is out to equal his best performance in a PDC major to date, which saw him reach the Semis of the World Matchplay in July.

The Polish star has seen off Premier League stars Nathan Aspinall and Rob Cross en route to this stage and is closing in on a place in the world’s top ten.

Clayton had won just one match in three previous Grand Prix appearances but has seemingly gotten to grips with the double-start format with a double-in rate of 45 per cent and a checkout success of 63 per cent.

The Welsh star has recorded successive averages of 95 in overcoming Callan Rydz and Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa so far this week.

The final match of the night sees Stephen Bunting and Ryan Searle go head-to-head in a repeat of their nail-biting World Championship encounter last December.

Bunting prevailed in a dramatic sudden death leg at Ally Pally but Searle has since tasted success over ‘The Bullet’ on the ProTour.

Bunting, who made the Semi-Finals on his Grand Prix debut in 2014, has defeated two former champions in Daryl Gurney and James Wade so far this week.

Searle, who made his debut 12 months ago, knocked out fifth seed Dimitri van den Bergh in Round One before seeing off Luke Humphries 3-1 with a 170 checkout to his name as he progressed to a first PDC major Quarter-Final.

The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches contested over the best of five sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Day Five Schedule of Play

Thursday October 7

Quarter-Finals

7.15pm Danny Noppert v Ian White
8.15pm Krzysztof Ratajski v Jonny Clayton
9.15pm Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall
10.15pm Stephen Bunting v Ryan Searle

White comeback seals World Grand Prix Quarter-Final spot as Clayton, Noppert and Ratajski also advance

Ian White battled back from two sets down to defeat Darius Labanauskas in a nail-biting sudden death leg for a place in the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix.

Stoke veteran White won through to his third BoyleSports World Grand Prix Quarter-Final after completing a remarkable comeback at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

Lithuania’s Labanauskas had looked on course to claim a landmark win in his career after claiming the first six legs without reply to secure a two-set lead.

White, though, ignited his challenge with winning legs of 14, 15 and 12 darts as he took the third set 3-1, and also claimed the fourth by the same scoreline to level the tie.

Labanauskas’ break of throw with a 90 finish in the opening leg of the deciding set was cancelled out by a match-high 136 checkout for a 12-darter from White, who then moved 2-1 up.

Double ten saw the Lithuanian take the game all the way to a one-leg shoot-out, but White was first to a double and landed double eight at the first time of asking to complete a superb fightback.

“It’s unbelievable,” admitted White. “I couldn’t get going, and when I was two sets down and hadn’t won a leg, it was going to be a nightmare.

“I had to do something – I don’t know what happened, I think I hit a double and the crowd got on my side. I was dead and buried and the crowd helped me out.

“I’d love to win the tournament, that’s what we’re all here for, so fingers crossed.”

Premier League champion Jonny Clayton came from a set down to defeat seventh seed Jose de Sousa 3-1, averaging 95 as he continued his challenge to claim a maiden televised ranking triumph.

Clayton had found himself behind in his tie with Grand Slam champion De Sousa, who came from 2-1 down to win the first set in a deciding leg.

De Sousa also led in the second and then responded to a stunning ten-darter from Clayton with a 98 finish to force a deciding leg – only to see the world number 14 square the contest by taking out 70 in two darts.

Clayton then raced through set three with finishes of 60, 110 and 100, and took out 116 on his way to a two-leg lead in the fourth set.

De Sousa hit back with a 13-darter, but Clayton clinically wrapped up the win by completing a 12-dart leg with a 112 checkout – ending the tie with four ton-plus finishes and 11 doubles from just 17 attempts.

“I’m happy with that,” said Clayton. “I lost the first set to a class player so I had to dig deep.

“I broke him back in the second set and I did my job. It was good darts by both of us, I kept my nerve and got over the finishing line so I’m happy.

“I’m chasing a ranked event, and hopefully this is it so let’s see what happens. I’m going to try my best to get to the final and try and win it.

“Krzysztof is a class act and I’ve got to have my A game. Nobody’s afraid of anybody any more, so if we go out and do our job well, we’re hard to beat.”

Danny Noppert followed up his First Round scalp of Michael van Gerwen by brushing aside another Dutch compatriot – Vincent van der Voort – by three sets to nil.

Noppert opened with one in two of his starting doubles, and in a clinical finishing display had a checkout ratio almost double that of Van der Voort.

Van der Voort started the brighter with legs of 15 and 13 darts, only to see Noppert win the next three to claim the first set.

Noppert then took out 130 and 101 to lead 2-0 in set two, and responded to Van der Voort’s 87 checkout with a 12-darter to wrap up the set and double his advantage.

He opened set three with a 100 checkout as the pair shared the opening four legs, and when Van der Voort was unable to check out 134 in the decider, Noppert returned on double 11 to seal victory.

“I’m really happy with this performance,” said Noppert. “In the beginning I was a little bit nervous, but I got myself back and I played brilliant I think.

“I’ve won against two players who I watched when I was a kid, so I’m really happy. It was a tough game, and I didn’t expect it would be 3-0, but I took my chances.

