Gerwyn Price admits he almost boycotted PDC Worlds just 24 hours before match
Gerwyn Price turned his trial at the ministry of sound into a boos cruise – and revealed he nearly didn't turn up.
On his previous appearance in the Ally Pally madhouse, the 'Iceman' resorted to dustbin-lid headphones to block out the soundtrack of a hostile crowd.
And after a routine 3-0 win against Connor Scutt at the Paddy Power PDC World Championship, he admitted: “At six o'clock yesterday, I was still in the house and I probably wasn't going to play in the tournament.
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“Last year the Ally Pally crowd was on my back, and I was a bit apprehensive, but they were brilliant tonight.” If Price feared he would get a rougher ride than Michelle Mone's car-crash TV interview to “clear” her name, he need not have worried.
Although his reception from a full house around last orders was mixed, any hostility was only pantomime villain-grade and the 2021 champion soon warmed to his task. He took the first set, against the throw, in seven minutes and 27-year-old Scutt, from Kenley in south London's hinterlands, was soon resigned to his fate.
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Only when Price was within sight of the chequered flag did Price stumble, eventually nailing his seventh match dart and checking out with a respectable 98.01 average.
He added: “I've done that a lot of times in the past (missing match darts) but it was just a question of getting over the line and I'm thankful to get through that game.”
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Hong Kong's Man Lok Leung fired in 11 maximum 180s in his shock 3-2 win against Dutch prospect Gian Van Veen – and had to cancel his flight home.
Leung, 24, did not expect to progress beyond the first round on his Ally Pally debut, but he had to switch his booking on tonight's 11pm plane back to the former British colony after his superb display with a 96.26 average.
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