Wright eases past Price to reach 2020 PDC World Championship final
Peter Wright is the first player through to the 2020 PDC World Championship Final and the second of his career after stopping the charge of Gerwyn Price.
Despite a frenetic few sets between the pair to open up, Price did not play to his best at all and defied the expectation that it would be 'The Iceman' vs 'Mighty Mike' in the final; instead it is 'Snakebite' who continues to dazzle at the Alexandra Palace and he will face either Van Gerwen or Nathan Aspinall.
After initially saying that he was going to smash Peter Wright 6-0, Price was down already on that pledge as Wright took out an 11-darter in a deciding leg to claim the first one with a 104 average as he took the early initiative and the duo in the early going had a bit of needle as expected.
Wright took out another brilliant ton plus to add to his portfolio so far in the tournament with a 131 checkout and it was nearly Price's turn to hit one as he missed double 12 for a 144 checkout but Wright converted double 16 as a result to go 2-1 up.
Despite that it went the distance again and it was Price who made it 2-2 and he gave some more needle when he claimed the second set.
He was producing brilliance again in the next set going 2-0 up to double his lead and take out a break of throw. Price though hit the front with a 100 checkout to make it five legs from six and clinching set three as a result.
Wright went 2-0 up in the next set though taking a break of throw on double three to attempt to keep himself in contention after Price had led the way in the early going. He took the set in a clean sweep to make it 2-2.
He continued to make his presence known in the tie as he went 2-0 up and Price could only stop the rot on his own throw, could the Welshman find his form again to claim the set?
Wright missed a 104 checkout to claim the set but had a second opportunity after Price missed a 70 checkout for the set but he couldn't take it either allowing Price a break. Despite that, Wright took out an 81 checkout to go 3-2 up in sets and take the initiative.
Wright began the next set pinning a four checkout on double one; as Price continued to not be able to find his top gear. Price hit double 10 to make it 1-1 to keep it on throw.
The Welshman missed darts at a 42 checkout to break; but Wright could not punish either and he hit a five checkout and he levelled the tie up at 3-3 somehow from there.
He continued that with a 72 checkout to go 1-0 up; but this was levelled up by Wright in probably the most pivotal set of the match so far.
Price did the hard part but missed more darts to hold his throw but Wright could not set it up allowing Price to come back for double nine. Price was resigned to losing the next leg and put all his effort into his throw.
He had a shocker on his own throw and Wright as a result had three at double 12 and he pinned it in clutch style. It was 4-3 as a result to Wright; he started the next set by claiming the opening leg on throw.
Price hit a 78 checkout to hold his throw; he gave an ironic look to the crowd. Wright bust 41 for the leg but Price was well back and this allowed 'Snakebite' another opportunity and he didn't make a mistake.
Wright hit a 47 checkout to seal the set at 5-3 up and go one away. He started brilliantly hitting a 180 and smashing in a 98 checkout; followed by a 72 to go one away from the World final. Wright couldn't finish a 106 and Price held on double 10.
Wright missed his first set of match darts to claim the victory; Price smashed in a 77 to ask the question. This question was asked as Wright had six to win and nearly did it straight away missing the bull; he went round the board and finally pinned double one.
PDC World Darts Championship 2020 schedule
Monday December 30
Evening session (1900 GMT start)
Peter Wright (98.39) 6-3 (89.94) Gerwyn Price
21:15 Michael van Gerwen vs Nathan Aspinall