Darts fans in Brighton were treated to a spectacular evening back in April when history was made in the Premier League Darts, as the record for the most 180s in a single night was shattered. The world’s best players hit 56 maximums at the Brighton Centre, beating the previous best of 43 by some distance.
Welshman Gerwyn Price was victorious after beating Michael Smith in the final 6-3. The former world champion averaged over 100 in all three of his matches, with wins coming over Chris Dobey and Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
PRICE WINS NIGHT 11! 🏆
Gerwyn Price defeats Michael Smith in the Brighton final to become the first player to win four nights in the year’s Premier League!
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) April 13, 2023
In a night full of records, Price broke the Premier League three-dart average when he finished with 115.97 in his 6-2 success over Dobey in his opening game of the evening.
Brighton Winner Among Leading Contenders for World Championship
Price will now be focussing on winning the 2024 PDC World Darts Championship where he is the 11/2 third favourite in the darts betting for the biggest tournament of the year in the sport. He has only Luke Humphries and three-time winner van Gerwen ahead of him in the outright market.
The former rugby league star won the World Darts Championship in 2021, beating Gary Anderson in the final 7-3. It was an excellent year for the Welshman, as he also won the World Grand Prix and World Series Finals earlier in the campaign.
The former champion is the number five seed in the draw this year. He will face the winner of the Connor Scutt and Krzysztof Kciuk tie in the second round. Should they both get through their respective opening three matches, he is on course to face Peter Wright in the quarter-finals.
Price has reached the quarter-finals in each of the last four years of the PDC World Darts Championship. His run was ended by Gabriel Clemens in the last eight 12 months ago, as he went down 1-5 to the German player.
Wales’ Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton hammered Scotland 10-2 in the final to win the PDC World Cup of Darts for the second time.
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— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) June 19, 2023
As well as making history in Brighton, The Iceman won the PDC World Cup of Darts along with Jonny Clayton earlier this year. The pair lifted the trophy for Wales after beating the Scottish duo of Anderson and Wright in the final of the team event.
Premier League to Return to Brighton in 2024
Price will now be focussing on winning the 2024 PDC World Darts Championship where he is the 11/2 third favourite in the darts betting for the biggest tournament of the year in the sport. He has only Luke Humphries and three-time winner van Gerwen ahead of him in the outright market.The former rugby league star won the World Darts Championship in 2021, beating Gary Anderson in the final 7-3.
The event at Brighton is one of 17 weeks of the 2024 Premier League. Those involved on the south coast will be bidding to qualify for the play-offs at the O2 Arena in May. The top four players then compete for the trophy in a knockout event in London.
If the top eight players produce anything like they did at the Brighton Centre last March, it should be another scintillating evening of Premier League Darts next March in front of a sell-out crowd.