GERWYN PRICE endured horrendous abuse and X-rated chants as he survived a second-round scare last night.
The world No.1 came from a set down to defeat plucky Luke Woodhouse 3-1 on night five of the PDC World Darts Championship.
GettyGerwyn Price overcame a scare to progress to the third round[/caption]
GettyThe Welshman suffered constant abuse from the Ally Pally crowd[/caption]
PAPrice came from behind to beat Luke Woodhouse[/caption]
Yet Sky Sports were forced to turn down the TV sound as abusive members of the crowd chanted at the Welshman: “You’re just a s*** Gareth Bale.”
Unfortunately, Price, 37, has grown used to hearing such abuse on a darts stage.
But after booking his spot after Christmas and avoiding the biggest shock of the tournament, he responded to the punters by flexing his huge biceps.
The Iceman – who took out a 150 checkout in the fourth set – may play Raymond van Barneveld in the third round once the turkey has been digested.
And the pair have recent history from last month’s Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.
Price said: “That was really tough, the most nerves I have felt for the last two years. I should have been 2-0 down. Luke, bless him, fell apart thankfully.
“It was a tough game. I needed to get through.
“I am defending big money, I don’t want to go out first round. I never feel nerves so this was out of the ordinary.
“From the word go, I was glad to get through. It’s plain sailing now.
“I would like to pick up the title once again – if they are a bit nicer to me.
“It is tough up here, the majority of the players and the majority of the fans are English and it is really tough. Whatever the crowd and circumstances, I will give it my best.”
Canadian DAVID CAMERON overcome Essex lad Ritchie Edhouse 3-2 despite a WASP sitting on his shirt for the final set.
Old timer STEVE BEATON appeared at a record-extending 32nd consecutive world championships, which encompasses both BDO and PDC circuits.
But the 58-year-old’s night was ruined by a 3-0 loss to Dutchman Danny van Trijp.
PACanada’s David Cameron came from behind to triumph[/caption]
GettySteve Beaton (R) lost out to Danny van Trijp (L)[/caption]