Nathan Aspinall beats Gerwyn Price to set up final with Michael van Gerwen

Nathan Aspinall meets Michael van Gerwen in the final of Sunday’s World Grand Prix after beating world number one Gerwyn Price 4-2 in Leicester.

The world No. 16 has recovered from a serious wrist injury last year and has been in fine form this tournament, beating Michael Smith, Danny Noppert and Martin Lukeman en route to his first World Grand Prix final.

Stockport-born Aspinall was thrilled to achieve the showpiece while preventing his Welsh opponent from booking a third consecutive final appearance.

He told Boyle Sports: “Every game [was a roller-coaster]. I think I should have won the game 4-1. It should not be.

“The nerves took their toll in the end, you know there’s a limited number of times you can shake into a triple 20 but fair game at that [Price]He started badly by his standards, but when needed, he made some amazing shots.

“But no matter how the game went, whether I’m in a final, I’m absolutely on cloud nine.”

Aspinall took an early lead with a 14-darter and a 113 finish to win the first set.

Price responded with a 121 on the bullseye to secure the second set but struggled on the fourth, missing two on double 16 and giving his opponent a 3-1 lead.

The Welshman bounced back from a 2-1 deficit to take the fifth set after Aspinall missed a match dart on double 16 and led the sixth set after three legs before Aspinall equalized and hit a 13-darter secured his ticket to the final.

Van Gerwen, on the other hand, dominated his semi-final game against world champion Peter Wright and lost just one leg in a 4-0 win.

The Dutchman hit the bull’s eye with a 167 checkout in the opening leg and was in control of the contest from then on.

Wright finally ended Van Gerwen’s eight-leg winning streak in the third set on a night when the Scot pinned just one maximum to his opponent’s four.

His evening ended with more frustrating errors, Van Gerwen capitalizing and pinning Kreisel to seal his entry into the final, although his victory was briefly tarnished after an unexpected stumble into the crowd.

“I don’t think I made too many mistakes, probably the only mistake was when I doubled away to checkers at the end of the game when I stumbled across the stage,” he joked.

“The most important thing is that I won this time and from now on you get confidence.

“One more big final for me so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

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