January 23, 2022

The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble

20 min read
, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH
Share This :
, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

At the end of one of the tightest PDC World Championship finals in recent memory, there were tears all round.

For Peter Wright, whose outlandish mohawk hairstyle and Snakebite moniker bely a quietly emotional man, they were tears of joy: a 7-5 victory resulting in a second world title, two years after becoming the oldest first-time winner aged 49.

For Michael Smith, who must fear never realising his bountiful potential, they were tears of despair. A sixth defeat in as many major finals. It had happened yet again.

“I must have done something terrible in a past life because it’s doing my head in now,” he said, wiping his soaked face. Wright responded by describing his vanquished opponent as “the future of darts”.

It was a touching conclusion to a troubled tournament, blighted by Covid and sullied by offensive crowds – dual concerns that faded away in a fuzz of contrasting emotions late on Monday night at Alexandra Palace.

“I’m gutted for the players that have missed out like Michael [van Gerwen], Chizzy [Dave Chisnall], Vincent [van der Voort] and all the other players who have tested positive [for Covid], but it doesn’t take away from me working hard to get it,” said Wright, whose three-dart average of 98.34 in the final was marginally below Smith’s 99.22.

“It’s not about me. I just love him [Smith] to bits. I feel bad. As soon as he gets a major, he will trounce everybody. He’s going to be a future world champion.”

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Peter Wright is only the sixth player to win the title twice

Credit:
AFP

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

It was a sixth defeat in as many major finals for Michael Smith

Credit:
PA

That the match would go the distance seemed an inevitability. With a near identical tournament average heading into the final, those in the know had been torn in selecting their winner and united only in predicting a tense affair.

The main concern was whether 31-year-old Smith’s frequent afflictions would again surface. Cast as a nearly-man, the odds on him extending his terrible record in major finals plummeted within half an hour of the start, by which point he was already 2-0 down and in possession of just two wholly irrelevant legs to show for his early efforts.

One of those – the second of the match – was truly remarkable for its utter atrocity, Smith finally triumphing in a 28-dart leg after the pair had missed a whopping 21 darts at doubles between them. Unsurprisingly, it was the longest leg of the entire tournament.

The only other time Smith contested a world final in 2020, he broke his non-throwing hand after punching a toilet door in frustration when 3-0 down during the match and was later unable to hold his runner-up trophy aloft. On this occasion a quiet word with himself had cataclysmic consequences.

An astonishing run of 180s in seven consecutive legs saw him break the all-time record of 71 maximums at a World Championships on his way to levelling the scores at 2-2. From there the match teetered on a knife-edge late into the night.

Wright – ever the tinkerman – changed his darts on three occasions as a one-set lead flip-flopped from one man to the other. The Scotsman had been booed during his walk-on, although any negativity was a far cry from the abuse hurled at Wales’s pantomime villain Gerwyn Price before his quarter-final exit.

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

At times during the tournament, crowd banter at Alexandra Palace has tipped too far into abuse

Credit:
AFP

So loud were the vicious chants of “sheep sh—– b——” directed at Price during the tournament that Sky Sports opted to mute the noise of the audience singing on more than one occasion. It epitomised a worrying descent from harmless exuberance among the masses in attendance to an increasingly boorish culture that veered into ever more threatening realms over the course of the tournament. It is a concern that must be addressed with a matter of urgency.

Thankfully, the longer this final went on, the more any animosity faded and respect for both players from every man, woman and Smurf inside Alexandra Palace grew. Post-watershed, Wright came alive.

Despite Smith equalling the record of 24 treble-20s in a World Championship match, Wright ground him into submission. Having teetered in the balance at 5-5, the match slipped out of Smith’s grasp, and a double 16 with Wright’s first match dart sealed the £500,000 winner’s prize.


How thriller final unfolded:

11:00PM

It was the speed with which Wright turned it around

10:45PM

Michael Smith

“I must have done something terrible in a past life. But I will be back at that board.”

Michael averaged 99 in the match to Peter’s 98. But it was 39% of doubles for Wright and 35% for Smith.

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Peter Wright dominated Michael Smith early on, then looked drained, but rallied late

Credit:
PA

10:44PM

Peter Wright

“Over the moon. I cannot explain what went wrong for 90% of it. I kept swapping darts, trying to find something. The atmosphere in here affected my darts, and it did for Michael’s too.”

