MARKHAM’S Gerwyn Price declared himself “chuffed to bits” after producing a spectacular display to hammer Peter Wright 16-6 and defend his Grand Slam of Darts title on Sunday night.

The former Cross Keys rugby star, known as The Iceman in the darts world, will rise to third on the Order of Merit and provisionally rise to world number two after winning all seven matches in Wolverhampton.

Price was on a nine-dart finish only to come up just short of the perfect leg, but scored a maximum 180 on 11 occasions, averaged 107.86 and took out three 100+ finishes on his way to his second major title.

Having ended Michael Van Gerwen's hopes of a fourth Grand Slam title, Price produced the best performance of his career to avenge his defeat to Wright in the 2017 UK Open.

The 34-year-old claimed nine of the last 10 legs to power over the finishing line with the most dominant display in a Grand Slam final since Phil Taylor's 16-6 demolition of Robert Thornton, with an average that fell just short of the Power's 109.04 mark in 2011.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” said Price afterwards.

“I knew in the middle of the game that I was playing really well. I was hitting trebles for fun and putting Peter under pressure and he wasn’t playing his best.

“I knew that I was at the top of my game and I felt comfortable all the way through that game. I’m happy to play the way I did – Peter’s a world-class player and for me to win 16-6 is outstanding.

“This week the crowd has been fantastic for me,” added Price.

“To come through that game and have the cheers at the end of it is a much better feeling than last year.

“I’m not used to this but they truly have got behind me and I appreciate it.”

Price now hopes to build on his fantastic week in the Midlands.

"I'm playing well, I'm up to number three and I probably deserve to be three, maybe two,” he said.

"I've had a good year, 18 months, but it doesn't happen all the time. I've been playing well and it breeds confidence, and I've been confident in every tournament for the last six months. I'm just thankful to win this again.

“I'm full of confidence and hopefully I can carry that on to next week, it's the Players Championship and hopefully I can have a good run in that."