POLL: Suffolk’s Peter Wright earns Premier League win, while Phil “The Power” Taylor is whitewashed
- Credit: LAWRENCE LUSTIG
Suffolk’s Peter Wright capped his Betway Premier League debut with a win, as he overcame Wes Newton 7-3, at the Liverpool Echo Arena, on Thursday.
“Snakebite’s” victory came on a dramatic night of darts that saw 16-time world champion Phil “The Power” Taylor whitewashed 7-0 by current world and Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen.
There was also a big win for Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis who hammered Simon Whitlock 7-1, while Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall also began with wins, 7-2 and 7-5 respectively against Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton.
World Championship finalist Wright, who lives in Mendham, was too good for world number eight Newton, who never recovered from falling 3-0 and 4-1 down early on and sealed a win that former world champion, Ipswich’s Keith Deller, said was crucial on the first night.
Newton pulled back to 4-3 only to miss two darts at double six to level the game, and Wright raced clear to punish further wayward finishing by securing the points.
“I’ve got admit that I was very nervous before the game, but I went out there to enjoy it and I’m full of beans now,” smiled colourful Wright afterwards. “The crowd were great and that spurred me on, and I want to play like this every week.
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“I didn’t want to lose on night one because it can be downhill from there, but I’m a totally different player since reaching the World Championship final.
“There’s no pressure on me and I feel I can do some real damage here and in the major tournaments this year.”
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The Betway Premier League Darts season continues next Thursday at the BIC in Bournemouth, with the five games on the night including the all-Stoke contest between Taylor and Lewis.
The week also sees van Barneveld face Newton as he returns to the venue of his famous nine-darter in 2006, while van Gerwen plays Thornton, Whitlock plays Anderson and the two newcomers, Wright and Chisnall, also clash.