Dunvegan Darts’ Gary Anderson lost 7-3 to Gerwyn Price in the 2021 World Darts Championship Final.
Anderson, bidding for his third World title, was unable to keep up with Price’s double hitting in the first six sets. Despite a late comeback, he could not stop The Iceman becoming the tenth player to lift the PDC World Darts Championship.
The Flying Scotsman got off to the perfect start, holding and then breaking to go 2-0 up in the first set. However, he then missed three set darts in leg three, and unfortunately they would prove costly. Price broke back, before winning the remaining two legs in the opener to take a 1-0 lead. The Iceman went 1-0 ahead in the second set, but Anderson responded excellently. Holding throw with a 128, he reeled off the next two legs in 32 darts to level the match at 1-1.
The third set saw Price go 2-0 up, before Anderson held with an outstanding 170 Big Fish checkout. However, it did not stop his opponent from holding on tops in the next leg to take a 2-1 lead. The Iceman had the darts for the fourth set, and increased his advantage, finding tops to take the set 3-1 and lead by the same scoreline.
Anderson was unable to stop Price from continuing his hot streak in the fifth. A 15 dart break, followed by a 15 dart hold, saw The Iceman reel off his four straight set. The sixth set was where Price was at his best. He reeled off the set in just 33 darts, missing double 12 for a nine dart leg. He averaged 136.62, the highest ever set average in a World Darts Championship match, to go 5-1 in front.
The two time World Champion kept the match going in the seventh. After trailing 2-0, he punished five missed set darts from Price to win it 3-2 and cut the deficit to 5-2. Another deciding leg happened in the next set, where The Iceman hit tops for a 13 darter and went within one of the match.
However, it seemed Welshman started to realise what he was about to do in the ninth set. He missed nine match darts, as Anderson found a 13 darter to hold throw in the deciding leg and cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Flying Scotsman then went 2-0 up in the 10th set, as it looked like an incredible comeback might be starting to happen. However, Price recovered on his double hitting, and when Anderson missed two for the set in the fourth leg, took out double ten to set up a fourth straight deciding leg of a set. There, Anderson missed another four to extend the match, and Price found double five on his 12th match dart to complete the victory 7-3.
While obviously disappointing for Gary, another World Championship Final is a fantastic way to round off the season for him. He’ll start next year at world number eight, and will also be involved in the Premier League for the tenth time in his career. He will be back in action at The Masters later this month.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photos: Chris Dean/PDC