Jonny Clayton is the World Grand Prix champion (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Jonny Clayton is the World Grand Prix champion (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Darts results: Jonny Clayton thrashes Gerwyn Price 5-1 to win the World Grand Prix title in Leicester


Jonny Clayton won his third televised title of the season - but the first ranked major of his career - with a stunning 5-1 thrashing of Gerwyn Price in the World Grand Prix final.

  • Scroll down for leg-by-leg report and match stats

The sensational Ferret had shot to darting stardom earlier this year when winning the prestigious unranked Masters and Premier League titles but this triumph catapults him into the world's top 10 for the first time.

Clayton's new position of seventh from 13th is still not really a fair reflection of his current standing among the game's elite and this pummelling of the world champion, who lifted this trophy 12 months ago, further underlines what he's capable of as we head towards a whole host of winter majors, including the World Championship.

The standard of darts Clayton produced throughout the contest was just as bit as classy as what we'd seen form him all week as he showed no signs of nerves with one of the sport's biggest prizes - and a cheque for ยฃ110,000 - on the line.

As well as doubling-in at an astonishing rate of 63% over six sets compared to his opponent's 40%, he also brought the crowd to its feet with five 100+ checkouts including his second 170 of the tournament but it was arguably the 164 he produced in the very next leg which will be remembered most as it came straight after Price had left 24 after nine darts.

The Iceman, who averaged 115 in losing that third set, couldn't help but smile at some of the darts his 2020 World Cup-winning partner was peppering him with and he even laughed when Clayton weighed in with another show-stopping 152 finish in the second leg of the final set immediately after he'd missed tops for what would have been a morale-boosting 148 checkout.

It was a moment that summed up the match and although Price ironically cheered his own sole 100+ finish in the next leg, Clayton responded fittingly with a match-winning 116.

The 47-year-old, who had lost his six previous meetings with Price dating back to when he won their only other final at the Austrian Darts Open in 2018, averaged 94.44 in the final - a mark that's only ever been bettered in a World Grand Prix final by Phil Taylor (x6) and Michael van Gerwen (x2) while Price's 92.47 was boosted by throwing eight of the 12 maximums.

Clayton told www.pdc.tv: "It's what dreams are made of. We all play to win a big major, it's my first ranked major and I'm over the moon, chuffed to bits. It's been a long week, but to play the world number one and beat him is fantastic.

"I'm lost for words. To win this and play really, really well is a tick in my box and I'm going to smile for a couple of weeks!

"I came out of the blocks quicker than Gezzy. The respect I've got for Gerwyn is second to none, he's a fantastic player and a fantastic guy, and the crowd tonight let us play. We both enjoyed it.

"He's smashed me the last six or seven times so it's nice to have one back on him. My starting was fantastic, so I think I kept my pressure onto Gezzy and that was the difference."

Price said: "He was too strong for me today. He didn't miss a double early on to get off, I missed a couple but he was phenomenal.

"I did have a chance but I didn't take them a couple of times and he was winning the big moments. He was starting off a lot better than me.

"Apart from the first game that's the best I've played in the tournament and that's a testament to Jonny. He was by far the better player on the night, but I'll get him next time. I had a great final and I appreciate the crowd for letting us play."


PRICE 1-5 CLAYTON: MATCH STATISTICS

  • Averages
    Price: 92.47
    Clayton: 94.44
  • 180s
    Price: 8
    Clayton: 4
  • Checkout %
    Price: 10/25 (40%)
    Clayton: 17/38 (45%)
  • Starting Doubles
    Price: 27/68 (40%)
    Clayton: 27/43 (63%)
  • 100+ Checkouts (or highest)
    Price: 101
    Clayton: 170, 164, 152, 116 & 110

PRICE 1-5 CLAYTON: LEG-BY-LEG REPORT

SET SIX SCORE: Gerwyn Price 1-3 Jonny Clayton
MATCH SCORE: Gerwyn Price 1-5 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets)

  • Leg Four
    It's glory for Jonny Clayton as he completes a famous demolition job over the defending champion with his fifth 100+ checkout of the match - this time from 116 - to claim the first televised ranking title of his blossoming career. What a performance!
    Price 1-3 Clayton
  • Leg Three
    An ironic celebration from Price as he finally pulls a leg back with a 102 checkout.
    Price 1-2 Clayton
  • Leg Two
    Price punishes Clayton's failure to get away first time with a visit of 160 and then narrowly misses tops for what would have been a superb 148 checkout. However, he can't keep the smile off his face as his good mate Clayton fires in a sensational 152 checkout. So unplayable, it's funny for the victim.
    Price 0-2 Clayton
  • Leg One (Price to throw first)
    Price looks like he's really struggling up there to find some belief and his troubles go from bad to worse when Clayton fires in visits of 152 and 180 at the start of the leg en route to a 15-dart break.
    Price 0-1 Clayton

Gerwyn Price 1-4 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets): Fourth interval stats

Sky Bet latest odds: Price has now drifted well out to 6/1 to pull off a remarkable comeback while Clayton is almost unbackable at 1/2. Click here now for all the Sky Bet live darts markets including most 180s & highest checkout.

