Peter “Snakebite” Wright loses out in PDC World Championship final to Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright

Peter Wright - Credit: LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Suffolk’s Peter “Snakebite” Wright lost out in the final of the PDC World Championship last night, going down 7-4 to Dutchman Michael van Gerwen at Alexandra Palace.

The Scot, who lives in Mendham, saw van Gerwen win the first four sets at the expense of just two legs, before producing a stirring fightback to win the fifth, sixth, ninth and tenth sets.

“I never give up - that’s my game. The crowd got behind me and made me play - but well done Michael,” said Wright after the match.

The Dutchman took the first set 3-1 and then the next two comprehensively, without dropping a leg.

Wright fought back and deservedly took the fifth and sixth sets as the pressure began to mount on van Gerwen.

However, in set seven, Wrught missed out on a golden chance to reduce the defecit to a single set and van Gerwen capitalised to take a 5-2 lead.

Wright, 43, then had a chance to level the next set at 2-2, with three darts for double sevem, but could not take advantage and van Gerwen moved to within one set of the title.

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But “Snakebite” took the next two sets, before missing double top to make it 6-5, and van Gerwen wrapped up the match.

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