Gerwyn Price hit a 160 checkout to claim a 10-9 victory over Ian White and seal a place in his first major PDC semi-final.
It looked like White would finally break his major semi-final duck but he sent his dart at double 10 into double 15, allowing Price to return and take out 160 against the odds, to take win the last leg shootout.
White had reached the quarter-finals very much under the radar whilst Price had put an end to Paul Hogan’s fairytale run in the last 16. Hogan, a Riley’s qualifier, had defeated Gary Anderson and then Adrian Lewis before falling to defeat against the Iceman.
The first leg was slow, as both players took time to settle, White eventually clearing up on double eight to hold throw. Price held with a 13-darter to level proceedings before White cleaned up on tops, as the match continued to go with throw.
The Welshman then took back-to-back legs, producing a 13-darter in a high quality fourth leg to hold before breaking, taking a 3-2 lead into the first break. A poor visit of just seven from White had given Price the darts. The Iceman could not convert his first opportunity but Diamond made a real mess of a 100 checkout, allowing Price to return and take out double five with his last dart, to lead for the first time.
Price doubled his advantage after the break, with double ten seeing him move into a 4-2 lead, having taken three straight legs. White made the most of a sloppy seventh leg from his opponent though and hit a 13-darter of his own to hold throw and cut the deficit to one leg.
The Welshman soon restored his two leg advantage with an 11-dart leg, a well-timed 180 leaving him 47, which he killed cleanly in two darts. White replied with a 12-darter of his own, taking out 88 in three darts to keep the pressure on his opponent. The Iceman embodied his nickname though and kept his cool to maintain a two leg lead at the second break, missing two at double 20 before finding double 10 with his opponent waiting on 36.
White responded after the interval and held his throw once more in 13 darts to keep the pressure on Price, as he continued to press for that elusive break of throw. He had a chance in the twelfth leg but could not make any inroads into a 121 finish, allowing Price to return and make him pay, taking out a 105 checkout to hold throw.
Ironically, White hit a 121 finish in the following leg to hold throw before finally putting the Price throw under real pressure, giving himself six darts from 136 and taking out double 10 to level at 7-7. White’s dominance started to tell, making it three consecutive legs with a relatively pressure-free hold of throw.
Price kept himself in the match with a hold in the sixteenth leg but it was his turn to struggle to break throw. White had six darts from 161 but needed eight, taking out double 16 with the Welshman failing to put him under pressure.
White had previously never gone further than the quarter-finals of a PDC major and the occasion seemed to affect him, sloppy darts seeing him fail to get a shot at double despite dominating the eighteenth leg, allowing a clutch dart at double 10 from Price to send the occasion into a last leg shootout.
The last leg was a close affair but the experience of White appeared to have told, hitting 180 to leave double for the match. But he plundered his dart into the double 15, busting his score and allowing Price a shot at 160 for the match. He obliged, hitting two treble twenties before finding double 20 to reach his first ever PDC major semi-final.
For White the wait continues, as he has still not reached a major semi-final in his 20 year PDC career. Price meanwhile is in uncharted territory, his fantastic run seeing his ranking climb to 18, which could improve should his streak at the UK Open continue.