Gerwyn Price (R)

Gerwyn Price (R), Cazoo Premier League - Glasgow. Pic: Getty Images.

Gerwyn Price Is Ice Cool Winner Again And Moves To Second In Premier League Table

By Hannah Blackwell

Gerwyn Price beat Chris Dobey 6-4 to win Night Seven of the Cazoo Premier League – after his opponent had ended Michael van Gerwen’s hopes of a fourth straight victory with a stunning 6-0 whitewash.

Price rallied from falling 2-0 down to Dobey in the final in Nottingham to move 3-2 ahead with successive ton-plus finishes and eventually closed out his win having missed five match darts in the ninth leg.

The Welshman’s win, in which he also beat Johnny Clayton and Dimitri Van den Bergh, was his second of the season after Cardiff in Week Two and lifted him to second in the table behind Van Gerwen.

But Dobey produced the performance of the evening, inflicting the first Premier League sweep of Van Gerwen’s career as the Dutchman’s bid to follow his successes in Dublin, Exeter and Liverpool were dashed during a remarkable semi-final.

Dobey had led Michael Smith 5-0 in his quarter-final only for the reigning world champion to fight back to 5-4 before ‘Hollywood’ triumphed with a break of throw on the bull.

There would be no comeback from Van Gerwen in a match in which Dobey started and ended with three-figure finishes as he snapped his opponent’s 10-game winning streak.

Dobey was unable to land his second nightly victory of the campaign, after Belfast in Week One, but will head to his native North East for next week’s round in Newcastle full of confidence having ended a run of five consecutive quarter-final defeats.

The quarter-finals for next week’s leg are determined by the current standings – and, as it turns out, will be an exact repeat of the fixtures in Nottingham, with runaway league leader van Gerwen facing rock-bottom Peter Wright and sixth-placed Dobey taking on third-placed Smith

The other first-round fixtures see Week Seven kingpin Price versus fellow Welshman Clayton once more and fifth-placed Van den Bergh up against fourth-placed Nathan Aspinall.

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