Gerwyn Price kept his International Darts Open title, beating on Rob Cross 8-6 in a thrilling final in Riesa.
The Iceman claimed his maiden European Tour title last year and he returned to the German city to maintain his hands over the trophy with a run that culminating in a classy final against Voltage
Price whose two other titles this year came with a Players Championship twice in February, began his weekend work on Saturday with a 6-4 win on Kyle Anderson and on Sunday the exact identical scoreline accounted for Joe Murnan and then a quarter-final win over UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall, who had led 4-2.
He produced seven rebounds from 13 efforts and arguably his best screen from the semi-finals against Glen Durrant, pulling clear from three-all to take a 7-3 victory, for example a 144 voucher, as he transferred to the decider.
The Welshman sealed the prize name in a that saw Cross, who beat John Henderson, Joe Cullen, Richard North and Peter Wright to the final on his way, enjoy the better of the early stages.
A break of throw watched Voltage in front early and a stunning 148 checkout saw him go 4-2 up. The Iceman’s 121 got him back inside a leg just for Cross to edge clear again in 5-3 before Price awakened in fashion.
Some clutch third-dart doubling saw him take the next few legs to move 6-5 up, punishing three misses. Cost followed a 177 having an 88 end to edge up 7-6 prior to taking out 108 on shirts to ensure the title although voltage recovered to level.
“It is the very first time I’ve defended a name, so I’m over the moon,” said Price, who will defend his Grand Slam of Darts name in November.
“Every match is similar to that [final] for me today and when I play people like Glen along with the very best players on earth like Rob, it’s not likely to be easy. I’m happy to get over the line.
“I had three weeks off and following the breakup, I was not very confident – I shifted my darts, had a new pair of darts and it appeared to work for me personally.
“I typically start pretty nicely in the start of the year and then slough off, hopefully that’s a bit different this season. After winning this I’m a little more confident now.
“Maybe [I will have] a weekend off next week and then I can look forward to Gibraltar and the rest of the year”
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