Grand Slam of Darts | Anderson and Price to contest the final

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Gerwyn Price (pictured) will face Gary Anderson in the Grand Slam of Darts final on Sunday evening. Photo : Lawrence Lustig / PDC

Gary Anderson and Gerwyn Price will contest the final of the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts final on Sunday evening in Wolverhampton. For Price, it’s his second major final following his run to the UK Open final a few years ago as he lost out to Peter Wright. The Welshman has been mightily impressive over the course of the event, his tenacity and composure under sever pressure is to be admired, in his victory against Simon Whitlock, he had to come from four legs behind to edge out the Aussie, and his superb 16-12 victory over Mensur Suljovic this afternoon was just as impressive. Suljovic came firing out of the blocks as he raced into a 10-5 lead at the interval with a 107 average and missing just three darts at a double after 15 legs. But, Price was still very much in contention at that stage as he had a checkout rate of 50% and a 100 average.

Price came out of the break a different player as he won four of the next five legs to close the gap to 11-9, and the revival of Price was evidently getting to the Austrian as he wasn’t scoring as well following the fourth interval. The Austrian did move 12-9 ahead, but something just clicked for Price as he couldn’t afford anymore slip-ups if he was to win the match. The Welshman fired in three maximums in two legs as he produced a superb 10-dart leg to move within a leg of Suljovic at 12-11. The momentum was clearly with ‘The Iceman’ as he reeled off five legs on-the-spin to see out the win with a splendid 11-dart leg with a 100 checkout. a 97.06 average, nine maximums and a checkout rate of 50% highlights a solid display from Gerwyn Price.

In the second Semi-Final, Gary Anderson joined Gerwyn Price in the final as the Scot enjoyed a fantastic 16-12 victory over the World no.1 Michael van Gerwen in what was a blockbuster of a contest. Many bookmakers were writing off any chance of a Gary Anderson victory as you could’ve got Gary at 9/5 to run out a winner. A close contest we expected, and it was most certainly just that. Anderson was up against it early doors as he trailed 4-2 to the World no.1, but the Scot took three out of the four legs before the second interval to make things even at 5-5. The pair continued to hold firm until Anderson managed to break the Green Machine to move into a 9-7 lead. Anderson did miss a dart at tops for an 11-7 lead, but Van Gerwen reduced the gap to 10-8. Heading into the final interval, Van Gerwen managed to pull the match back to 11-9 as he produced a 14-dart leg. After the break, the World no.1 came out firing as he produced two world-class legs to draw level at 11-11 with two ton plus finishes of 100 and 124 using just 23 darts. But the momentum would soon swing the way of the Scot as he took advantage of some gilt edge moments from Van Gerwen as the World Matchplay champion surged into a 14-11 lead courtesy of a 12-dart leg as he produced a 105 checkout. MVG did manage to pull out an 11-darter to keep his hopes alive, but that hope was soon extinguished by Anderson as he produced a 104 checkout to complete a 16-12 win over the World no.1

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