The Iceman Triumphs at Players Championship 6
World Champion Gerwyn Price picked up his first ranking title since his Ally Pally success, winning Players Championship 6 final 8-5 over Luke Humphries.
The Iceman’s form throughout the event was red-hot as averaging 102.89 across his seven matches on his way to the title, including a 102.2 average in the final.
He overcame Chris Dobey in the first round and was taken all the way to a deciding leg by Andrew Gilding in round two, before seeing off Rowby-John Rodriguez, Scott Mitchell and Michael Smith to reach the semi-finals.
There, he had to battle across 13 legs before ending Brendan Dolan's dreams of claiming back-to-back Players Championship wins in a high-quality contest, surviving a missed bullseye from Tuesday's champion before taking the deciding leg in 14 darts to avenge a defeat to the Northern Irishman 24 hours earlier.
A 12-dart break of throw from Price in the opening leg of the final set the tone for another top-notch affair, with Humphries responding with a 13-darter before edging ahead.
Price took the next two to lead 3-2, and after Humphries finished 79 to level in leg six, four in a row for the World Champion - as he reeled off legs of 14, 13, 15 and 13 darts - stamped his authority on the game at 7-3.
Humphries hit back with a 13-darter and took out 126 on the bull for a 12-darter to keep his hopes alive, but Price found a key 174 score to leave 20 in the next before a third-dart double ten sealed the title.
"I'm enjoying darts and playing well," admitted Price. "Every game I play is really tough because everyone's raising their game against me.
"It brings the best out of me and it's another win for me, so hopefully I can push on from here and pick up a couple more.
"I've been playing pretty decent - sometimes I miss a couple of doubles, if you give people chances they're going to take them and Brendan did exactly that yesterday.
"Obviously everyone's out to beat you and I've got a big target on my back, but it's nice to get another win under my belt. I'm playing well but people are playing well against me as well."
Humphries' run to the decider followed up his recent appearance in the Ladbrokes UK Open final ten days ago, as he narrowly missed out in a second senior ranking final.
The former World Youth Champion knocked out former World Champions Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright as well as Ian White, Gordon Mathers and World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode, before pinning a 122 bull finish in the deciding leg of his semi-final with Jamie Hughes.
Hughes' run to the last four was an encouraging return to form following his elbow surgery earlier this year as he won five matches on Wednesday.
Dutchman Van Duijvenbode was appearing in a second successive quarter-final of PDC Super Series 2, with fellow countryman Niels Zonneveld, UK Open champion James Wade and Tuesday's runner-up Michael Smith also reaching the last eight.
The PDC Super Series 2 action continues on Thursday with Players Championship 7, as the 128 players return to compete for a further £75,000 in prize money from 1400 GMT.
Live streaming from two boards simultaneously throughout the event will be available in PDCTV at video.pdc.tv
2021 Players Championship 6
Wednesday March 17, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Joe Cullen
James Wade 6-4 Jason Heaver
Michael Smith 6-2 Gino Vos
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Mervyn King
Luke Humphries 6-4 Peter Wright
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Brendan Dolan 6-3 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Michael Smith
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Luke Humphries 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Brendan Dolan
Luke Humphries 7-6 Jamie Hughes
Gerwyn Price 8-5 Luke Humphries