PDC Summer Series: Wright topples Price to seal Players Championship 13 success in Milton Keynes
Reigning world champion Peter Wright toppled Gerwyn Price to seal the fifth and final Players Championship event as part of the PDC Summer Series in Milton Keynes.
Wright returned to competitive action with a run to the final on Wednesday evening, eventually missing out at the hands of world number one Michael van Gerwen, but went one better on Sunday.
After receiving a bye to the second hurdle and therefore being forced to mark an opening round clash between Jelle Klaasen and Adam Hunt at the beginning of the day, Wright commenced his campaign with a 6-4 win over former world champion Klaasen.
Peter Wright marking a first round clash in Milton Keynes (Photography: PDC)
A second successive 98 average then saw Wright comfortably overcome a below-par Darren Webster, before recording a 102.6 average in beating Brendan Dolan 6-1 to book his place in the quarter-finals.
‘Snakebite’ produced a finishing masterclass in thrashing an impressive Dolan, converting six of his nine attempts on the outer ring and stunning checkouts of 104 and 143.
Wright then denied fellow Premier League star Nathan Aspinall in the quarter-finals in a deciding leg thriller, before averaging 109 in a convincing 7-2 win over surprise package Wayne Jones in the last four.
Despite two-time Grand Slam of Darts champion Price drawing first blood in an eventually one-sided final, Wright would reel off eight of the subsequent nine legs to reign victorious and claim his fourth title of the year.
The reigning Masters champion would also finish top of the Summer Series Order of Merit ahead of van Gerwen, in spite of the three-time world champion holding a £9,000 advantage at the beginning of the afternoon.
“I’m pleased to win and it’s great for me,” Wright told pdc.tv. “It could have been two wins, but I wanted to be top of the Summer Series Order of Merit and I knew I had to win today, so I’ve done that.
“It’s ideal preparation for the World Matchplay and it’s good to be back playing.”
Despite enduring defeat at the final hurdle, it was a ideal run for Price ahead of the upcoming World Matchplay as he saw off the likes of William O’Connor, Darius Labanauskas and Saturday’s winner James Wade.
154 FROM JOSE!
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The Welshman was also involved in a brace of thrilling affairs throughout the afternoon, as Devon Petersen and the ever-impressive Jose de Sousa were narrowly denied by Price in deciders.
In Petersen’s case, he would record a remarkable average in excess of the 113 mark, though, a missed match dart would cost the South African not only a maiden ranking final but also a World Matchplay debut.
Elsewhere, two-time Summer Series event winner van Gerwen would endure a second round exit at the hands of South Africa’s Petersen, while Latvia’s Madars Razma ousted third seed Krzysztof Ratajski at the third hurdle.
Former European Championship finalist Jones secured his deepest run on the ProTour for four years. The Wolverhampton-based veteran would defeat the likes of three-time world champion Glen Durrant, Scott Baker and Mike De Decker en route.
Darren Webster would complete the second nine-darter of the Summer Series following the accomplishment of world number four Cross 24 hours earlier.
Saturday’s runner-up Cross would suffer a short-lived Summer Series finale as Scottish youngster William Borland ousted the former world champion in the first round.
Cross will commence the defence of his World Matchplay crown next weekend in Milton Keynes as the televised return of the sport takes place at the Marshall Arena.
PDC SUMMER SERIES
Players Championship 13
Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Sunday July 12
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Jose De Sousa
James Wade 6-3 Chris Dobey
John Henderson 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Devon Petersen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Scott Baker 6-0 Madars Razma
Wayne Jones 6-4 Mike De Decker
Gerwyn Price 6-1 James Wade
Devon Petersen 6-3 John Henderson
Peter Wright 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Wayne Jones 6-0 Scott Baker
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 7-2 Wayne Jones
Peter Wright 8-2 Gerwyn Price
(Featured Image: PDC)