Last update September 21, 2022 8:17 PM (UK time)
The World Darts Championships came to an exciting conclusion Sunday night in Amsterdam as “Iceman” Jeroen Price completed a decisive victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode. This victory marks the Welshman’s second World Championship title this year after winning a race New Zealand Darts Masters in Hamilton. It is also the second time that Price has won the finals after his last victory in 2020.
Price had beaten a former James Wade winner to reach the final by defeating Masters champion Joe Cullen in the quarter-finals. Similarly, Dirk van Duygenbaud delighted the crowd in Amsterdam by defeating another former World Championship archery champion Johnny Clayton to advance to the final. The Dutchman had already defeated Ryan Joyce in the quarter-finals.
The opening legs went with a throw and we only got our first break from the final in the fifth second leg. Price, despite busting his first leg win attempt, was given a second chance by Titan and inadvertently took it by knocking out 56 times with an unconventional double double finish.
The final seemed to be going the Welsh’s way as he pinned the tops to open a two-legged cushion, but that didn’t deter Van Dugenbaud who came back again and won three straight legs to put his nose in front again 5-4.
However, the world number one was not easily defeated, and Price himself came back strong for an impressive 146, after hitting a triple by 18 seconds, to tie the match with a score of 7-7.
Van Duijvenbode responded in great style as he took the 15th first leg single-belly plus exit on his own, finishing 112 on the double top to the delight of his Amsterdam fans. However, as the match drew to a close, the Snowman really started to show his class, and in the 17th second leg, Price silenced the Dutch fans with an extra finish for a ton as he skillfully took 115 to reclaim the lead in the final.
Van Dugenbaud was still in an undeniable mood and shot 11 arrows to equalize the results again. In the nineteenth stage, Titan came painfully close to a thrilling 170-point finish before winning the leg in Double 4 to take just one away from glory in front of his home crowd.
Price had other ideas though as he took out 12 arrows to force the decision maker this strained bond deserved. “The Iceman” then showed why he is the world number one as he left 90 after 12 darts and finished the race in 2 to win the World Darts Championship Finals title.
In the win, Gerwyn Price averaged 100.14 hit three tons plus pull-ups and was 50% on his wives. Van Duijvenbode managed to push it all the way with a maximum of seven degrees, with an average of 97.69 and 52.6% in his wives.
Price felt it was his experience that helped him dig in and defeat his spirited opponent.
“I let him off the hook a few times but I just wanted to give myself a chance in the last game – I have a bit more composure and more experience than Dirk on that leg and that’s all that matters.”
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Van Duijvenbode was frustrated that he was not able to maintain his composure until the end.
“It’s a little disappointing because apart from that category, I could have won it in the end if I had made up myself better.”
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next Defeat in the final of this year’s World Championships to Michael Van GerwinPrice responded in the best possible way by winning two New Zealand Darts Masters titles and the World Darts Championship finals.
“The Iceman” will be confident entering the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam, two tournaments he has traditionally done well. He will defend his title in the Grand Slam Looking forward to regaining the Grand Prix Cup He lost in the final to Johnny Clayton last years. He had won the title in 2020 by defeating van Duijvenbode in the final.
However, more success in these tournaments could see him head well into the World Championships as he looks to reclaim the World Champion title from Peter Wright.
For Van Duijvenbode, reaching the third televised final means he has qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts that will take place in November. He can take a lot of positives from his journey to the final and the fact that he was able to push the best player in the world to a crucial stage should give him confidence that his first televised title isn’t too far away.