Michael Smith sobs on the stage. He looks utterly drained.

Wright: “It is not about me, it is about the future of darts [gestures at Smith]. Practice your doubles mate! When he wins a major he is going to wipe the floor with everyone.”

10:40PM

Peter Wright wins the PDC World Championship

Oh what a final that was. Peter Wright is an incredible competitor, he joins a very select group of people who have won this title twice. He was 5-4 down and trailing by two legs in that tenth set, he looked tired, he looked like he was wilting under the phenomenal scoring, the heavy bag work of Michael Smith. It was Ali vs Foreman there, but Wright clung on, he stayed in the contest when he wasn’t playing well and then he found his level again and produced an astonishing burst of scoring and nerve at high speed. It turned around sickeningly quickly for Michael Smith and he is currently standing on the stage looking like a man who has been mugged. It was not that Smith’s level dropped. It was that Peter Wright just turned it on in high style. What a competitor. Congratulations to him

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

10:38PM

13th set: Smith 1 Wright 3 (Wright wins 7-5 on sets)    

Peter Wright needs 132. Gets 100 of them and Michael is back on 285…

Wright has double 16 for the match… he has done it! 

10:37PM

13th set: Smith 1 Wright 2 (Wright leads 6-5 on sets)   

Smith has the darts, and needs to hold to stay in the match. Smith has left himself and checks it out at high speed. John Part “He had to throw faster than he can think.” Smith holds. 

But Peter Wright has the darts and will throw for the title in the next leg.

10:35PM

13th set: Smith 0 Wright 2 (Wright leads 6-5 on sets)  

Wright needs 116 after 9 darts.

Smith hits back with a 180…

Peter Wright: double 18 needed. No. But Smith has no finish.

Peter Wright shoots at double 9, and gets it.  A 13 darter. This is a savage gear change from Peter Wright. Incredible grit and skill.

10:33PM

13th set: Smith 0 Wright 1 (Wright leads 6-5 on sets) 

Michael Smith needs to check out 126… but he misses the bull.

Peter Wright needs 81. He goes 15, 16, bull and that bullseye is beautiful. Just superb. 12 dart leg to break the throw.

Peter has now won seven legs straight. Three 12s, two 13s, a 14 and a 15 dart.

10:31PM

Peter Wright needs one set to win the PDC

Michael Smith, what have you got?

10:31PM

12th set: Smith 0 Wright 3 (Wright leads 6-5 on sets)

Smith needs 124. T20. Single 14. Yes, Yes. Needs the bull. Big for Smith. No!

He leaves Wright double 18, Peter Wright gets it and he has won the 11th set in terrifying fashion! 13 darts to win that leg. And 40 darts to win the whole set. Woof. Five minute blitz and he is one set away.

10:27PM

11th set: Smith 0 Wright 2 (5-5 on sets!)        

Oooh Peter Wright. This guy is some battler. He’s putting pressure on the Smith throw here. he has himself a dart at tops and it it is so true, so centred. Lovely throw. Bang. 2-0 

Peter Wright has won the last five legs…

10:25PM

11th set: Smith 0 Wright 1 (5-5 on sets!)       

Wright starts 180. 140. Then 85 to leave 96. Takes that out without too much fuss. 12 darter.

Wright moving better, looking more robust.

10:23PM

Michael Smith

must be kicking himself to see that set get away…

10:20PM

Tenth set: Smith 2 Wright 3 (5-5 on sets!)      

Great third dart on his second set gives Wright a 140. And now a poor visit from Smith…. followed by a 180 from Peter Wright. Great guts from the Scot. Wright is on 84. And he has nailed it with tops. That is some magnificent sport under pressure. He was 2-0 down in that set and he looked gone for all money, but he has battled back, and he has levelled the match at 5-5.

10:17PM

Tenth set: Smith 2 Wright 2 (Smith leads 5-4 on sets)                

This match is swinging hither and yon. Having looked in total control in this tenth set, he’s lost two in a row. Peter Wright back to 2-2 in the set, albeit that Smith has the darts.

10:15PM

Tenth set: Smith 2 Wright 1 (Smith leads 5-4 on sets)               

Peter Wright stops the rot and has broken Smith’s throw there!

10:13PM

Tenth set: Smith 2 Wright 0 (Smith leads 5-4 on sets)              

Smith is on the charge. He’s just won three legs in a row, and he starts this one with a 180.

