bwin World Series of Darts Finals glory for Price

Gerwyn Price (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Sensational Gerwyn Price claimed glory in the bwin World Series of Darts Finals with an outstanding day in Salzburg which culminated in an 11-9 comeback victory over Rob Cross in Sunday's decider.

The Welshman scooped the £70,000 title and a third televised triumph of his career in style to cap a brilliant week on the continent.

Price had won two Players Championship events in midweek in Germany, and extended his winning streak to 17 matches as he followed up Saturday's defeat of Vincent van der Voort with an brilliant display on Sunday.

He survived a missed match dart from Nathan Aspinall in the deciding leg of a thrilling quarter-final, before then defeating Peter Wright 11-6 in a semi-final of the highest quality.

World Champion Wright averaged 108 and produced six winning legs of between 11 and 13 darts, but Price proved too strong for the Scot as he moved into the final.

After Cross opened with a 144 finish, Price took out legs of 11, 12 and 13 darts - including a 128 checkout - as he moved 3-2 up, only to see the Hastings ace assume control with three straight legs.

Price responded in leg nine, but Cross took another three legs as a 110 checkout moved him 8-4 up with only four missed darts at a double.

The Welshman, though, kick-started his comeback with finishes of 74 and 79, and after Cross took out 100 it was Price who levelled by taking out 74 once again in leg 18.

Cross' miss at the bullseye allowed Price to regain the lead - for the first time since leg five - by pinning a third-dart double five in leg 19, before hitting tops to complete a superb victory.

Gerwyn Price (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

"I'm really happy and a bit relieved," admitted Price. "From 8-4 down I'm proud of myself, to dig deep once again like I have in a few games over the last couple of weeks. 

"Early on in the final I thought I was playing brilliant - I should have been at least 4-1 up but I knew that Rob was going to come out firing and when he banged in that 144 I knew I was in for a tough game.

"In the middle part of the game I was beating myself up and let Rob get in front, but I stuck in there until the end and got over the winning line.

"I never give up any more and I always believe that as long as there's one leg to go I can still win, and I stuck in there until the end.

"I'm playing well, practising well and giving 100 percent every single time. Whoever's going to beat me is going to have to play really well and take their chances, because if not then I will.

"I'm looking forward to the European Tour next week and the World Grand Prix after that, and obviously I've got one eye on the World Championship.

"I wouldn't say I'm the best player in the world now, but I believe that my A-game is better than anybody else's. That's all that matters, I'm confident with my own game."

Cross had been eliminated from the Premier League on Judgement Night less than a month ago, but bounced back from that disappointment in style to reach his first final since last October's European Championship.

He followed up Saturday's confidence-boosting whitewash of Steve Beaton with a 10-8 quarter-final win over Michael Smith to open his challenge on Sunday.

He then overcame James Wade 11-7 in the semi-finals, pulling clear from 7-6 to set up a repeat of the 2019 European Championship final with Price, only to this time end up on the losing side of the scoreline.

Rob Cross (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

"It hurts," admitted Cross, who will enjoy his 30th birthday on Monday.

"I lost to an in-form guy tonight and he's been playing the darts of his life. Fair play to Gezzy for winning. Maybe with the lead I did have, I just got a little bit complacent. 

"I've always got the game in the locker. I didn't feel great when I played James and he never really got going, but it's a step in the right direction.

"The darts are perfect for me and everything's perfect, it's just about Rob believing. I'm bitterly disappointed, but I'll go back on the practice board, work harder and come back stronger."

Wade had landed the tournament's two maximum finishes, taking out 170 during his high-quality 10-8 quarter-final defeat of Glen Durrant before hitting the combination once more in his semi-final reverse to Cross.

Wright averaged over 100 in his quarter-final defeat of Daryl Gurney, but found himself on the end of a semi-final barrage from Price despite his own fine display in a memorable contest.

PDC action continues next weekend with the return of the European Tour, as Halle 39 in Hildesheim hosts the German Darts Championship as 48 players compete from September 25-27.

