Coventry wins seals Price second title

Gerwyn Price won his second consecutive Players Championship title on Saturday, averaging over 108 in the final against Jamie Caven. With the world’s top four players absent from Players Championship Eight at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry – following Thursday’s Betway Premier League Play-Offs and ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters – it was Price who stepped up and took home the £10,000 top prize. The Welshman started his day in Coventry with a 6-4 win over Terry Temple before victories against Dirk van Duijvenbode, Mervyn King and Cristo Reyes earned him a place in the quarter-finals. The last eight provided Price with his toughest test of the day as he needed a deciding leg to see off ninth seed Mensur Suljovic. The 31-year-old then faced a resurgent Ronnie Baxter – who earlier in the day had beaten Kim Huybrechts and Simon Whitlock – in the semi-finals as a 6-4 triumph moved him through to the final, where he saved his best display for last. The former rugby star enjoyed a 6-1 victory with a 108 average against Caven – who himself averaged 101 – as Price won his second Players Championship title in less than a month. Caven’s route to the final saw him face and defeat Paul Milford, Simon Stevenson, Matthew Dennant, Scott Dale, Andy Jenkins and third seed Dave Chisnall before running into an inspired Price in the final. Baxter’s run to the semi-finals was his best performance for a year as he defeated Andy Hamilton, Kim Huybrechts, Alan Tabern, Simon Whitlock and Jonny Clayton to reach the last four alongside in-form Chisnall, who has been a European Tour runner-up for the past two weekends. Austrian ace Suljovic was joined in the quarter-finals by Welsh left-hander Mark Webster, Clayton and experienced Portsmouth ace Jenkins.

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