He’s got three darts at tops to break Wright’s throw…. and he does.

10:11PM

Tenth set: Smith 1 Wright 0 (Smith leads 5-4 on sets)             

Smith wraps that leg up in no time.

10:09PM

Ninth set: Smith 3 Wright 2 (Smith leads 5-4 on sets)            

Big leg. Smith is having his worst set of the match. Peter needs to hold this throw. He’s on 170. Gets T20. Gets T20…. and then makes a horrible hash of the bull. 

He has left the back door open, but Smith cannot take advantage.

Wright has no scored on 8!

Smith has a shot at D13…. and he has done it. Oh Peter Wright! He has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Wright has not been himself when trying to close out sets.

10:06PM

Ninth set: Smith 2 Wright 2 (4 sets all)           

Wright has tanked in this leg. He is still on 203 when Smith needs double ten.  Smith gets that. It’s 4-4, 2-2.

10:05PM

Ninth set: Smith 1 Wright 2 (4 sets all)          

And now Michael is having a flat leg himself. Smith needs 286, Wright needs 40…. holds his throw with a 14-dart throw.

It feels like Peter is the better bet at a lower scoring level, if you know what I mean. Smith needs his big guns.

10:02PM

Ninth set: Smith 1 Wright 1 (4 sets all)         

Smith is not quite as fluent, or as quick. Holding onto the darts a bit, looks a bit tight and slow. The crowd are quiet.

Poor quality leg here from Wright. Smith takes out double 12 and wins it.

10:01PM

Ninth set: Smith 0 Wright 1 (4 sets all)        

Wright holds his throw easily enough there.

9:58PM

Four sets all – where is your money?

Peter Wright looks more fatigued, but as the pressure mounts and it goes deep, do you back the man who has been there, done it and won it to hold his nerve more? Or will Smith’s fearsome scoring just grind the older man down?

9:56PM

Eighth set: Smith 1 Wright 3 (4 sets all)       

Smith has a bullseye chance to go 5-3. But he cannot get it. Smith now has to watch Wright take his chance at 72. Huge pressure. He goes treble 12. Leaves double 18. Misses it. Ooh this is a huge dart now at double nine… Peter Wright, what have you got? He has got it! Peter Wright wins the set and levels it at 4-4

9:54PM

Eighth set: Smith 1 Wright 2 (Smith leads 4-3 on sets)      

Pinching those last two legs seems to have put some lead in Wright’s pencil. A 180 here. And now it seems to be Smith that has hit a flat patch. Wright has darts at double 16, but has missed it. He has let Smith back into this set. Topsy turvy stuff here.

9:51PM

Eighth set: Smith 0 Wright 2 (Smith leads 4-3 on sets)     

Peter has switched his darts mid-leg. He’s slumping, he is looking weak and weary. But he is hanging in there. He’s got a shot at double nine. Muffs that, but gets the one, and he has got the double four. Despite looking dead on his feet, he has gone 2-0 in this strange, muted set.

9:48PM

Eighth set: Smith 0 Wright 1 (Smith leads 4-3 on sets)    

Smith has the throw.

Wright flat here. Looks a bit weary. But Smith has given him a lifeline here,  a chance at tops. And Wright clings onto it like a man with a life belt.

9:45PM

Wright’s double trouble

Peter has managed 13/41. Michael 16/43 so far.

Michael Smith to throw first.

9:45PM

Smith’s scoring

9:42PM

Seventh set: Smith 3 Wright 0 (Smith leads 4-3 on sets)   

The older man wobbling, he needs something here. He’s 2-0 down in legs here, his average has fallen behind. Wright averaging just 84 in this set.

Smith nails a double 18 – and wins the set.

Michael Smith has come from 0-2 and 3-2 down and now leads 4-3

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Michael Smith’s family feeling the nerves!

Credit:
Getty

9:39PM

Seventh set: Smith 2 Wright 0 (3-3 on sets)  

Wayne Mardle thinks that Peter “is throwing a bit weaker” as in he looks a bit fatigued. He needs a second wind.

Smith holds his throw. That is four legs in a row he has won.

9:38PM

Seventh set: Smith 1 Wright 0 (3-3 on sets) 

Wright, throwing first, seems to have lost his rhythm momentarily. But battles back… 

This feels like a big leg. Wright needs 124 . Misses the double 11.

Smith has two darts at tops for a break.

