Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright raring to go as the Betway Premier League Darts kicks-off tonight

Peter 'Snakebite' Wright celebrates success during last year's Premier League Darts campaign

Peter 'Snakebite' Wright celebrates success during last year's Premier League Darts campaign - Credit: Archant

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright cannot wait to pit his wits in the Betway Premier League Darts again this year.

The popular tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation, starts in Leeds tonight with Suffolk star Wright opening proceedings against Dave Chisnall, live on Sky Sports.

Mendham-based Wright made his Premier League debut last year after bursting onto the world darts scene in 2013, finishing in a creditable fifth position after narrowly missing out on a top-four spot.

And the colourful Scotsman, whose vibrant dress code and hairstyles are all picked on the night by wife Joanne, insists he will improve on his achievements in 2014.

“I learnt a lot from the Premier League last year,” Wright admitted.

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“It’s such a great tournament to be a part of, and it’s a privilege to play in it against the best players in the world. The travelling side is very tiring, and at some points (in the competition last year) I could have prepared better, but I can’t wait to play in front of thousands and thousands of people again.”

In the tournament, the 10 competitors will play against one another on a weekly (Thursday evenings) round-robin basis in different venues around the UK.

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In best of 12-leg encounters, the players will look to pick up as many points (two points for a win, one point for a draw) as possible, before week nine, otherwise known as judgement night, strikes. From there, the two bottom-placed players in the league table will be eliminated from the competition, with the remaining eight players facing each other once more during the final six league nights, before the play-offs beckon for the top four at the 02 Arena in London on Thursday, May 21.

“I’d love to win the whole competition,” Wright said. “I think I could, I’m feeling confident again, and I have to be positive – I want to do better than last year.”

Wright continued: “It (the tournament) promises to be as good as ever this year, Gary (Anderson, the 2015 World Championship winner) has improved no end over the last year, and of course there’s Phil (Taylor), Michael (van Gerwen), Adrian (Lewis), and Raymond (van Barneveld, the 2014 Premier League Darts champion) as well.

“Stephen (Bunting), James (Wade), and Kim (Huybrechts) have come in and there will be some quality games with plenty of ups and downs along the way.”

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