Gerwyn Price managed to go the distance this year in the Nordic Darts Masters after Peter Wright beat him last year. While defeating Rob Cross, following Voltage’s close victory against the Iceman in the US Darts Masters Final the previous weekend.

Price has had form issues all year long, which were evident in the BetMGM Premier League. Nevertheless, he was unquestionably dominant in Denmark as he easily advanced to the finals.

Rob Cross picks up US Darts Masters Trophy ahead of Gerwyn Price last weekend. Source: PDC

Price easily advanced to the last eight after throwing an outstanding three maximums and an average of 102.73 in his opening task against Madars Razma, the Austrian Number one.

Price faced Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Quarter Finals, the current occupant of the UK Open, next. In this match, Price put on another spectacular display, adding five more maximums to his total and winning 6-1 with an average of 104.97.

Both Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price missed an incredible 31 attempts at double combined in the Semi Finals. Despite throwing four less 180s and averaging just 86.08, the Welshman prevailed by a four-leg margin (7-3).

Setting up for Price and Rob Cross to face up in a Final again in as many weeks. Price quickly jumped out to a four-leg lead before Cross responded. Price would lead by a comfortable five legs to one as the two went into the break.

Price on top at the first interval. Source: PDC

Voltage seemed to acquire new confidence after pulling in the large fish (170) versus Price in Leg five before the break,  as he would go on to win four of the following five legs. Before the World Number four, showed off his power once more and won the Nordic Masters Title.


Rob’s Route to the Final

Jeffery de Graaf was a familiar opponent for Cross when they first faced each other in the World Championships, with Voltage emerging victorious 4-2. Once more, both gave excellent performances, but even with an average of 102.25, it was insufficient to surpass the tournament’s highest average of 108.19 from Rob Cross. Six legs to four, the Englishman completed the victory.

He then faced the Bullet in the quarterfinals, and this time Voltage prevailed 6 legs to 2 with a checkout rate nearly twice as high as 60% thanks to the Bullet’s 33.3% success rate on doubles.

Double Trouble for the Bullet proves to be decisive. Source: PDC.

Unlike Price, Rob Cross would average over 100 every game to secure his place in the last two.To have any chance against World Number One, Luke Humphries, he had to be at his best, and he proved that he was as he won 7–4.

Elsewhere in Copenhagen

Due in large part to both players’ wasted opportunities, Stephen Bunting and Danny Larsson’s opening match turned out to be another close one. With the pair averaging less than a pitiful 90.

After losing to Johan Engstrom in the first round, Peter Wright’s problems persisted. At a crucial point in leg 10, the Swede broke Wright’s throw, forcing him to hold throw in order to secure a quarterfinal tie. He successfully checked out 40 with Wright waiting nervously behind with 73. Seeing the defending Champion out in the opening round.

Peter Wright lifts the Nordic Darts Masters
The Defending Champion crashes out in the Opening Round. Credit: PDC

Luke Humphries, the reigning World Champion, performed brilliantly in the opening round, averaging nearly 100. Conversely, Ben Drue-Reus averaged a respectable 91.79. Drue-Reus was unable to look for opportunities for a double, as seen by his one and only failed attempt at a double.

Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith faced off for the fifth time this year; the previous four meetings took place in the Premier League. It was an all too familiar matchup. The Bully Boy would again show to be too strong for the Asp, emerging victorious 6-3 once again.

After displaying his brilliance to bypass Peter Wright, Johan Engstrom was tasked with the World Number one, Luke Humphries. But Cool Hand wonlopsidedly 6-1 with five maximums in the process.