Rob Cross made it three wins from as many games in seeing off Ryan Searle 5-2 in what was a game with nothing to play for with both players.
Cross averaged 98 along the way to set out his ambitions for the rest of the week. It was a 50% checkout rate with one 180 for the Hastings ace.
Then Andrew Gilding has to hold on from 4-1 down to then defeat Glen Durrant in the decider. He missed six match darts on the way before hitting double 8 with his final dart with Durrant waiting on 24 to win.
If Price defeats Whitlock, Durrant is through otherwise The Wizard will leaving a wait for ‘Duzza’.
Monday schedule (19:00 GMT)
Rob Cross (98.7) 5-2 (88.66) Ryan Searle (H)
Andrew Gilding (101.52) 5-4 (104.98) Glen Durrant (F)
20:15 Simon Whitlock v Gerwyn Price (F)
20:45 Mensur Suljovic v Martin Schindler (G)
21:15 Stephen Bunting v Scott Mitchell (G)
21:45 Max Hopp v Jim Williams (E)
22:15 Peter Wright v Josh Payne (E)
22:45 Dimitri Van den Bergh v Mark McGeeney (H)
Author: Samuel Gill