New world champ Price swept past Joe Cullen 10-3 in his first match since his historic title success the title earlier this month.
And Clayton stunned Michael van Gerwen as he dumped the former world No 1 out of the tournament for the second year running with a thrilling 10-9 victory.
Wow I can get used to that what a feeling 😁 thanks all for the kind messages of support we go again tomorrow @OfficialPDC @SkySportsDarts @reddragondarts @TuffStuff_UK @MarshallGroup @valleywaterserv 🎯🎯 https://t.co/KzZncQE8sI
— Gerwyn Price (@Gezzyprice) January 30, 2021
Markham’s Price showed why he is the world’s best with a clinical demolition of Cullen.
The Iceman may have had a few weeks off since his world champs victory.
But he was right back in the groove as he averaged 104.37 in his comprehensive win to book a last eight spot against Adrian Lewis.
𝙑𝘼𝙉 𝙂𝙀𝙍𝙒𝙀𝙉 𝙄𝙎 𝙊𝙐𝙏
For the second consecutive year, Michael van Gerwen is dumped out of the Ladbrokes Masters at the first hurdle by Jonny Clayton!
A stunning 14-darter seals Clayton a marvellous deciding leg victory! pic.twitter.com/Jz87mJyrrR
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 30, 2021
And Price was joined in the quarters later by Pontyberem’s Clayton with whom he won the World Cup of Darts last year.
Clayton produced a 14-darter to seal the victory over the Dutchman in the deciding leg of the best of 19-battle.
He faces James Wade in the quarters.