2020 bwin World Series of Darts Finals
Sunday September 20
Afternoon Session
Peter Wright 10-5 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Nathan Aspinall
James Wade 10-9 Glen Durrant
Rob Cross 10-8 Michael Smith

Evening Session 
Gerwyn Price 11-6 Peter Wright
Rob Cross 11-7 James Wade

Gerwyn Price 11-9 Rob Cross

Quarter-Finals Round-Up
Peter Wright (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Two-time runner-up Peter Wright booked his place in the semi-finals with a 10-5 defeat of Daryl Gurney, with the World Champion averaging 100 to his rival's 99 in a high-quality contest.

Wright raced into a 3-0 lead before Gurney hit back to level, including a neat bull finish for a 12-darter in leg five - and after the Scot took two more legs he also hit the middle double in leg nine to pull back to 5-4.

Back-to-back 11-darters helped Wright to pull clear as he claimed four straight legs, with a 13-darter seeing Gurney keep his hopes alive briefly before the world number two sealed his place in the last four.

Gerwyn Price (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Gerwyn Price joined Wright in the last four after producing a stirring comeback to win a brilliant tie with Nathan Aspinall in a deciding leg - although he had to survive one missed match dart from the former US Darts Masters champion.

Aspinall came from a leg down to lead 3-1, and led 5-3 before the Welshman powered in a 148 finish to hit back.

Double ten and a 100 checkout, for a 12-darter, moved Aspinall 7-4 up before Price hit top gear with legs of 12, 14, 14 and 15 darts to move 8-7 up.

Nathan Aspinall (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Five missed doubles in the next leg allowed Aspinall in to level, and the pair traded 11-darters to send the game into a deciding leg.

Aspinall landed his ninth 180 of the game in the 19th leg, but missed double 18 to finish 99 as Price stepped in to land tops for the win.

James Wade & Glen Durrant (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

2018 winner James Wade prevailed in another 19-leg thriller as he edged out Glen Durrant with a 14-dart leg in the decider to their quarter-final.

Durrant finished 105 and 87 to win the opening two legs, but Wade responded with a brilliant 170 checkout as he levelled before a 14-darer edged him ahead.

Durrant wrestled back the lead at 6-5 by punishing a rare miss at top from Wade, who then claimed three in a row as the momentum changed once again.

Durrant levelled once more at eight-all, and the pair shared the next two to send the game into a deciding leg, but Wade posted a third 180 of the game and landed tops to book his place in the last four.

Rob Cross (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Rob Cross completed the semi-final line-up by seeing off Michael Smith 10-8, producing key legs of 11 and 12 darts to break the deadlock and remain on course for his first title of 2020.

Cross led 2-0 and 3-1 before Smith took three legs in a row, including legs of 13 and 14 darts, to move 4-3 up - only to see the 2018 World Champion take the next four to regain the advantage.

Smith won back-to-back legs to pull back to 7-6, with Cross powering in a 109 finish only for the St Helens ace to level courtesy of legs of 13 and 11 darts.

Cross, though, responded with an 11-darter of his own as a 92 finish broke throw to move him 9-8 up, before a 101 checkout for a 12-darter secured his place in a first semi-final since the 2019 European Championship last October.

Semi-Finals Round-Up

Peter Wright & Gerwyn Price (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)
Gerwyn Price
won through to his first final on the World Series circuit in thrilling fashion as he won a semi-final of the highest quality 11-6 against Peter Wright.

Wright ended the game with a 108 average and hit half of his attempts at a double, with winning legs of 12, 12, 11, 12 13 and 13 darts - but was left trailing by a ruthless display from Price.

The Welshman took an out an early 100 finish on his way to a 2-0 lead, and responded to checkouts of 130 and 116 from the World Champion with three successive legs, including a 102 combination, as he moved 9-4 up.

Price also took out 100 with two double tops as he moved 10-5 up, and though Wright battled to keep the game alive he was unable to prevent the world number three finishing 76 to claim his spot in the final.

Rob Cross (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Rob Cross' bid to end 11 months without a title continues after he defeated James Wade 11-7 in the second semi-final in Salzburg.

Cross capitalised on 14 early missed doubles from Wade to lead 3-2, and extended that advantage to 6-3 despite a 13-darter from the 2018 champion.

Wade won back-to-back legs as he cut the gap to one leg, and also took out a 170 finish in leg 13 - but crucially he was unable to level as Cross pulled away with three straight legs before closing out the win.