OK, anybody else watching the PDC World Championship of Darts

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I just got done watching the Gerwyn Price vs Stephen Bunting match and Price takes it by a score of 6 sets to 4. Very hard fought match and when tied at 4 sets all, it looked like it was anybody's game to win but Price rose to the occasion and buckled down to win.

Up next is the second semi-final match between Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall and to me, that one is too close to call. Anderson has been playing well and Chisnall is a scoring machine with hitting huge numbers of 180's during his matches.

Either way, it should be a great final tomorrow.
 

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Yeah I've been watching it. Chizzy was brilliant against Van Gerwen in the quarter final but never turned up against Anderson last night.
Hope Anderson beats Price in the final but can't see it. They've went head to head eight times with Anderson winning only once.
 
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Yeah I've been watching it. Chizzy was brilliant against Van Gerwen in the quarter final but never turned up against Anderson last night.
Hope Anderson beats Price in the final but can't see it. They've went head to head eight times with Anderson winning only once.
I missed the Chizzy/Anderson match, but you are right. If Chizzy would have played like he did against MVG the day before, Anderson would have likely been swept aside. I can't recall MVG looking so lost in a match like he was against Dave. Chisnall was throwing great darts for scores and taking his out shots with precision and beat MVG 5-0 for an embarrassing shut-out that MVG will certainly feel the sting of defeat for a while.


The finals with Anderson and Price should be well paced. Price has the motivation of the fact if he wins, he then becomes the World's #1 ranked player, taking that honor from MVG, who has held it for the past several years now, plus becoming the reigning World Champion, his first.

Ando wins and it's World Title #3 for him--------plus the 500K British Pounds Sterling as prize money being some life changing coinage to the winner.

Not really sure who I'd like to see win since I do like both players in this one. I think it will all come down to Anderson not letting Price get under his skin like Price is prone to do to some opponents. I just hope for a good, clean, no drama match as far as antics by either player and may the better man win.
 
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Brad Bunzl

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I agree if Price gets into Anderson's head, which is quite easy to do then there's only one winner.
IMO if Anderson had the same mental strength as Phil Taylor he'd have won a lot more world championships, he has/had the ability.
 
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Well, so far Price leading 3 sets to 1 and seemingly on cruise control. He's hitting an incredible 75% of his out shots and also scoring more than Gary on just about every turn at the board.

In a race to 7 sets, if it keeps going like this, it may be one of the shortest finals in PDC history, but I'm not giving up on Ando since he does possess the game to make a run at the title.
 
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OK folks, Price takes it 7-3 and becomes the new World's #1 player and World Champion.
 

Brad Bunzl

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Price deserved to win, he kinda stumbled over the line but was easily the best player. His darts in the 6th set were unbelievable,
he won the set 3-0 in 11, 12 and 10 darts averaging 136.6.
 
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Anderson was very disappointing last night I thought. His scoring wasn't heavy enough and his finishing was pretty bad too. Saying that Price was close to unplayable at times last night and he hardly missed a dart when going for tops.
 
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Anderson was very disappointing last night I thought. His scoring wasn't heavy enough and his finishing was pretty bad too. Saying that Price was close to unplayable at times last night and he hardly missed a dart when going for tops.
Just to add to what you said, that set where Price won 3 legs in 33 darts was incredible, and a backbreaker for Gary. Price averaged just over 136 points per throw in that set and finished legs in 11, 10 & 12 darts.

He did show his human side when it came down to hitting match darts with all the misses that allowed Gary to take a set from him, but did buckle down and hit that final out shot for the title.

I think if Gary could have made it 6-4 in sets, the outcome may have been the same, but a hell of a lot closer if he could have thrown some doubt in Price's mind.

Hats off to Price for a match well played and for a great interview afterwards.
 
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Don’t you have to add and subtract in darts?
We've found the guy who's never played darts before, at least in any official capacity as in an actual game approved by darting organizations.

I've been a scorekeeper in many matches on the local level and have attended, and played in a few pro tournaments here in the States and the scorekeeper is an important part of the game, especially at tournament level with being accurate in tallying the score thrown and subtracting it from the previous score to come to a current score.

Done so in an accurate and speedy manner helps with the flow of the game for the players. This is why on the professional level like the PDC and BDO there are usually 3 people on stage, one referee who is the score caller and mediates any problems that may arise on stage and 2 scorekeepers(one for each player) who write down the score the referee calls and subtracts that number from the running total.
 
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Just to add to what you said, that set where Price won 3 legs in 33 darts was incredible, and a backbreaker for Gary. Price averaged just over 136 points per throw in that set and finished legs in 11, 10 & 12 darts.

He did show his human side when it came down to hitting match darts with all the misses that allowed Gary to take a set from him, but did buckle down and hit that final out shot for the title.

I think if Gary could have made it 6-4 in sets, the outcome may have been the same, but a hell of a lot closer if he could have thrown some doubt in Price's mind.

Hats off to Price for a match well played and for a great interview afterwards.
Yeah I think Anderson missed a couple of darts at D16 to make it 6-4. Price was still scoring heavily though despite his faltering on the doubles to win so I don't think any kind of real collapse was going to happen. The best Anderson could have hoped for was a 7-5 loss.

I hope Anderson is true to his word when he says he's going all out this year. He's incredible to watch when on form.
 
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Yeah I think Anderson missed a couple of darts at D16 to make it 6-4. Price was still scoring heavily though despite his faltering on the doubles to win so I don't think any kind of real collapse was going to happen. The best Anderson could have hoped for was a 7-5 loss.

I hope Anderson is true to his word when he says he's going all out this year. He's incredible to watch when on form.
Gary is my favorite player and when he won his first World Title I was very happy for him. Before he got his out shots in order, he'd almost always beat his opponents to them, but falter and miss crucial out shots but he buckled down and got that aspect of his game in line with his scoring and had been a serious contender ever time he stepped to the oche.

Unfortunately, injuries to his back this past year adversely affected his game with him even having to drop out of Premier League play due to it. Hopefully, that is now behind him and he can concentrate of perfecting his game and get back to the standard he threw a couple years ago.