Gerwyn Price issued a savage response to Michael van Gerwen’s 6-0 defeat.
While the Welshman went on to win night seven of the Darts Premier League in Nottingham, the Dutchman suffered a harrowing whitewash at the hands of Chris Dobey. In last night’s semi-final, the Premier League debutant produced a performance that quite frankly nobody could have predicted.
He started and ended with three-figure finishes as he ruthlessly ended his opponent's 10-game winning streak. After MVG suffered the first Premier League whitewash of his career, Price was rather unsupportive.
“Losing will knock Michael [Van Gerwen] back a bit, especially 6-0. It will hurt Michael – and I hope it hurts!", Price told Sky Sports Darts. The 38-year-old’s successful night featured a trio of 6-4 wins, firstly over compatriot Jonny Clayton in his quarter-final, then Dimitri Van den Bergh in the last four and finally Dobey.
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After his win in Nottingham, Price added: "I missed a couple of doubles and kept players in the game so I had to dig in. I knew I was playing well, I have been playing well for the last couple of weeks, and thankfully I won [here]. If I hit my doubles, nine times out of 10 I think I'll win games.
"The last couple of years the crowd have been on my back but they have been fantastic with me [this year]. If the crowd are behind me it shows I can play good darts and win nights.” Following his shocking defeat Van Gerwen took to twitter to congratulate Dobey on a breathtaking performance.
“Wasn’t to be in Nottingham tonight, I missed a few chances early but well done to @Dobey180 on the victory. Thank you to all the fans in Nottingham today who were fantastic.” In his opening match Dobey had led world champion Michael Smith 5-0, only for ‘Bully Boy’ to fight back to 5-4 before 'Hollywood' triumphed with a break of throw on the bull.
He was unable to land his second triumph of the campaign, after Belfast in Week One, with a loss to Price in last night’s final. As it stands, Price has jumped into second place in the table, ten points behind Van Gerwen at the top.
In the quarter-finals in Newcastle, Van Gerwen will face out-of-form Peter Wright and sixth-placed Dobey taking on third-placed Smith, while Price versus fellow Welshman Clayton once more and fifth-placed Van den Bergh up against fourth-placed Nathan Aspinall.
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