Gerwyn Price produced a stunning display to win day five of the Autumn Series.

In comparison to yesterday, Price averaged over 100 in every game bar the final, in which he defeated Krzysztof Ratajski 8-5.

It sees Price tops the Autumn Series Order of Merit, and secures him back to back Pro Tour titles for the second time in his career.

Elsewhere, day five of the Autumn Series saw:

  • Surprise runs from Brendan Dolan and Matt Clark
  • Simon Whitlock only make the quarter finals, which means he leads a list of players who can’t qualify for the Grand Prix
  • Devon Petersen hit a nine darter
  • Damon Heta reach the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts
It was double delight for Gerwyn Price as he won day five of the Autumn Series.

Iceman keeps his cool to win second straight title

Yesterday, Price flew under the radar before taking advantage of missed match darts from Devon Petersen in the final to win his 12th PDC title. Today, it was unlucky 13 for everyone The Iceman played.

After receiving a bye in round one due to Andy Hamilton pulling out, he made up for it in round two. Down 3-0 to Vincent van der Voort, he won six of the next seven legs to take a 6-4 victory, averaging 106.3 in the process. He then defeated Madars Razma 6-3 with a 103.5 to win board one.

The number one seed though was on a mission to finish top of the Order of Merit. After beating Chris Dobey 6-2 in round four, averaging 103.0, he then broke the James Wade throw in the final leg to win 6-5 with a monster 107.4 average. That was the victory that saw him be number one this week, going ahead of Michael van Gerwen after he lost 6-3 in the quarter finals to Jose De Sousa

Price continued to be in full flow, winning 7-3 against De Sousa with a 104.5 average. That set up a final against Ratajski, as he looked to win two straight Pro Tour titles for the second time in his career. After Price held throw to lead 1-0, the next nine legs saw nine straight breaks of throw.

The turning point of the final came in the 10th leg. After Ratajski had left 82 after 9, he missed seven darts to win the leg and level the match at 5-5. Price then cooly hit double 10 for an 18 dart break to go 6-4 up, which broke the Polish Eagle’s spirit. That was to be the last break of the contest, as Price held throw twice to win day five of the Autumn Series 8-5 and take home his 13th PDC title of his career.

Polish Eagle soars under the radar

Krzysztof Ratajski made his second Pro Tour final of the year, but it was far from expected with his performances today. He began with a 6-2 win over fellow countryman Krzysztof Kciuk, averaging 103.2 in the game. A 6-2 win against Adrian Gray, and a 6-3 victory over Peter Jacques saw the Polish Eagle win his board.

Ratajski then hung in games, and found the crucial shots to win them. He beat World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van Den Bergh 6-4 in the last 16, before beating Simon Whitlock 6-0 in the last eight to end the Australian’s hopes of qualifying for the World Grand Prix.

In the semi final, Ratajski faced Brendan Dolan, and withstood a scoring barrage from the Northern Irishman in the early stages. Dolan was averaging 114 at one stage, but Ratajski cooly grew into the contest and won four straight legs in the middle of it, effectively sealing his place in the final.

He eventually came through 7-4 against the History Maker to set up the final against Price, where again he hung in. This time though, he could not hold his throw when breaking at crucial moments, the 10th leg being the deciding factor. Still though, making a final will give Ratajski confidence heading into the World Series of Darts Finals this weekend, where he faces Mensur Suljovic in round one.

Krzysztof Ratajski made the final could not win his second Pro Tour title of the year. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

What else happened?

Elsewhere on day five of the Autumn Series, good runs from De Sousa and Dolan saw them all but secure their World Grand Prix qualifying spot. However, the surprise run of the day goes to Matt Clark, who made his first Pro Tour quarter final in nearly eight years.

Another player who made the quarter finals was Simon Whitlock, who was looking to make a Pro Tour final to qualify for the Grand Prix. Sadly, The Wizard left himself too much to do, and cannot qualify for the event in Coventry, along with the likes of:

  • Steve Beaton
  • Jonny Clayton
  • Ross Smith
  • Vincent van der Voort
  • Martijn Kleermaker

Damon Heta lost in the first round on day five of the Autumn Series, and dropped out of the qualification spots. He will not be at the Grand Prix, as he, like those above, did not qualify for the Euro Tour event in Germany next week.

However, Heta will be at the Grand Slam of Darts in November. As the top three in the Autumn Series Order of Merit are:

  • Gerwyn Price
  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Peter Wright

They’ve already qualified for the event. As such, the spot goes to the player next highest in the ranking, which is Heta.

Finally, congratulations to Devon Petersen, who hit a nine darter in his second round loss to Dimitri Van den Bergh.

View the:

View the:

  • PDC Order of Merit. The top 16 players on this will be seeded for the World Grand Prix.
  • PDC Pro Tour of Merit.Β The top 16 players who aren’t already in the top 16 on the normal order of merit will qualify.

