Gerwyn Price retained his International Darts Open title, beating on Rob Cross 8-6 in a thrilling final.
This past Year the Iceman claimed his maiden European Tour title in Reisa and he returned to help keep his hands on the prize with a run that culminating at a classy closing against Voltage
Cost whose two titles this season arrived with a Players Championship twice in February, started his weekend’s work on Saturday with a 6-4 win on Kyle Anderson and on Sunday the identical scoreline accounted for Joe Murnan and then a quarter-final win over UK Open winner Nathan Aspinall, who had headed 4-2.
He produced his best screen in the semi-finals against Glen Durrant, yanking clear to take a victory and seven rebounds from 13 attempts, such as a 144 checkout, as he transferred to the decider.
The Welshman secured the prize title in a that watched Cross, who also beat Peter Wright, Joe Cullen, Richard North and John Henderson into the closing, enjoy the better of the early stages.
A 12-dart fracture of throw saw Voltage in front and a sensational 148 checkout saw 4-2 moves up. The Iceman’s 121 got him back inside a leg only for Cross to border clear again before Cost awakened in style.
A few clutch third-dart doubling saw him take the following three legs to maneuver 6-5 up, penalizing three misses. Voltage recovered to level but Cost followed a 177 with an 88 end to border up 7-6 prior to shooting 108 on shirts out to ensure the title.
“It is the first time that I’ve defended a title, so I’m over the moon,” said Price, who can defend his Grand Slam of Darts name in November.
“Every match is similar to that [closing ] for me today and once I play with people like Glen along with the very best players in the world like Rob, it’s never going to be easy. I am delighted to have over the winning line.
“I had three weeks away and after the break, I was not very confident – I changed my darts, had a new set of darts and it seemed to work for me personally.
“I usually start pretty nicely at the start of the season and then cut off, hopefully that is a bit different this year. After winning this , I confident today.
“Maybe [I’ll possess ] a weekend following week after which I can look forward to Gibraltar and the rest of the year.”
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It’s not long to wait till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 6 at Dublin’s Citywest Arena and seven times of policy continues until the closing on Saturday.

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