Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton called ‘classics to the max’ after painful World Cup loss

There was one final disappointment for Wales as Australia clinched their maiden Darts World Cup title in Germany.

The Welsh duo of Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton advanced to the final after victories over hosts Germany and the Netherlands. Price, in particular, had been in scintillating form, producing an average of nearly 118 as he beat Germany’s Martin Schindler 4-0 in seven minutes in the quarter-finals.

But the Australian side of Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta proved too strong in the final, winning 3-1. The Welsh beat the doubles match, but Heta beat both opponents in singles, while Whitlock beat Clayton. It was a particularly poignant moment for Whitlock, who was part of the Australian side that lost the 2012 final in the most dramatic fashion to England. Her partner that day was Paul Nicholson, now a commentator and PDC pundit.

Nicholson had predicted Australia would win and he was thrilled to see veteran Whitlock win a title he had long coveted.

“It had to be. 10 years ago I said we would win this, and no one deserves it more than Damo and Si,” tweeted Nicholson, who also reserved praise for the graceful Welsh pair.

He added: “Can I just say how gracious the Welsh were in the defeat tonight. Champions and great gentlemen. I wouldn’t expect anything else from @Gezzyprice and @JonnyClay9. Class to the max.”

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Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta after winning the Darts World Cup for Australia

Meanwhile Price released his reaction to the tournament posting: “It was an absolute honor to represent my country again with you Jonny congratulations Australia thanks to the crowd and the messages of support.”

Clayton made it clear he was already planning to do better in next year’s tournament, tweeting: “Congrats to Simon and Damon Myself and @Gezzyprice gave it their all but they were the best team in the final! This It was an honor to represent Wales again. Hopefully we will have the chance to do better next year!”

Price and Clayton will be in action again this weekend, when Amsterdam hosts the next stop of the World Series of Darts.

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