Peter Wright misses three darts at 11!

And Michael Smith breaks his throw with tops.

9:33PM

Sixth set: Smith 3 Wright 1 (3-3 on sets)

Smith with his 14th maximum of the match. Adds a 140. The Wright throw is under pressure here. Smith has darts at double 16, Wright is floundering on 184.

Smith has three darts at 16. Needs one. That levels the match at 3 sets to 3

That was the first break of throw in six legs….

9:33PM

Sixth set: Smith 2 Wright 1 (Wright leads 3-2 on sets)       

Game, and crowd, hits a quieter spot. We are on throw at the moment. Like Peter in the previous leg, Michael has held this comfortably enough.

9:30PM

Sixth set: Smith 1 Wright 1 (Wright leads 3-2 on sets)      

Smith is on 267, Wright on 136 so he should hold this fairly easily, Peter. Yip. There’s the double 8. Levels the set.

9:28PM

Sixth set: Smith 1 Wright 0 (Wright leads 3-2 on sets)     

Wright has changed his darts again?!? “It makes no sense. I cannot analyse it,” says John Part.

Michael Smith has won that first leg with no fuss at all.

9:23PM

Fifth set: Smith 2 Wright 3 (Wright leads 3-2 on sets)    

Wright is under pressure here. Poor opening trio. But luckily for him, Smith doesn’t quite cash in. 140 now for each man. 

Smith needs 106

Wright needs 88. Needs the bull for the set…. misses

Smith nowhere near the treble 18 he needs.

Wright, scrapping hard, needs double eight to win this set…. gets it. Ooh he struggled over the line there.

Peter Wright wins the fifth set to keep his nose in front at 3-2

9:20PM

Fifth set: Smith 2 Wright 2 (levels on sets at 2-2)   

Smith every chance of holding this throw. He has gone up a level here. He’s put double six away.

9:18PM

Fifth set: Smith 1 Wright 2 (levels on sets at 2-2)  

Smith hits his 72nd 180 of the event – beating Gary Anderson’s record. But I guarantee he would swap that for a win in this set. He breaks the Wright throw with an 11 dart leg!

9:17PM

Fifth set: Smith 0 Wright 2 (levels on sets at 2-2) 

Wright goes 180, 140, 145 here. Putting big pressure on the Smith throw. Wright has double 18. Misses that, but gets the double nine. And he’s broken the Smith throw there.

9:15PM

Fifth set: Smith 0 Wright 1 (levels on sets at 2-2)

Wright has changed his darts in the break. And they seem to have worked so far, checks out the devil’s finish of 25 – nine double eight and he has won the first leg here.

9:10PM

Two sets all in a really exciting final

Peter Wright settled quicker and won the first two sets. But Michael Smith produced some thunderous scoring in the third set, and then showed nerves of steel in the fourth, to level the match at 2-2.

9:06PM

Fourth set: Smith 3 Wright 2 (levels it on sets at 2-2)

Michael Smith needs to hold his throw to level the match at 2 sets all. Both players’ level drops in this set. Nerves. This is a massive leg. It is either 2-2 or 3-1 in sets.

Wright brings the big noise. A 180 when he really needs it. He is going to have 3 darts at 46.

But Peter Wright has missed double 8! And Michael Smith is going to have a go at double ten…. he gets it! Michael Smith levels the match at 2-2.

9:06PM

Fourth set: Smith 2 Wright 2 (Wright leads 2-1 in sets)         

Wright throws first.

Wright starts with a 180. Smith comes back at him with a 180 of his own.

Wright is a way ahead in this leg and takes home a double 10 without too much trouble. That’s 2-2 in legs.

9:02PM

Fourth set: Smith 2 Wright 1 (Wright leads 2-1 in sets)        

For the sixth leg in a row, Smith has hit a 180. Heavy duty. Shrugs off a bounce out. Wright with a poor effort at 183.

Wright has a look at 141 but cannot do it.

Smith needs double 16. Gets it. His double shooting has improved.

9:02PM

Fourth set: Smith 1 Wright 1 (Wright leads 2-1 in sets)       

Wright has six darts to make 117. Only needs three of them! Holds that throw with plenty to spare.

This final is splendid entertainment now. Really caught fire in that third set.

9:00PM

Fourth set: Smith 1 Wright 0 (Wright leads 2-1 in sets)      

Smith has the darts, and he soon has himself another 180. 

