Gerwyn Price is the first man through to the final of the 2023 PDC Nordic Darts Masters in Copenhagen after an 11-10 victory over Jonny Clayton.
In a battle of two Welsh darting superstars, it was Clayton who would eventually take a nervy opening leg after both players missed a handle of darts at double. After more missed doubles would allow Clayton to go two up, Price finally got on the board, nailing double 9 to pull back to 2-1. With yet more trouble on the outer ring gifting Clayton the 4th leg, Price took the 5th to stay in touch at 3-2 down going into the first break.
After the interval, the story was much the same. Price continued to be the heavier scorer but his wastefulness on the doubles would time and again prove his Achilles heel with Clayton increasing his lead to 6-4 as the players went off stage for the second break.
A brilliant 120 checkout from Clayton kept him ahead at 7-5. As the Ferret edged nearer to the magic number of 11, Price knew time was running out. The former World Champion surged, winning the next two legs to get back level only to see some of his hard work undone as Clayton broke through in the last leg of the session meaning he'd enter the break leading 8-7.
That crucial break of throw looked to have proved decisive until a stunning 129 checkout from the Iceman levelled the match up at 9 legs apiece. Clayton would answer back in style however, pinning a 124 checkout on the bullseye to put himself in a position to throw for the match.
As the momentum swung this way and that, Price threw in his best leg of the match. Breaking the throw in 11 darts to send it to a decider. 12 darts later, the Iceman would pin double top for the match, booking his place in his 2nd consecutive World Series final.
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