Gerwyn Price jokes he has 14 weeks of hell coming up in swipe at darts crowds

For darts star Gerwyn Price right now, there really is no place like home.

The 2021 world champion returned to winning ways at the latest Premier League meeting in Cardiff on Thursday night in front of a raucous home crowd. And 'The Iceman' savoured every moment of having night on 8,000 fans behind him, especially given he has "14 weeks of hell" upon him.

Price beat Chris Dobey, Michael van Gerwen and Nathan Aspinall to secure a maximum five league points and £10,000 prize, with his clash against MVG in particular going down to the wire. It follows a tempestuous period in the career of the 37-year-old, whose perception as a pantomime villain descended into farce at the World Championships when he wore ear defenders to drown out the boos of the Ally Pally crowd.

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But speaking on stage after beating Aspinall, the star clearly enjoyed having his name sung in a positive manner, a notion he's clearly not expecting to be repeated in the next three and a half months: "I love them (the crowd), because it's not very often I get this," he said.

"And I'm sucking it all up, I'm taking every double, every treble, because I've got 14 weeks of hell coming up. So thank you very much, I've got one win on the board, and if I get another then happy days."

And when asked by fellow Welsh player-turned-commentator Mark Webster if it was the crowd support that made the difference, there was little hesitation: "100%. How did I win against Michael? I've lost games like that with the crowd against me but these got me over the line against Michael, Chris, and Nathan.

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"Can we play in Cardiff every week? Cardiff, Swansea, Wrexham? Honestly, I don't get this at all. So once a year – I appreciate it. I was a little bit lucky tonight but my form will come back and I'll win when I deserve it too."

The irony of the crowd allegiance wasn't lost on the two finalists, with the Cardiff crowd pointedly booing Aspinall in an apparent response to the treatment Price gets over the border. And the Englishman shared a joke with his rival when he defied jeers to bring the score back to 5-3.

Aspinall and Price remain joint top after just two events, along with van Gerwen and Dobey. Night three takes place at the OVO Hydro Arena in Glasgow next Thursday, February 16.


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