Price retains Grand Slam of Darts title with exceptional performance against Wright
Gerwyn Price has retained the Grand Slam of Darts title with victory over Peter Wright in an exceptional 16-6 victory in Wolverhampton.
Price averaged 107 in victory and hit 52 percent on the doubles; as he showed exactly why he is one of the best players in the world right now. He retains the Eric Bristow trophy in one of the best performances in a major final; which is up there with the record average which he nearly broke.
The first few legs were very much even and Price went into the break at 3-2 up; with Wright 23 points behind on the averages and potentially sinking first.
Price put himself in a 4-2 lead with an excellent 111 checkout; as he looked to build a real lead in the early going. Wright hit his second 180 but only for Price to hit an 84 checkout for 5-3. Price followed up a 174 setup with double 16 to extend it to 6-3.
Price went 7-3 up at the next interval; it was a 113 average, six 180's and 7/9 on the doubles. Wright ended up closing the gap to 4-7 and they from there kicked off the 12th leg with six perfect darts and Wright five but it was Wright who broke to go 5-7 behind.
Wright hits his fourth 180 but Price ended up hitting a 14 darter for a 9-5 lead and kept up his high average at 112. Price stretched his lead to 11-5 from there with a 110 average keeping his demon form. A break of throw from Price, a 177 and tops saw him continue that as he continued his crusade at 12-5 up.
Another break saw him go 14-5 up as he looked towards the finishing line. It ended up getting eight consecutive legs now for Price as he went to within one of retaining the title at 15-5, an absolute demon session from the Welshman as he romped towards a second consecutive Grand Slam title.
Price had match darts but they went and Wright ended up picking up the pieces to go 15-6 behind. He finally finished it off with a double five to really silence the critics.
Grand Slam of Darts 2019 schedule
Peter Wright (97.34) 16-11 (94.28) Glen Durrant
Michael van Gerwen (101.91) 12-16 (100.73) Gerwyn Price
Final (19:00 GMT)
Gerwyn Price (107.86) 16-6 (96.28) Peter Wright