Gerwyn Price beats Simon Whitlock in heated Grand Slam of Darts encounter

Gerwyn Price pipped Simon Whitlock in the deciding leg of a bad-tempered Grand Slam of Darts quarter-final on Friday.

Price won 16-15 having not led at any previous point of a tie in which he irritated his opponent and the referee. He will next play Mensur Suljovic, who beat Dimitri van den Bergh 10-6.

Whitlock was forced to keep his cool in the face of Price’s mind-games which briefly threatened to spill over.

Whitlock led 9-5 but as Price’s theatrics continued, the deficit lessened until the score was 10-10. They bickered as tensions rose.

Price was celebrating wildly and exchanged angry words with referee Russ Bray, who was telling him to calm down.

Price missed a dart to lead for the first time at 12-12, missed another to draw level at 14-14, then missed one to win the match at 15-15.

Whitlock missed five match darts and Price stole an unlikely win.

Earlier, Suljovic checked out from 167, 101 and 174 to move into doubles figures by which point Van den Bergh, who hit a nine-darter earlier this week, was badly struggling to keep pace.

Suljovic threw six perfect darts to go 12-6 up then reeled off three consecutive legs to confirm a semi-final spot.

Michael van Gerwen plays Jonny Clayton and Gary Anderson faces Michael Unterbuchner in the other quarter-finals on Saturday.

The Grand Slam of Darts continues on Sky Sports across the weekend with coverage of Saturday’s quarter-finals underway on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.

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