Sensational Price sinks two nine-darters on magical night in Belfast

Sensational Price sinks two nine-darters on magical night in Belfast

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Gerwyn Price lands two nine-darters and a 170 finish as he beats Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen and James Wade to win Night Three in Belfast; he produced a flawless leg in absorbing semi-final before repeating the feat in a tense final

Last Updated: 18/02/22 12:14am

Gerwyn Price nailed TWO remarkable nine-dart finishes in one night in the Premier League in Belfast

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Gerwyn Price nailed TWO remarkable nine-dart finishes in one night in the Premier League in Belfast

Gerwyn Price nailed TWO remarkable nine-dart finishes in one night in the Premier League in Belfast

World No 1 Gerwyn Price nailed two incredible nine-dart finishes en route to victory on a magical night of Premier League action in Belfast.

The Welshman produced a night of perfection on the stage at The SSE Arena with two nine-darters, a 170 checkout, 12 180s and an average of 107.58 across his three victories.

And it all happened on a night when Price revealed he will be climbing into the boxing ring in April to raise money for charity.

Watch the best checkouts from an unforgettable night in Belfast

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Watch the best checkouts from an unforgettable night in Belfast

Watch the best checkouts from an unforgettable night in Belfast

The night began with a quarter-final victory over Michael Smith in which Price landed ‘The Big Fish’. He pinned his first perfect leg during a stunning semi-final victory against Michael van Gerwen before sinking a second nine-darter in his 6-4 victory against James Wade in the final.

Price took home the five points, a cool £10k bonus and glory on a jaw-dropping night of action.

Premier League – Night 3 in Belfast Results

Quarter-finals Michael Smith 3-6 Gerwyn Price
Joe Cullen 3-6 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 4-6 Peter Wright
James Wade 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Semi-finals Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 4-6 James Wade
Final Gerwyn Price 6-4 James Wade

“Tonight I felt like I couldn’t miss,” Price told Sky Sports.

“Michael played really well against me; that’s the best game me and James have ever had, so I’m just thankful I’m on the right end of these games.

“I’m playing well, I’m feeling good in myself and I think it’s part and parcel to do with me being back in the gym and looking after myself.

“I’m back to almost my best – well, I think I might be there.”

Price hit his first nine-darter on his way to an absorbing 6-5 victory over Van Gerwen with a 109 average to reach the final.

The world No 1 produced perfection in the fifth leg of the match, scoring 180, 177 and finishing things off with a 144 checkout despite dropping a dart mid-visit.

In an unrelenting clash, it was eventually settled in an 11th and deciding leg in which Price sealed victory thanks to a majestic 11-dart leg.

Wade booked his place in the final with a 6-4 defeat of Peter Wright.

Price followed it up with a second nine-darter in the final against James Wade

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Price followed it up with a second nine-darter in the final against James Wade

Price followed it up with a second nine-darter in the final against James Wade

In the final, Price sent the Belfast crowd into a frenzy when he pinned perfection once again in the third leg with two scores of 180 and 141 (T19, T20, D12).

‘The Machine’ threatened to steal the spoils with finishes of 101 and 120 to regain the upper hand, but Price came roaring back to win three legs on the spin and seal the win and move up to second in the table, a point behind defending champion Jonny Clayton.

Price reflected on 'one of the best nights ever' after nailing two nine-dart finishes and reeling in 'The Big Fish' - but feels he could have gone one better!

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Price reflected on ‘one of the best nights ever’ after nailing two nine-dart finishes and reeling in ‘The Big Fish’ – but feels he could have gone one better!

Price reflected on ‘one of the best nights ever’ after nailing two nine-dart finishes and reeling in ‘The Big Fish’ – but feels he could have gone one better!

Price defeated Michael Smith with this spectacular 170 checkout

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Price defeated Michael Smith with this spectacular 170 checkout

Price defeated Michael Smith with this spectacular 170 checkout

Price took out a spectacular 170 finish to booked his spot in the semi-final, recording a 6-3 victory over Smith.

He fired his maiden nine-darter of 2022 during the New Year’s Day defeat to Smith and, roared on by the support of a passionate Northern Irish crowd, he went on to replicate that achievement twice on the night in some style.

‘The Iceman’ averaged 108.54 – his highest personal average ever in the competition – and was six out of seven on the doubles.

Van Gerwen punished Joe Cullen’s disastrous performance on the doubles (3/16) to close out a 6-3 victory in a scrappy encounter.

Peter Wright threw a 120 checkout but Gary Anderson replied in the very next leg with a 130 finish

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Peter Wright threw a 120 checkout but Gary Anderson replied in the very next leg with a 130 finish

Peter Wright threw a 120 checkout but Gary Anderson replied in the very next leg with a 130 finish

Night 3 – Westpoint Exeter – March 3

Quarter-Finals Jonny Clayton vs Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith vs Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price vs Peter Wright
James Wade vs Gary Anderson

Wright came out on top in the all-Scottish clash, sealing a 6-4 victory over Gary Anderson with a fantastic 12-dart leg.

The reigning World Champion recovered from 3-2 with four 180s and a neat 100.3 average to overcome ‘The Flying Scotsman’.

In the last quarter-final clash, Wade produced a clinical performance to defeat last week’s winner Clayton 6-3 and set up a meeting with Wright.

Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. We’re back for more Premier League action from the Westpoint Exeter on Thursday, March 3 from 7pm on Sky Sports Arena.

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