Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright talks Premier League Darts, revenge over Dave Chisnall, Phil Taylor, and UK Open Qualifiers.
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Suffolk-based darts player Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is looking forward to gaining some revenge on fellow Premier League Darts debutant Dave Chisnall this week.
The pair, who meet in Bournemouth on Thursday, squared-off in the 2013 German Darts Championship final, with Chisnall prevailing 6-2.
“He played brilliantly that day,” admitted Wright, who got his Premier League campaign off to a winning start last Thursday with victory against Wes Newton.
“But I’ll most definitely be looking for revenge on Thursday. Our head-to-head record is pretty close but I think I just about have the edge on him.”
Having been selected to play on the biggest stage, Chisnall joined Wright in getting off to the perfect start in Liverpool, as he edged past Robert Thornton 7-5.
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“It was great to start off with a win,” said Wright.
“I was really nervous and excited beforehand and it was such an honour to be picked.
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“A lot of work still has to be done but I’d like to reach the semi-final stages at least, it’s important to keep that winning feeling going.
“It should be a good game but I’m looking forward to bashing him.
“We’ve both been at the UK Open Qualifiers over the weekend and we gave each other plenty of banter about the game then.”
Following Thursday’s victory, it’s been a non-stop schedule for ‘Snakebite’ as he travelled to the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan to compete in the Coral UK Open Qualifiers, which were held over the course of the weekend (Friday to Sunday).
With three seperate tournaments to fight for, involving over 230 competitors including the top two seeds in the world, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor, Wright progressed into two semi-finals.
In the first qualifier, the Mendham-based darts player, ranked sixth in the world, lost 6-5 to Adrian Lewis.
The World Championship runner-up suffered similar heartbreak in the semi-finals of the third qualifier as he lost 6-3 to eventual winner Taylor, despite beating van Gerwen 6-3 along the way,
“I was pleased with my performance in Wigan and it puts me in good stead for Thursday,” said Wright, who faces Taylor in week three of the Premier League.
Following this week’s match-up against Chisnall, Wright faces Taylor in the weekly Premier League format.
And, despite, seeing Taylor whitewashed 7-0 to van Gerwen on the opening night, Wright thinks Taylor will grow stronger again in the competition.
“I was surprised to see Phil lose so heavily, I think everyone was,” added Wright.
“He’s just getting used to his new darts though and will be back to his best in no time.”
Indeed, Taylor proved that he is steadily improving with his new darts as he hit two nine-darters in the third UK Open qualifier in Wigan, which he went on to convincingly win as he beat Adrian Lewis 6-2 in the final.