  • Averages
    Price: 91.58
    Clayton: 93.93
  • 180s
    Price: 8
    Clayton: 3
  • Checkout %
    Price: 9/23 (39.1%)
    Clayton: 14/32 (43.8%)
  • Starting Doubles
    Price: 39%
    Clayton: 44%
  • 100+ Checkouts (or highest)
    Price: 72
    Clayton: 170, 164 & 110

SET FIVE SCORE: Gerwyn Price 1-3 Jonny Clayton
MATCH SCORE: Gerwyn Price 1-4 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets)

  • Leg Four
    The defending champion needs 114 to force a deciding leg but he missed tops and watches Clayton finish from 110 to restore his three-set cushion and move one away from glory.
    Price 1-3 Clayton
  • Leg Three
    Price takes three darts to hit double tops and then four further visits to hit a treble but Clayton can only creep ahead with a series of lacklustre visit himself. In the end the Ferret spurns four of the six missed doubles in the leg as Price eventually pins double 12 to stay alive. Could that be costly?
    Price 1-2 Clayton
  • Leg Two
    Clayton's third 180 of the match - either side of visits of 112 and 137 - lays the foundations for a superb 12-dart break of throw while Price languises back on 241.
    Price 0-2 Clayton
  • Leg One (Clayton to throw first)
    A sluggish start to the fifth set following the interval as Clayton takes it in 20 darts with Price still back on 138. He won't care how he wins the legs so close to the finishing line.
    Price 0-1 Clayton

Gerwyn Price 1-3 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets): Third interval stats

Sky Bet latest odds: Jonny Clayton is now 4/11 to win the final, with Price now 2/1 for glory. Click here now for all the Sky Bet live darts markets including most 180s & highest checkout.

  • Averages
    Price: 96.75
    Clayton: 96.59
  • 180s
    Price: 8
    Clayton: 2
  • Checkout %
    Price: 8/19 (42.1%)
    Clayton: 11/23 (47.8%)
  • Starting Doubles
    Price: 43%
    Clayton: 66%
  • Highest Checkout
    Price: 72
    Clayton: 170

SET FOUR SCORE: Gerwyn Price 3-2 Jonny Clayton
MATCH SCORE: Gerwyn Price 1-3 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets)

  • Leg Five
    Price took six darts to get away by which point Clayton had got down to 329 but the Iceman's eighth maximum later in the leg hauled him in front and after the Ferret failed to finish from 130, he pinned tops for a 44 checkout to finally get a set on the board.
    Price 3-2 Clayton
  • Leg Four
    The defending champion shows real character to level this set as successive visits of 120, 140 and 137 leaves him 84 and he eventually gets it done after Clayton reduced his score to 60.
    Price 2-2 Clayton
  • Leg Three
    Price stays in touch in this set as a seven 180 of the match left him 101, which he took out in two visits, with Clayton back on 165.
    Price 1-2 Clayton
  • Leg Two
    A less spectacular hold of throw compared to what we've already seen from Clayton in 18 darts but he was under pressure from Price, who waited hopefully on 72.
    Price 0-2 Clayton
  • Leg One (Price to throw first)
    With no interval after the previous set, Clayton just carries on where he left off as he weighs in with his second maximum en route to a break of throw, which comes after Price spurned three darts to take out 40.
    Price 0-1 Clayton

SET THREE SCORE: Gerwyn Price 2-3 Jonny Clayton
MATCH SCORE: Gerwyn Price 0-3 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets)

  • Leg Five
    Another sensational leg of darts as Clayton's scores of 112, 140, 99 and 134 defies Price's sixth 180 of the match as he pins double eight for a 3-0 set lead. It's a long way back for Price now although he'll feel hard done by after averaging 115 in that set!
    Price 2-3 Clayton
  • Leg Four
    The Iceman restores parity after those mad two legs when visits of 140, 140 and 127 leaves him 72 which he takes out under pressure with Clayton back on 100.
    Price 2-2 Clayton
  • Leg Three
    Astonishing. Price left 24 after nine darts after his fourth 180 of the match only for Clayton to produce a 164 checkout! The defending champion can only laugh himself.
    Price 1-2 Clayton
  • Leg Two
    The defending champion is clearly finding his range now and looks well on course to double his advantage when a visit of 105 leaves tops. However, he doesn't even get the chance to convert as a show-stopping 170 checkout - his second of the tournament - raises the roof for a total steal of a break!
    Price 1-1 Clayton
  • Leg One (Clayton to throw first)
    Price threatens the break immediately thanks to an opening visit of 160 and although Clayton responds with solid scoring, he keeps his nose in front before pinning double 10 with his last dart in hand when his opponent waited on 36.
    Price 1-0 Clayton

