Double delight for Wright in Barnsley
Peter Wright lifted his third PDC title in less than a week as he completed the mid-week Barnsley double at the Metrodome in South Yorkshire.
Wright clinched the German Darts Masters title just days on Saturday, before producing some blistering stuff in Barnsley, especially on Wednesday where he hit six consecutive ton-plus averages on his way to the title.
‘Snakebite’ defeated a resurgent Justin Pipe to win Tuesday’s title, before adding to his tally with a thrashing of Joe Cullen in the Players Championship 20 final.
He began his campaign with a routine victory over Latvia’s Madars Razma, before surviving match darts against an Alan Norris who threw an average 18 points less than the Mendham man.
Then the ton-plus average railroad gathered pace. A 103.7 average to see off Matt Clark out ‘Snakebite’ into the fourth round, before back-to-back 108 averages against Jeffrey de Zwaan and Devon Petersen put Wright in the semi-finals.
Adrian Gray would await him, but despite his best efforts, Wright was simply too strong as he breezed into the final, hitting seven maximums and hitting a 102.8 average.
Another scintillating showing saw Wright ease to glory against Joe Cullen in the final, as he swooped on the £10,000 prize, winning eight out of nine legs. A 105.3 average, 89% checkout rate and six maximums helped Wright along the way.
“I wanted to up my 101 average from yesterday,” Wright told pdc.tv following his victory. “I know Joe is warming up for the Matchplay so I had to be at my best.
“The change in my darts is making things a lot easier. If the first dart goes in the treble 20 and I don’t follow it with the other two, I’m disappointed.
“Winning three titles in five days is definitely a confidence boost going into the World Matchplay and it should be a great tournament.”
Despite enduring defeat to a rampant Wright in the final, it was a much-needed run for Joe Cullen in the run-up to the World Matchplay. It was Cullen’s first ProTour final for two years as he defeated the likes of Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis en route to the final.
Elsewhere, Adrian Gray reached his first PDC semi-final since 2012, but lost out to Peter Wright, while Devon Petersen and Jan Dekker were among the surprise-packages in the last eight.
Jose Justicia enjoyed a run to the fourth round, while Simon Whitlock, Michael Smith, Jamie Hughes and Glen Durrant all departed at the first hurdle.
Players Championship 20 was the final event before Saturday’s World Matchplay, where Gary Anderson will be defending his prestigious crown.