“Ian White is a good player and I’m looking forward to every match. I’m enjoying it here and I’m confident.”

Krzysztof Ratajski won through to his first World Grand Prix Quarter-Final with a 3-1 success against Rob Cross, continuing his fine form in televised events this year.

Ratajski was a quarter-finalist in the World Championship and UK Open before reaching July’s World Matchplay Semi-Finals.

The Polish star claimed the opening set without reply, breaking throw twice in a strong start to the contest, only for Cross to finish 87 and 106 as he took set two in the same manner.

Ratajski then won set three by a 3-1 scoreline, and landed three 14-darters in four legs in the next as he wrapped up the win.

“I feel great, really good,” said Ratajski, who also overcame Nathan Aspinall in Round One. “Today I was a little nervous but I’m happy that I won.

“Rob is a great player and I knew it would be a very hard match, but we were both a little nervous. I expected more from Rob, it was a crazy game.

“This match showed me I must be more concentrated. In the last two years I lost my first match, but now I’ve won two and I hope I will win another.”

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Wednesday October 6

Second Round

7pm-11pm
Ian White 3-2 Darius Labanauskas
Rob Cross 1-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Danny Noppert 3-0 Vincent van der Voort
Jose de Sousa 1-3 Jonny Clayton

Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Day Four preview and order of play | Round Two draws to a close

The Second Round draws to a close at the 2021 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Wednesday, with a clutch of outsiders aiming to break new ground.

The big names have fallen victim to the quick-fire, double-start format in the early stages, leaving both halves of the draw open to a potential new winner of this prestigious trophy.

A first-time World Grand Prix finalist is already guaranteed in the bottom half of the draw, though four top 16 ranked players remain in the running.

Perhaps the pick of Wednesday’s ties features a repeat of this year’s Premier League final between Jonny Clayton and Jose De Sousa.

With the pair having claimed one win apiece in the league phase, Clayton dominated the final 11-5 to secure his second third televised title in the space of nine months.

The Welshman, who celebrated his 47th birthday on Monday, now finds himself at this stage of the Grand Prix for only the second time in four appearances, having swept aside Callan Rydz in straight sets with a 95 average in Round One.

De Sousa, meanwhile, secured his first win in this event by powering past a struggling Glen Durrant 2-0, but will be eyeing a significant improvement on his match average of just 78.

The Grand Slam champion is looking to gain revenge on ‘The Ferret’ and reach what would be only a second PDC major ranking Quarter-Final.

Another unmissable contest sees former World Champion Rob Cross take on former World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski.

Cross is vying to climb back up the rankings after slipping to eleventh in the Order of Merit, and began superbly by knocking out second seed Peter Wright in successive sets.

Cross’ most recent appearance in a major ranking Quarter-Final came at the UK Open back in March 2020, but he faces a formidable barrier in the form of The Polish Eagle.

Despite being renowned for his clinical finishing, Ratajski had failed to win in two previous attempts at the World Grand Prix but finally got off and running courtesy of a thrilling 2-1 win over Nathan Aspinall.

Semi-finalist at the World Matchplay in July, the world number 12 is out to maintain his record of having reached at least the Quarter-Final stage of each ranked major this season.

Elsewhere, a fascinating all-Dutch show-down sees Danny Noppert take on Vincent van der Voort.

Noppert pulled off one of the biggest results of his career by beating Michael van Gerwen 2-0 in Round One, later accusing his compatriot of “cheating” by stamping on the stage whilst he was throwing for a double.

The 30-year-old now comes up against Van Gerwen’s closest friend on the tour and a player vastly experienced over this format, having made his Grand Prix debut back in 2007.

Van der Voort dispatched German number one Gabriel Clemens in straight sets and is now eyeing only a second Quarter-Final appearance in ten appearances in this event.

The opening match of the night sees Stoke ace Ian White take on dangerous debutant Darius Labanauskas.

White, who has recovered from a recent operation, came through a gruelling last set decider against an out of sorts Gary Anderson and will be demanding a marked improvement in all areas of his game.

Labanauskas pulled off an impressive 2-1 scalp of 2011 finalist Brendan Dolan and will be quietly confident of extending his run and closing the gap on the world’s top 32.

The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with Second Round matches contested over the best of five sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Day Four Schedule of Play

Wednesday October 6

Second Round

7.15pm Ian White v Darius Labanauskas
8.15pm Rob Cross v Krzysztof Ratajski
9.15pm Danny Noppert v Vincent van der Voort
10.15pm Jose de Sousa v Jonny Clayton

Chisnall comeback stuns Smith at the World Grand Prix as Price, Bunting and Searle also prevail

Dave Chisnall battled back from two sets down to defeat Ross Smith in the Second Round of the BoyleSports World Grand Prix on Tuesday, as Gerwyn Price, Stephen Bunting and Ryan Searle also progressed.

Two-time World Grand Prix finalist Chisnall looked set to become a sixth seeded player to exit this year’s event when in-form debutant Smith won six of the opening seven legs in their contest.

