Price: “I know there’s a lot more in the tank”

Gerwyn Price insists there’s plenty more in the tank after securing his third Grand Slam title in four years with a comprehensive 16-8 victory over Peter Wright in Sunday night’s showpiece.

The Welshman landed his maiden televised title in Wolverhampton back in 2018, before retaining the coveted Eric Bristow Trophy with victory over Wright in 2019.

Price repeated the feat to maintain his impeccable record at the Aldersley Leisure Village, prevailing in a battle between the world’s top two to scoop the £125,000 top prize and cement his world No 1 status ahead of next month’s World Championship.

The reigning world champion endured a stuttering start to his title bid – surviving a match dart in his Group A opener against Nathan Rafferty, succumbing to Martin Schindler and scraping past World Youth champion Bradley Brooks in the last 16.

The 36-year-old was pitted against his in-form compatriot Jonny Clayton in the quarter-finals, and having suffered defeat to ‘The Ferret’ in his last two televised outings, Price produced a classy display to run out a 16-12 winner.

‘The Iceman’ maintained that sparkling form on Finals Day, breezing past a below-par James Wade 16-9 in the semi-finals, averaging 102.58, landing nine 180s and converting 64 per cent of his attempts at double to advance.

Wright secured a place in his third Grand Slam final courtesy of an inspired fightback against Michael Smith in a thrilling last four tussle, reeling off eight consecutive legs from 12-8 down, with legs of 12, 10, 11, 15, 16, 16, 10 and 14 darts.

Nevertheless, the Scot was unable to replicate those heroics in Sunday’s showpiece. Price drew first blood with a magnificent 140 checkout en route to establishing a 4-1 cushion, and although Wright reduced the deficit to 4-3, a six-leg blitz put Price on the cusp of victory.

Wright cut the gap to 12-6 courtesy of another ten-darter, but Price claimed the next three legs in 13, 14 and 13 darts, and despite ‘Snakebite’ producing clinical 86 and 155 combination finishes to stay afloat, Price followed up an eighth 180 by sinking double 12 to triumph with a 103.9 average.

“I’m thrilled to win this again. It’s tough to win against the best players in the world, but it’s a big pat on my back and I’m chuffed,” admitted the world No 1.

“Early on in the final I thought I put Peter under a lot of pressure. I carried on with my own game and I was clinical today.

“I blew him away in the middle part of the game. Towards the end, I’m not sure why the doubles weren’t going in and then Peter hit the 155!

“I was way more consistent than him and put him under pressure on his throw. I’m playing well and I know there’s a lot more in the tank.

“We’ve played here three times and I’ve won three times – I’m disappointed that we didn’t play here last year!

“It’s good playing in this venue, I’ve never lost this tournament here so hopefully that continues over the coming years.”

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