Day Five Results

Final

Gerwyn Price v Krzysztof Ratajski

Semi Finals

Gerwyn Price 7-3 Jose De Sousa

Krzysztof Ratajski 7-4 Brendan Dolan

Quarter Finals

Gerwyn Price 6-5 James Wade

Jose De Sousa 6-3 Michael van Gerwen

Brendan Dolan 6-3 Matt Clark

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Simon Whitlock

Round Four

Gerwyn Price 6-2 Chris Dobey

James Wade 6-4 Jamie Hughes

Jose De Sousa 6-5 Callan Rydz

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Karel Sedlacek

Brendan Dolan 6-4 Scott Baker

Matt Clark 6-4 Danny Noppert

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Simon Whitlock 6-2 Bradley Brooks

Round Three

Gerwyn Price 6-3 Madars Razma

Chris Dobey 6-4 Rob Cross

James Wade 6-3 Adam Hunt

Jamie Hughes 6-4 Daryl Gurney

Callan Rydz 6-3 Carl Wilkinson

Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena

Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Ryan Joyce

Scott Baker 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Brendan Dolan 6-5 Scott Mitchell

Matt Clark 6-3 Keegan Brown

Danny Noppert 6-5 Stephen Bunting

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Peter Jacques

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Dave Chisnall

Bradley Brooks 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker

Simon Whitlock 6-5 Glen Durrant

Round Two

Gerwyn Price 6-4 Vincent van der Voort

Madars Razma 6-3 Geert Nentjes

Rob Cross 6-2 Reece Robinson

Chris Dobey 6-1 Mike De Decker

James Wade 6-4 Boris Krcmar

Adam Hunt 6-4 Jonny Clayton

Daryl Gurney 6-4 Jason Lowe

Jamie Hughes 6-1 Mickey Mansell

Carl Wilkinson 6-3 Kirk Shepherd

Callan Rydz 6-4 Scott Waites

Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jelle Klaasen

Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Steve Beaton

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Brian Raman

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 John Henderson

Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Max Hopp

Ryan Joyce 6-5 Justin Hood

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Peter Wright

Scott Baker 6-4 Steve West

Brendan Dolan 6-4 Andrew Gilding

Scott Mitchell 6-3 Ryan Murray

Matt Clark 6-4 Josh Payne

Keegan Brown 6-3 Kim Huybrechts

Danny Noppert 6-5 Andy Boulton

Stephen Bunting 6-5 Luke Humphries

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Adrian Gray

Peter Jacques 6-5 Harald Leitinger

Dave Chisnall 6-5 Niels Zonneveld

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Devon Petersen

Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Ian White

Bradley Brooks 6-3 Lisa Ashton

Glen Durrant 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven

Simon Whitlock 6-4 Gabriel Clemens

Round One

Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Derk Telenkes

Madars Razma 6-3 William Borland

Geert Nentjes W-F Jamie Lewis

Rob Cross 6-3 Ryan Hogarth

Reece Robinson 6-5 Benito van de Pas

Mike De Decker 6-5 Joe Cullen

Chris Dobey 6-1 Steve Brown

James Wade 6-5 Ryan Meikle

Boris Krcmar 6-4 Joe Murnan

Jonny Clayton 6-3 Steffen Siepmann

Adam Hunt 6-4 Scott Taylor

Daryl Gurney 6-1 Justin Pipe

Jason Lowe 6-2 Richard North

Jamie Hughes 6-1 Kai Fan Leung

Mickey Mansell 6-2 Vincent Van der Meer

Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Nathan Aspinall

Carl Wilkinson 6-4 Jesus Noguera

Scott Waites 6-2 Ross Smith

Callan Rydz 6-3 Ricky Evans

Jose De Sousa 6-3 Marko Kantele

Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Aaron Beeney

Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Conan Whitehead

Steve Beaton 6-5 Gavin Carlin

Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Barrie Bates

Brian Raman 6-4 Jan Dekker

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Jitse Van der Wal

John Henderson 6-2 Graham Usher

Max Hopp 6-5 Michael Smith

Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Matthew Edgar

Ryan Joyce 6-4 Mark McGeeney

Justin Hood 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp

Peter Wright 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-1 Ted Evetts

Steve West 6-4 Damon Heta

Scott Baker 6-2 Robert Collins

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Darren Webster

Andrew Gilding 6-2 Daniel Larsson

Ryan Murray 6-4 Ryan Searle

Scott Mitchell 6-2 Nathan Derry

Matt Clark 6-4 Mensur Suljovic

Josh Payne 6-2 Christian Bunse

Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Darius Labanauskas

Keegan Brown 6-2 Adrian Lewis

Danny Noppert 6-4 Robert Thornton

Andy Boulton 6-2 Nick Kenny

Stephen Bunting 6-2 Jeff Smith

Luke Humphries 6-4 Martin Schindler

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk

Adrian Gray 6-5 Alan Tabern

Harald Leitinger 6-2 Mervyn King

Peter Jacques 6-5 William O’Connor

Dave Chisnall 6-2 James Wilson

Niels Zonneveld 6-1 David Pallett

Devon Petersen 6-1 Steve Lennon

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 John Michael

Ian White 6-5 Arjan Konterman

Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Toni Alcinas

Bradley Brooks 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan

Lisa Ashton 6-3 Luke Woodhouse

Glen Durrant 6-2 Wayne Jones

Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Maikel Verberk

Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Gary Blades

Simon Whitlock 6-1 Harry Ward

Gerwyn Price received a bye to round 2, as Andy Hamilton withdrew from the tournament.