The Ice Man And The Ferret Combine To Put Wales On Top Of The World

Wales have new world champions – although it’s a reclaimed crown for dynamic darts duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton.

It’s not often Wales can boast they have won a World Cup, but then the nation is not often blessed with not just one, but two of the best competitors in the world in their chosen field.

So, a huge ‘Da iawn’ is due to Price and Clayton for a job magnificently done at the weekend, when they lifted the World Cup of Darts for the second time.

Their second trophy for Wales was secured with a clinical performance in their 10-2 victory over Scotland’s Gary Anderson and Peter Wright in Frankfurt.

A year ago, Price and Clayton again reached the final, but lost to Australia.

The 2020 champions had beaten Belgium in a nervy 8-7 thriller to reach the title decider against the Scots, who had eliminated German hosts Gabriel Clemens and Martin Schindler to set up the all-British final.

The Iceman Price credited his team-mate for the win, telling Sky Sports: “Honestly I think I struggled a little bit in that game. Jonny was the one to pick our trophy up. He won it for us tonight.

“He was fantastic at scoring, checking out. I was there in between but he was clinical. Fair play to Jonny. What a player, an absolute gentleman as well.

“It’s a difficult sport against the best players in the world week-in and week-out and to win by that margin is a little bit flattering. We’re thrilled to win and Jonny carried me tonight, so happy days.”

The Scots were still in good spirits as Anderson lavished praise on his opponents, though he joked he might not feel so festive come the end of the year.

He said: “The Welsh have got a cracking darts team. We tried, and we’re not getting any younger but we’ll still try.

“You’ve got Gerwyn, what he’s done in darts over the last few years and you’ve got the Ferret (Clayton) – I ain’t sending him no Christmas card this year!”

Another Welsh star who enjoyed a winning weekend was athlete Melissa Courtney-Bryant.

She moved into second place on the Welsh all-time 1500 metre rankings as she clocked a lifetime best of 4 min, 00.45 sec in winning at the Stanislas Meeting in Nancy, France on Sunday.

The 29-year-old cracked the qualifying mark for the British squad for the World Championships this summer for a second time this month.

Courtney-Bryant edged ever closer to Hayley Tullett’s current record Welsh mark of 3.59.95 set at the World Championships in Paris 20 years ago.

Welsh rally star Osian Pryce was unable to taste similar triumph over the weekend, but his 14th place finish at Rally Latvia marked significant progress.

It was only Price’s second FIA European Rally Championship event in a Škoda Fabia Rally2.

“My lack of experience with the Fabia is showing and we’ve been chasing our tails as regards the set up on this event – but we know the pace is there and it’s just a case of unlocking it,” said Pryce.

Some technical tweaks that Pryce made improved the Fabia, as he and co-driver Stéphane Prévot moved from 13th to 11th on day one.

However, some adjustments simply didn’t work and instead made the car more difficult to drive, and on day two Pryce slipped back to finish 14th.

Welsh tumbler Megan Surman has announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics.

The 24-year-old, originally from Swansea, bows out as a multiple major championship medallist.

Surman said: “After tearing my Achilles last year, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my gymnastics career to date and think about what the future holds outside of the sport.”