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

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He will face Nathan Aspinall Michael van Gerwen in Sunday’s World Grand Prix final after upsetting the world number one player Gerwyn Price 4-2 at Leicester.

The world number 16 has recovered from a serious wrist injury suffered 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 delighted to score the flagship while thwarting his own Welsh opponent before a third consecutive appearance in the final.

He told Boyle Sports: “Every game [was a roller-coaster]. I think it should win 4-1. There was no such thing.

“The nerves took their toll in the end, you know there’s only so many times you can shake a triple 20, but fair play [Price]he started poorly by his standards, but when he needed to, he made some incredible shots.

“But regardless of how the match went, to be in the final I’m absolutely on cloud nine.”

Aspinall took an early lead of 14 shots and 113 to take the first set.

Price responded with a 121 to take the second set but was in trouble in the fourth, missing two at double 16 to give his opponent a 3-1 lead.

The Welshman came back from 2-1 down to win the fifth set after Aspinall missed a dart for the match at double 16 and took a three-leg lead in the sixth before Aspinall leveled to book a 13-shot ticket to the final .

Van Gerwen, meanwhile, dominated his semi-final match with the world champion Peter Wrighthowever, he only lost one leg in the 4-0 win.

The Dutchman scored 167 points in the opening leg and was in complete control of the match from then on.

Wright finally snapped Van Gerwen’s eight-match winning streak in the third set of the night, in which the Scot hit just one maximum against four of his opponents.

His night ended with several frustrating misses, Van Gerwen capitalizing and locking tops to seal his passage to the final, although his victory was briefly marred after an unexpected trip into the crowd.

“I don’t think I made too many mistakes, probably the only mistake I made was when I doubled up at the end of the checker game when I tripped over the stage,” he joked.

“The most important thing is that I won this match and you get confidence from here.

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

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