Price through in imperious style

By Editorial Staff 30/12/2021

Gerwyn Price progressed to the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Championship on a thrilling day of action at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday.
He and the night's other star, Michael Smith, will clash in the last eight on New Year's Day after Price claimed a dominant victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode and Smith won a scintillating showdown with Jonny Clayton in a seventh set tiebreak.
Day 12 of the £2.5m tournament also saw the conclusion of the third round, with Gary Anderson, Callan Rydz and Alan Soutar sealing spots in the last 16.
World number one Price continued his defence of the Sid Waddell Trophy with a commanding win against his Dutch opponent, who claimed the opening set after Price has missed three darts to take it.
But the Welshman avenged those errors in style, running off a dozen straight legs to take the next four sets for a stunning victory which included five three-figure finishes.
Price took out fabulous checkouts of 132, 164 and a match-winning 136 in the last four legs of his superb surge as he reached the quarter-finals for the third successive year.
“I felt I should have won four-nil to be honest,” said Price, who averaged 96.66 in the triumph.
“I should have won the first set but I bombed the opportunity. Maybe that spurred me on because I gave myself a telling off in the break.
“To win 12 legs on the bounce gives me a lot of confidence. I felt good, kept Dirk quiet and kept the crowd quiet. I’m enjoying what I am doing and I hope they can enjoy it too.
“It’ll be a difficult quarter-final but I can take a lot of confidence from how I played tonight.”

Luke Humphries received a bye to the fourth round after Dave Chisnall withdrew following a positive Covid-19 test result.
The action continues on Thursday with the final day of darts in 2021, when the quarter-final line-up will be completed following the six remaining third round ties.
Humphries takes on Dobey in the afternoon session, while the evening session includes a clash of World Champions between Anderson and Cross, and Peter Wright's meeting with Ryan Searle.
The tournament is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7, and on PDCTV (excluding UK and Netherlands-based subscribers).

2021/22 William Hill World Darts Championship
Wednesday, December 29
Afternoon Session
3x Third Round
(R3) Alan Soutar 4-3 Jose De Sousa (2-3, 3-0, 3-1, 0-3, 2-3, 3-2, 3-1)
(R3) Luke Humphries bye Dave Chisnall
(R3) Callan Rydz 4-0 Nathan Aspinall (3-1, 3-1, 3-0, 3-2)

Evening Session
1x Third Round, 2x Fourth Round
(R3) Gary Anderson 4-3 Ian White (2-3, 0-3, 2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 3-2, 3-1)
(R4) Gerwyn Price 4-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode (1-3, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0)
(R4) Michael Smith 4-3 Jonny Clayton (2-3, 1-3, 3-1, 3-2, 3-1, 1-3, 6-4)
Thursday, December 30
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
3x Fourth Round
Raymond Smith v Mervyn King
Alan Soutar v Callan Rydz
Chris Dobey v Luke Humphries

Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x Fourth Round
James Wade v Martijn Kleermaker
Gary Anderson v Rob Cross
Peter Wright v Ryan Searle
William Hill Tournament Outright Odds
Gerwyn Price 2/1, Michael Smith 7/2, Peter Wright 9/2, Rob Cross 8/1, Gary Anderson 14/1, Callan Rydz 14/1, James Wade 16/1, Ryan Searle 16/1, Chris Dobey 25/1, Luke Humphries 25/1
*Prices correct at time of send, subject to fluctuation. 18+.
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