Michael Smith was 5-2 and 6-3 up hitting multiple 10 darters and averaging 120 but couldn’t seal the deal with Gerwyn Price coming back to seal a brilliant draw as the action continues at the Premier League in Nottingham.
Price reeled off four consecutive legs in a thriller which included eight 180’s. His average ended up at 98.11 with Smith further down than the middle of the match at 101.7. ‘Bully Boy’ wasn’t too disheartened after the match though despite fluffing his lines.
Smith produced an incredible start to proceedings going seven darts into a nine-darter to lead 2-1 as he really began to motor to start the game off.
‘Bully Boy’ smashed in a 140 from there to extend his lead to 3-1 and his brilliant darts continued from there as he hit a fifth 180 en route to a second 10 darter of the match to make it 4-2. All while averaging a mind blowing 120.
Price made a silly error and fluffed his lines when finishing and this allowed Smith to go one away from a guaranteed point with a break of throw.
The latter hit double 10 to make sure of a minimum of a point and forced Price into producing something special to come back into the tie and force the draw.
It was Smith’s turn to fluff his lines as he missed match darts and Price let out an ironic roar when he went one double 1.
Price smashed in a 180 to begin the next leg on throw as he looked to go one away from a shock draw. Smith couldn’t finish 141 and Price hit double 10 to hold. ‘The Iceman’ hit a 58 checkout to claim the draw.
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PDC Premier League Darts 2020 schedule
Night Two, Nottingham
Rob Cross (94.41) 7-5 (95.48) Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price (98.11) 6-6 (101.71) Michael Smith
20:50 Gary Anderson vs Peter Wright
21:10 Glen Durrant vs Fallon Sherrock [contender]
21:50 Michael van Gerwen vs Daryl Gurney
Tags: Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Premier League 2020
IT'S A DRAW!
Michael Smith will be wondering how on earth he didn't win that match! Gerwyn Price produces an excellent comeback to claim a draw and the spoils are shared…
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Author: Samuel Gill