The PDC World Darts Championship is one of the biggest sporting events in Europe. Last night, Gerwyn Price was knocked out by Corey Cadby of Wales and it wasn’t even close.
The “darts” is a sport in which players throw metal darts at a board with three concentric circles, scoring points by hitting the inner circle. The “PDC World Darts Championship” is a professional darts tournament held annually in Wigan, England. Gerwyn Price was knocked out of the competition on Thursday night after losing to Michael van Gerwen in the quarter finals.
Gerwyn Price threw his third and last televised nine-darter of the 2022 event.
Despite throwing a nine-darter, reigning world champion Gerwyn Price was knocked out of the PDC World Darts Championship quarter-finals by Michael Smith.
Smith and Peter Wright, who won 5-4, are in the semi-finals at Alexandra Palace in London, with James Wade and Gary Anderson.
In another thrilling encounter, Wright fought back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Callan Rydz 5-4.
On Saturday afternoon, Wade and Anderson both won their quarter-finals.
“I’m overjoyed that I won. I’m ecstatic, to say the least “Smith said.
“All I have to do now is stay focused, prepared, and sleep properly, and then I’ll start thinking about playing, and who knows… I may show up tomorrow and play the worst darts I’ve ever played,” he continued.
On Sunday, Smith will face Wade in the first semi-final of the night, while Wright will face Anderson in the second semi-final, which will be an all-Scottish affair.
Price, the top seed, dominated England’s Smith in the first set with a 109 average.
Smith won the following three legs in a row, breaking Price’s throw in the second round with a 107 checkout to tie the match at 1-1.
Price, a Welshman, won the third set with a 125 and a 130 bullseye finish. Despite delivering his first broadcast nine-darter in the fourth set, Smith averaged a huge 121.33 to win the set and tie the match at 2-2.
In the fifth set, both players broke each other’s throws, but it was Price, the three-time Grand Slam winner, who threw a 108 to break Smith’s throw and win the match.
Smith won the sixth set, and Price won the seventh set by breaking Smith twice.
Price protested to the referee about off-putting sounds from the audience on his throw in the eighth set, and Price twice missed match darts to win the set.
Smith won the following two sets to get to the semi-finals of his second world title.
Rydz is outstanding, but Wright comes out on top.
Rydz, 23, from Bedlington, shone on the big stage at Ally Pally in the first match of the evening, throwing an outstanding 152 checkout to win the first leg and the first two sets of the match, throwing four 100+ checkouts in the process.
Wright, the 2020 world champion, won the third set, and Rydz won the fourth set to take a 3-1 lead.
Wright won the following leg with a 140 checkout and went on to win the fifth set with an 11-darter.
Second seed Wright nearly threw a nine-darter in the third leg of a sensational sixth set, missing the last double but winning the leg with ten darts.
Rydz leveled the set with a 141 checkout, but a calm Wright hit a 96 under duress with Rydz waiting on 20, tying the match at 3-3 and then winning the seventh.
Wright tied the game at 4-4 in the last leg and broke Rydz’s throw to advance to the final four.
Wade, 38, of England, beat fellow countryman Mervyn King 5-0 in the first quarter-final at Alexandra Palace earlier in the afternoon.
The second quarter-final was a much tighter, with two-time world champion Anderson defeating Luke Humphries in a thrilling match 5-2.
Anderson, the runner-up from last year’s World Championship, has advanced to his sixth semi-final after defeating Humphries, a 26-year-old Englishman.
Humphries pulled even at 2-2 after four sets, bringing the match to a 2-2 tie. Anderson, 51, of Scotland, broke Humphries’ throw in the fifth set’s last leg to take a 3-2 lead, then came back after the break with a 148 checkout to hold his throw and win the following set.
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Humphries had opportunities to break Anderson in his third World Championship quarter-final, and he came back in the seventh set to lead 2-1 in legs.
Anderson, on the other hand, threw a 108 finish to keep his throw alive and tie the game at 2-2.
Humphries narrowly missed the bull for a 170 checkout to capture the set, then missed two more darts at a double, allowing Anderson to check out with 80 required to win.
“I was pretty thrilled because the perfect shots arrived at the right moment,” Anderson remarked. “I still want to play darts and win,” he says.
Wade will make his fourth World Championship semi-final appearance, and his first in nine years, after his triumph on Saturday.
On his journey to the semi-finals, the fifth seed has only dropped one set, against Maik Kuivenhoven in round two.
In round three, the UK Open Champion was given a walkover when Vincent van der Voort was forced to retire due to a positive Covid-19 test.
Wade said, “I know I can do it.” “I win if I play well. If I don’t, I’m going to lose.”
Results from Saturday’s quarter-finals
Mervyn King 5-0 James Wade
Gary Anderson has a 5-2 record. Luke Humphries is a character in the film Luke Humphries
5-3 Peter Wright Rydz, Callan
4-5 Gerwyn Price Michael Smith is a writer and a musician.
Semi-finals on Sunday night’s schedule
James Wade vs. Michael Smith
Gary Anderson vs. Peter Wright
Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to price in darts?
A: Were not allowed to say.
What is the prize money for winning the World darts Championship?
A: The prize money is not yet known, but it is expected to be a hefty amount.
What is the prize money for the darts World Championship 2021?
A: The prize money for the darts World Championship 2021 is still not set.