World Darts Championship: Gerwyn Price wins sudden-death epic against Kim Huybrechts | Darts News

Gerwyn Price remains on course to defend his world title, but only after passing a classic seven-set, with sudden death, while his Welsh World Cup-winning teammate Jonny Clayton breeze in the round of 16 for the first time where he will play Michael Smith

Last updated: 27/12/21 21:51


Gerwyn Price remained in the running to defend his World Darts Championship title after winning epic sudden death

Gerwyn Price won a shootout on the last leg, while Dirk van Duijvenbode staged a notable comeback in Ally Pally’s thrillers when the World Darts Championship returned in spectacular fashion after the Christmas break.

Price, the reigning champion and world number 1, beat Kim Huybrechts in the killing leg to arrange a match with Van Duijvenbode, who fought three sets down to win his own splinter.

Jonny Clayton crushed the hopes of German Gabriel Clemens with a blizzard of red-hot arrows for a complete victory.

Darts World Championship – Monday night results

R3 Gerwyn Price 4-3 Kim Huybrechts
R3 Jonny Clayton 4-0 Gabriele Clemente

In the run of four, Price made a breathtaking start after a 12-day hiatus following his prime time win over Ritchie Edhouse, scoring a 109 before obliterating 58 for a white first set in which he averaged 102.48. .

An incredible 147 checkout saw Kim Huybrechts win the second set

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An incredible 147 checkout saw Kim Huybrechts win the second set

An incredible 147 checkout saw Kim Huybrechts win the second set

Antwerp ace Huybrechts went out for the second set in a whirlwind way, winning it thanks to a break of 11 darts and a magical checkout of 147. In a fierce battle, the Belgian started to believe after achieving a superb finish of ” Shanghai “120 to snatch the third set from under Price’s nose.

But the Welshman quickly leveled up to 2-2 in 43 darts, including a spectacular 130 checkout in the third leg.

Price achieved this milestone of 130 which helped him conquer the fourth set in spectacular style

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Price achieved this milestone of 130 which helped him conquer the fourth set in spectacular style

Price achieved this milestone of 130 which helped him conquer the fourth set in spectacular style

Price nailed a 112 and a 120 en route to win the fifth set with no response, but despite reaching a 120 second in the next, it was “The Hurricane” who sent him into a deciding set with a final 70.

Huybrechts somehow worked his way from two legs down to bring the game into a tiebreaker situation.

After Price picked the double five to take the lead 3-2, the two players exchanged words in a heated exchange on stage with referee Kirk Bevins who had to speak to them.

Price and Huybrechts exchanged a few heated words as their epic third-round fight entered the final stages

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Price and Huybrechts exchanged a few heated words as their epic third-round fight entered the final stages

Price and Huybrechts exchanged a few heated words as their epic third-round fight entered the final stages

“The Iceman” survived a scare to hold leg nine, but Huybrechts sent him in a deadly leg with a whopping 114. The world number 1 had the shot and showed his class under enormous pressure to eliminate 76, making it to the skin of his teeth.

Price was a relieved man after beating Huybrechts in a classic to reach last 16

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Price was a relieved man after beating Huybrechts in a classic to reach last 16

Price was a relieved man after beating Huybrechts in a classic to reach last 16

Clayton, winner of the Premier League, Masters and 2021 World Grand Prix, launched a barrage of bullets at Clemens.

The Welshman facilitated the opening before pinning a 121 on the bull to seal the second set where he averaged 115.04.

Clayton won a decider on the last leg to win the third set, and it was a job done for “The Ferret” who threw a 121 second on the bull and a 110 checkout on his way to a 4- 0 to send a warning to its rivals.

James Wade, who was expected to face Vincent van der Voort in the first game of the evening, received a bye in the fourth round after his Dutch opponent was forced to retire from the tournament after testing positive for Covid-19.

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R3 Peter Wright vs Damon Heta
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Darts World Championship – Monday afternoon results

R3 Ross Smith 3-4 Dirk Van Duijvenbode
R3 Michael Smith 4-2 William O’Connor
R3 Florian Hempel 1-4 Raymond Smith

See the best of the afternoon session action at Ally Pally

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See the best of the afternoon session action at Ally Pally

See the best of the afternoon session action at Ally Pally

In the afternoon session, Dutchman Van Duijvenbode pitted four sets in a row to stun Ross Smith. ‘Smudger’ took the lead 3-0 and was within one leg of victory in the four-man game, but from there the ‘Aubergenius’ took off. His people found their range crucially on the outer ring, after struggling in opening exchanges.

In the deciding leg of the fourth set, Smith was unable to land a double attempt, in a checkout attempt of 66 for the match. This proved to be a significant turning point and Van Duijvenbode created unstoppable momentum to take the win.

Dirk van Duijvenbode felt like he had

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Dirk van Duijvenbode felt like he had “anchors on his shoulders” for the first three sets before returning to win a thriller

Dirk van Duijvenbode felt like he had “anchors on his shoulders” for the first three sets before returning to win a thriller

Meanwhile, Michael Smith saw off a brave display by William O’Connor. The Irishman claimed the opening set, but missed two shots at D20 for a 2-0 lead.

‘Bully Boy’ then pulled out eight unanswered legs to take control of the race. ‘The Magpie’ took the fifth set to take it 3-2, but Smith used all his experience to get through a dramatic sixth set.

Michael Smith landed four ton-plus finishes during his win over William O'Connor

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Michael Smith landed four ton-plus finishes during his win over William O’Connor

Michael Smith landed four ton-plus finishes during his win over William O’Connor

In the third and final match of the afternoon session, the Australians Raymond Smith continued her dream odyssey Ally Pally with a 4-1 win over Florian Hempel.

It was an impressive performance from ‘Guru’, who averaged 94.79. Wait for Mervyn King or Steve Lennon in the last 16.

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