Gerwyn Price 0-2 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets): Second interval stats

Sky Bet latest odds: Jonny Clayton is now 1/3 to win his first televised ranking title, with Price now drifting out to 9/4. Click here now for all the Sky Bet live darts markets including most 180s & highest checkout.

  • Averages
    Price: 88.98
    Clayton: 95.37
  • 180s
    Price: 3
    Clayton: 1
  • Checkout %
    Price: 3/7 (43%)
    Clayton: 6/14 (43%)
  • Starting Doubles
    Price: 38% (9/24)
    Clayton: 82% (9/11)
  • Highest Checkout
    Price: 52
    Clayton: 70

SET TWO SCORE: Gerwyn Price 2-3 Jonny Clayton
MATCH SCORE: Gerwyn Price 0-2 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets)

  • Leg Five
    Price's third 180 makes up for a poor opening visit of 36 but Clayton follows him with scores of 125, 132 and 104 to leave 28, which he pins at the second attempt to move 2-0 up in sets.
    Price 2-3 Clayton
  • Leg Four
    Big scores of 120, 134 and 137 from Price puts Clayton's throw under real pressure and he goes on to take out 52 for a crucial break that forces a deciding leg in this set.
    Price 2-2 Clayton
  • Leg Three
    Much better from Price as his second 180 of the match - sandwiched between visits of 120 and 170 - leaves him just 31 which he takes out for a superb 11-darter, with Clayton back on 246.
    Price 1-2 Clayton
  • Leg Two
    Clayton is playing exactly like he has all week and makes it five legs in a row with another 15-darter that featured a pair of 140s while Price was waiting to come back on 170.
    Price 0-2 Clayton
  • Leg One (Price to throw first)
    The crowd take great delight in Price taking six darts to get his starting double as Clayton races away from him with visits of 152, 140 and 137 before eventually finishing a 15-darter on double one. The Iceman did at least register his first maximum of the match in vain.
    Price 0-1 Clayton

Gerwyn Price 0-1 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets): First interval stats

Sky Bet latest odds: Jonny Clayton is now 8/11 favourite for glory while Price has now drifted to even-money to defend his title. Click here now for all the Sky Bet live darts markets including most 180s & highest checkout.

  • Averages
    Price: 79.98
    Clayton: 93.9
  • 180s
    Price: 0
    Clayton: 1
  • Checkout %
    Price: 1/4 (25%)
    Clayton: 3/5 (60%)
  • Starting Doubles
    Price: 40%
    Clayton: 100%
  • Highest Checkout
    Price: 40
    Clayton: 70


SET ONE SCORE: Gerwyn Price 1-3 Jonny Clayton
MATCH SCORE: Gerwyn Price 0-1 Jonny Clayton (Best of 9 sets)

  • Leg Four
    In a keenly contested leg, Price eventually blows two darts at double 18 and double nine to level the set and a cool and collected Clayton makes him pay by pinning double 10 for a 1-0 lead.
    Price 1-2 Clayton
  • Leg Three
    Clayton thrills the crowd with the first 180 of the match and follows it up with a visit of 139 before taking out 70 for a sublime 12-darter, with Price way back on 356.
    Price 1-2 Clayton
  • Leg Two
    The Ferret is clearly unfazed and responds with a 16-dart break of his own thanks to three solid 100+ visits as Price fails to register a single three-figure score.
    Price 1-1 Clayton
  • Leg One (Clayton to throw first)
    Clayton and Price both get away first time but the latter's heavier scoring takes the advantage of throw away from his fellow Welshman and makes the most of it to cruise to a 14-dart break of throw.
    Price 1-0 Clayton

2045: The players have now made their entrances to the stage - with Gerwyn Price predictably receiving a warm round of boos - and finally the action is about to begin.

2020: Before the final gets under way, here are my two best bets, which I wrote about extensively in my pre-match preview.