However, Chisnall mounted a rousing fightback to claw his way back into the tie before landing a superb 135 finish to seal his place in the Quarter-Finals.

Smith made a strong start, following up a 14-darter to break throw with a 152 checkout to seal the opening set without reply, and he took the second set 3-1 to double his lead.

The pair traded 13-darters to open the third set, but Chisnall pounced to break throw on tops in leg three and then finished a brilliant 12-darter with an 88 checkout to kick-start his challenge.

Chisnall then came from a leg down to win the fourth set 3-1, hitting another 12-darter in the process, to send the tie into a decisive fifth set.

Smith again held the advantage, after finishing 52, but Chisnall took out 130 on the bull to level, double nine to break and then 135 to complete a memorable recovery.

“I’ll never give up and I keep fighting,” said Chisnall. “When I was 2-0 down I thought I was dead and buried. I wasn’t playing well at all, and I just kicked into gear.

“I started hitting the 180s and I felt good. I had to hit the 135 because he would have had a shot, so I’m over the moon to get the win.”

Chisnall now renews his rivalry with Price on Thursday – with the Welshman having edged a thrilling seven-set Semi-Final 12 months ago.

Price had to endure some nervy moments early in his encounter with Mervyn King before coming from a set down to win 3-1, avoiding the fate of title rivals Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson – who all crashed out on Monday.

Price opened up with a 116 finish and also landed seven perfect darts during the first set, only for the 2012 finalist to reel off three straight legs to take a shock lead.

Price hit back strongly with legs of 14 and 13 darts in taking set two by a 3-1 scoreline, and repeated those finishes as he edged the third 3-2.

King’s gutsy challenge continued as he led in set four, but Price stopped the fightback in its tracks with a timely 14-darter, landed double ten to move 2-1 up and then posted tops to ensure his quarter-final place.

“I thought I played particularly well for most of the game but made a couple of slip-ups, and the main thing is that I won,” said Price.

“When I lost the first set I was beating myself up, and I should learn not to do that because I was playing pretty well at the beginning.

“I think Merv pinched the first set and that really hurt me. I had to dig deep and it wasn’t the best performance and I need to improve on that game.”

Ryan Searle won through to his maiden televised Quarter-Final with an impressive 3-1 defeat of Luke Humphries.

Somerset ace Searle produced some superb doubling during a fast-paced contest, opening with over 56% of his attempts at the outer ring and landing three ton-plus finishes to progress to the last eight in Leicester.

Humphries hit back from 2-0 down with the aid of an 11-darter to level in set one, but missed two darts at double 19 to claim the opener as Searle returned on tops to take the advantage.

Searle then doubled his lead by winning a brilliant second set without reply, taking out finishes of 140 and 152 for successive 12-dart legs along the way.

Humphries hit back to keep his hopes alive in set three, defying an opening 160 score from Searle in the deciding leg to complete a 14-darter and pull back to 2-1 in the match.

Searle followed a 93 finish with a sensational 170 checkout to move 2-0 up in the fourth set, with Humphries taking out 112 and 65 to force another deciding leg – but the UK Open finalist was unable to finish 100 with six darts and his rival stepped in on tops for victory.

“I enjoyed that – it was a great game,” admitted Searle. “That’s the way darts should be played, fair play to Luke and I believe in the future that me and him are going to be battling it out a little more.

“I feel like now I’m a different animal than I used to be, I’m more focused and I’m looking forward to the next round now. I can’t wait to get up on stage again.”

Stephen Bunting reached his first Boylesports World Grand Prix Quarter-Final since his debut seven years ago with a 3-1 defeat of James Wade – ending the left-hander’s bid to claim a third double-start title.

Bunting followed up his impressive first round defeat of Daryl Gurney with another clinical performance, finishing almost 50 percent of his doubles and limiting Wade to just four legs.

The 2014 semi-finalist won the opening set without reply, landing a crowd-pleasing 132 checkout on the way, and responded to a Wade 11-darter with a 14-darter and a 107 finish to lead 2-1 in the second.

Wade, though, levelled and took the set’s decider with a 14-darter to square the contest, only to see Bunting pull clear by winning six of the next seven legs – including a 102 finish to secure set three – as he wrapped up the win.

“I’m happy with the win and I really enjoyed it,” admitted Bunting. “The last two people I’ve beaten have won the event.

“There were a lot of aspects of that game that I didn’t feel really comfortable with, but when you beat James Wade you’ve got to be happy – he’s such a great double-in, double-out player.

“Over the last 18 months since I’ve had my new darts, my scoring has been phenomenal. My first round was pretty special and my scoring was very good again tonight.

“The last few years have not been easy, but I actually feel like I’m playing better than I’ve ever played and I’m walking up to the oche like I can win again, and that’s a perfect feeling for me.”

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Tuesday October 5

Second Round

7pm-10pm
Ryan Searle 3-1 Luke Humphries
James Wade 1-3 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 3-1 Mervyn King
Dave Chisnall 3-2 Ross Smith