Gerwyn Price edged out Dirk van Duijvenbode to win a second PDC World Series of Darts Finals Title at AFAS Live in Amsterdam on Sunday evening.
A Fitting Finale
In a final worthy of ending any tournament, the World Number one emerged victorious in a last leg thriller.
It was a fabulous performance. Under a barrage of big trebles from The Titan, Price averaged 100.14 across the 21 legs, running out an 11-10 victor.
The Iceman took a lead into the first break, capitalising on two missed darts at double from Dirk to break in 15 darts for a 3-2 lead.
The Dutchman hit back in the second session. Three straight legs putting him 5-4 up before Price held in 15 darts once more, as they went into the interval level.
The third session went with throw, five straight holds meaning that going into the final session, van Duijvenbode led 8-7 and was maybe just beginning to believe he could win his first PDC TV title infront of his home crowd.
The Aubergenius came out from the break with his AirPods in, as he tried to keep himself calm. It seemed to have worked for him, as he kicked off with a 180 and left 82 after 9 darts. He wouldn’t get a shot at it though as Price hit a magnificent 121 on the bull to level the match once more.
Price broke the Dutchman’s throw in the very next leg as he took the lead for the first time since 4-2. The Titan wouldn’t lie down though, hitting two 180s in the next leg on his way to an 11 dart break back. A rare poor leg from Price allowed an 18 dart hold to put van Duijvenbode one leg away from victory, before Price held to take us to a decider.
The experience of winning on the big stage told in the final leg, while van Duijvenbode was rattled by a shout from the crowd, Price held his nerve. Eventually taking out Double 15 for a 14 dart break of throw and the title.
The Road to the Final
Starting off the final day of the World Series of Darts Finals, we saw Gerwyn Price taking on Joe Cullen. Teasing what was to come from him, the Welshman came flying out of the blocks. He raced into a 3-0 lead before being pegged back. He broke again in the 13th leg to take a lead he never relinquished, winning 10-8.
van Duijvenbode kicked off his campaign against Ryan Joyce, and survived a huge scare. Joyce missed a dart at double top at 9-8, as Dirk took out 98 in two darts. He then held throw in what wouldn’t be his only last leg decider of the day to win 10-9.
In the evening session, Price was a 11-9 victor over James Wade. Wade had earlier beaten Michael Smith 10-5 in their quarter final, but was no match for Price down the stretch. The 13th leg once again proving unlucky for his opponents, as he broke for a lead that he wouldn’t lose.
In his semi final, van Duijvenbode defeated defending champion Jonny Clayton, 11-8. Clayton had beaten home favourite Michael van Gerwen earlier in the day, but the semi final and another Dutchman proved a bridge too far in the defence of his title.
PDC World Series of Darts Finals Results
2022 Jack’s World Series of Darts Finals
Sunday September 18, AFAS Live, Amsterdam
Gerwyn Price 10-8 Joe Cullen
Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-9 Ryan Joyce
James Wade 10-5 Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton 10-7 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 11-9 James Wade
Dirk van Duijvenbode 11-8 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 11-10 Dirk van Duijvenbode