When you compare the standards, body language and confidence of both players this week, everything points towards Jonny Clayton. Is he odds-against purely on reputation? Even that seems unfair when you think he's won as many titles as Price this season with four, including the televised Masters and Premier League. Although Price wasn't in the latter, it didn't stop Ferret's belief sky rocketing for these huge occasions. If the semi-final Price turns up it could be an even heavier margin of victory than my prediction of 5-3. We've already mentioned Price being more prolific on 180s and I think that will be the case again, even in defeat.

2010: Just thought it's worth noting that you can get 25/1 on a nine-dart finish tonight. There's only been three in the tournament's history - Brendan Dolan achieved the first in 2011 before Robert Thornton and James Wade remarkably both managed it in the same match in 2014.

1950: Here's both players' tournament stats, with Price's figures on the left. The Iceman has been by far the most prolific 180 hitter having managed 17 in 64 legs despite throwing none during 12 legs against Dave Chisnall while Clayton has only fired in nine in 65 legs despite playing consistently well. The Ferret's higher three-dart average is predominantly down to his fantastic doubling.

  • Average: 92.64 - 94.07
  • 180s: 17 - 9
  • Checkout %: 44% (40/90)- 55% (43/78)
  • Double-in %: 45% (64/141) - 50% (65/130)
  • 100+ Checkouts: 5 - 8

1945: As for Clayton, well he's been consistently brilliant all week and even when he looked in danger at 2-1 down in sets against Krzysztof Ratajski following a disastrous busting of 134, he knuckled down to reel off six of the next seven legs to reach the semi-finals. He's been averaging in the mid 90s all week while his doubling at both ends of legs has been sensational.

1940: So how did both players reach tonight's World Grand Prix final? Let's start with the defending champion, who hasn't been himself in the past two rounds - especially against Stephen Bunting in the semi-finals when he was hampered by an elbow injury. He did start off like a train, however, as he became the sixth different player to post a double-start 100+ average against Michael Smith but those levels have dropped off and he was somewhat fortunate to find Dave Chisnall so wasteful on his doubles in the quarter-finals. However, he has done enough to get through and now is the time to pull out a big performance.

1935: Price and Clayton have played more doubles matches together (11) in World Cups since they first teamed up in 2018 than matches against each other in that same time (8) - and the world champion has won them all. Tonight does therefore feel a bit like a great tag team becoming rivals for an individual title shot.

One of those includes a one-sided meeting in the second round of this year's World Matchplay, but to be fair to Clayton, they have only faced each other three times since they won the World Cup in 2020 and that gave him the belief and launchpad to become a star in his own right. It's surely a matter of time before he can get one over on his countryman.

The only other time they've met in a PDC final was the 2018 Austrian Darts Open - their last encounter before becoming Welsh team-mates - and Clayton won that to claim his maiden European Tour title.

1925: So just how do these two friends and Welsh team-mates compare when it comes to major finals? Apart from teaming up to win the World Cup together in 2020, Price has won five of his nine finals so far since 2017, with his only defeats coming to Peter Wright (2017 UK Open), Rob Cross (2019 European Championship) and Michael van Gerwen (2019 Players Championship Finals and 2020 UK Open).

By contrast, Clayton has lost just one of this three - the 2017 Players Championship Finals to Michael van Gerwen when he was very much an unknown quantity compared with what he is today.

GERWYN PRICE'S MAJOR INDIVIDUAL TITLES

JONNY CLAYTON'S MAJOR INDIVIDUAL TITLES

1915: Good evening and welcome to our live blog of the Boylesport World Grand Prix final as Gerwyn Price bids to become just the third different player in the tournament's history to successfully defend the title after Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen.

Standing in his way is fellow Welshman Jonny Clayton, who is seeking his maiden televised ranking crown having shot to stardom this year thanks to winning the prestigious Masters and Premier League.

Although the Ferret headed into the double-start event 13 places below the world number one given those two big titles did nothing for his ranking, there is no doubt he's one of the best players around right now and should he poicket the ยฃ110,000 winners' cheque then he'll rise up to seventh.

Nevertheless it's the world champion who is 8/13 favourite to win his sixth televised major individual title in his 10th final while his 2020 World Cup winning team-mate is the marginal outsider at 5/4.

The final begins at around 2030 GMT so between now and then we'll run through the routes to the final, tournament statistics, head-to-head records and some predictions.

Before we get into the present, here is quick look at the previous finals in the tournament history...

World Grand Prix Past Finals

World Grand Prix Most Titles

  • Phil Taylor - 11
  • Michael van Gerwen - 5
  • James Wade - 2
  • Gerwyn Price - 1
  • Daryl Gurney - 1
  • Colin Lloyd - 1
  • Alan Warriner - 1
  • Robert Thornton - 1

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