Price is right for finals night slot

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MARTIN Price held his nerve in his final game of the season to beat Neil Richardson 5-2 and qualify for the Seaham Knack Premier League’s Grand Finals Night for the first time.

After sharing the first four legs, Price showed his class to win the last three, including 19 and 20-dart legs, setting up a clash with league winner Paul Williams on October 22.

Williams finished off his season in fine style as he cruised to a 5-0 win over Anthony Gale, with a 180, a 116 checkout and best legs of 15, 16, 17 and 19 darts.

Anth Skelton just missed out in ninth place despite winning an excellent game 5-3 against Ronnie Gill.

Skelton’s best legs came in 19, 20 (twice) and 21 darts, while Gill had a 116 checkout and a tremendous 14-darter.

Eddie Ashman hit his 36th maximum of the season as he confirmed third place with a hard-fought 5-2 win over Eddie Guy. At 2-2, Ashman pulled clear, winning three straight legs in 20, 15 and 17 darts.

Neil Mather produced a stunning comeback from 3-0 down to defeat Alan Smith 5-3. Mather finished in 13th place.

Steve Skinner hit a 100 finish and two 20-darters as he outgunned John Squire 5-1, while John Redpath and Spiller Henderson shared the points in a 4-4 draw.

Neil Rose hit three 20-darters and a 180, but had to settle for a 4-4 draw against Kevin Guy, who finished his impressive season in second place.

 The Grand Finals night on October 22.

Draw: (1) Paul Williams v (8) Martin Price, (4) Graham Mullen v (5) Davey Thompson, (2) Kevin Guy v (7) John Redpath, (3) Eddie Ashman v (6) Neil Rose.

H Next week is the bottom 12’s finals night (7.30pm start).

raw, 1st rd: (1) Neil Mather v Ray Malarkey, (2) Neil Richardson v Alan Smith, (3) Spiller Henderson v John Squire, (4) Anthony Gale v Barry Rutherford; 2nd rd: Winner Of Game 1 v Anth Skelton, Winner Of Game 2 v Eddie Guy, Winner Of Game 3 v Ronnie Gill, Winner Of Game 4 v Steve Skinner

H The final of the Cath Rose Memorial competition is to be played between Paul Williams and defending champion Neil Rose.