The Darts Column. All eyes on a Gezzy Price!

By Polly James, Sky Sports Presenter.

Happy to report that since the last time we spoke, Gezzy Price has been flying. I think it’s fair to say and by his own admissions has got his pizzazz back!

We are knocking on the door of the halfway point in this year’s Premier League of Darts which makes its way up and down the country and across the channel to showcase the world’s top players in a mini-tournament each week. The 8 players fight it out in an attempt to reach the play-offs. The top four players of the league stage will then head to the play-offs to decide the champion of the Premier League at The O2 Arena in London on Thursday 25 May.

Gezzy’s first weekly title of the campaign came on Welsh soil in a triumphant homecoming in Cardiff last month where he produced an electric display in the final to deny Chris Dobey. He kicked off the night in an all Welsh clash with a 6-4 win over World Cup team-mate Jonny Clayton, before averaging 101 and taking out 156 on his way to defeating Dimitri van den Bergh by the same score-line. He then overturned a 4-3 deficit in the final by reeling off three consecutive legs to claim victory and bolster his hopes of reaching the play-offs for the first time. A feat that Gez is so desperate to achieve.

during the Premier League event at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham on Thursday 16th March 2023.

He admitted feeling edgy against Jonny in his first game of the night ‘’I very rarely feel as nervous as I did in that game; I knew I could slip down the table if I lost so I needed that win and then I found my feet in the last two matches’’. It’s well known that Gezzy is very comfortable and confident playing his pal Jonny and maybe that first game warmed him up just right. A happy Gez is a winning Gez.

Showing signs of his former World number 1 status and form it was a great couple of days for Gerwyn after the Premier League win in Nottingham. On the Monday after he took part in the Players Championship 8 event in Germany, where he defeated his Premier League rival Michael van Gerwen en route to reaching the semi-finals, denying the Dutchman a second Players Championship title in as many days.

He also averaged 105 in wins over Ricky Evans and Scott Williams, before later claiming a deciding-leg win against Luke Woodhouse in the last eight. A stunning set of results and stats as he warms up brilliantly for an exciting year ahead.

So what is next? 

Will Gerwyn Price go back-to-back with more Premier League titles? Will Jonny Clayton claim his first? One thing is for sure… as the World Cup of Darts looms we have a cracking, world-class Welsh team!