• World No 3 produces eight 100-plus finishes in classic
  • Former rugby player powers past tireless opponent

When he awakens in his hotel bubble on Sunday morning, Gerwyn Price will know that he stands one game away from claiming it all. A first world championship. The No 1 world ranking. And most importantly of all for the 35-year-old from Markham in Wales, the fulfilment of a promise that has sustained him ever since he gave up a career in rugby union to chance his arm on the travelling sideshow of competitive arrows.

He got there by beating Stephen Bunting 6-4 in Saturday’ssemi-final: a match of supreme quality and thrilling shifts in momentum, where every leg began to feel like its own mini-epic. At one stage Price – the world No 3 and the highest seed left in the competition – trailed 3-1, and it briefly felt as if he might again flatter to deceive on the biggest and scariest stage of all.

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