Peter Wright needs 170. Gets the treble 20. Gets the treble 20, Bull needed… no, 25.

Smith, relieved, cleans up his double 10. Holds his throw.

8:58PM

Third set: Smith 3 Wright 1 (Wright leads 2-1 in sets)     

The crowd are right behind Michael Smith. On his own throw here, he has left himself 81, and Wright has a dart bounce out. 

Smith needs double 13. Gets it! He has won a set against the darts.

Michael Smith wins the third set and cuts Wright’s lead to 2-1

8:56PM

Third set: Smith 2 Wright 1 (Wright leads 2-0 in sets)    

Chances here from Michael! Wright wobbling in this leg. Smith has checked out a 167 to break the Wright throw. That was superb.

8:55PM

Third set: Smith 1 Wright 1 (Wright leads 2-0 in sets)   

That’s better from Smith. A 12 dart leg there, leaves himself 41, needs two at tops but good enough. Can that settle him? Holds his throw nicely.

8:53PM

Third set: Smith 0 Wright 1 (Wright leads 2-0 in sets)  

Wright to throw first. And he’s wrapped up this first leg before you can blink.

8:48PM

Second set: Smith 1 Wright 3 (Wright leads 2-0 in sets)   

Smith is scoring heavily in this second set but he is not hitting his doubles. He has left himself 26. Peter has 124 for the set…. and he secures it with a bull. That is brutal matchplay from Peter on the younger man. A 148, now a 124 and Michael Smith is in all sorts of trouble already as Peter Wright wins the second set to lead 2-0.

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Michael Smith (L) has never won a world title, while Peter Wright (R) has won one

Credit:
PA

8:45PM

Second set: Smith 1 Wright 2 (Wright leads 1-0 in sets)  

Peter Wright has landed a heavy punch! He has checked out 148 to win the leg here, breaking his opponent’s throw. That’s a real gutshot.

8:43PM

Second set: Smith 1 Wright 1 (Wright leads 1-0 in sets) 

Smith has got a problem. He had three darts there at tops, missed them all, and missed his chance at breaking Peter Wright.

8:39PM

Second set: Smith 1 Wright 0 (Wright leads 1-0 in sets)

Smith, throwing first, starts with a 180.

Leaving himself 65, Smith gets the 25 but misses two at tops. He is going to get another visit though, and nails tops for a 16-dart hold.

8:38PM

Peter Wright leads, 1-0 in sets

Second leg was an all-time clunker – both of them all over the show. A wasp on the board. Who will settle faster?

8:35PM

Wright 3 Smith 1: Peter Wright wins first set

Smith under pressure here, head dropped a tiny bit maybe?  Wright, against the throw, has double sixteen for the set. Misses. But he is going to get another visit to the board. Cannot get the 16, but he wraps it up with double eight and he has won the first set 3-1.

8:32PM

Wright 2 Smith 1 – first set 

There is a wasp on the board! 

Wright holds his throw in a more conventional leg.

8:29PM

Wright 1 Smith 1 – first set

Shocking second leg!

Wright has an early chance for a break as he looks to check out 65. Gets the outer bull but misses tops. Now Smith has tried  and failed to check out 7. And both players are struggling badly here.

21 darts thrown apiece and counting here.

Smith has missed seven darts at double.

Now Peter Wright has missed three more.

Smith in the madhouse! Misses.,

Wright is unhappy about something out the corner of his eye.

Smith eventually holds his throw with a 28 dart leg!!

Peter Wright is gesticulating to the side of the stage. Does he think there is a breeze maybe?

, Peter Wright beats Michael Smith in emotional end to PDC World Darts Championship blighted by Covid and crowd trouble, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

8:24PM

Wright 1 Smith 0 – first set

Smith has settled himself early on with two 180s! Leaves himself 41, but misses two darts at tops. And Wright comes back and cleans up to hold his throw.

That could be the match in microcosm: heavy scoring from Smith, but Wright making it count with the doubles. He went 10, 16, tops.

8:23PM

The players are on the oche

Peter Wright to throw first. First to seven sets.

8:20PM

Peter Wright coming out now

to Don’t Stop The Party by dear old Pitbull. And a few boos as well, I would say.

8:19PM

Michael Smith comes out 

to the strains of Baba O’Reilly mixed into erm something else, I am old sorry.

8:16PM

Even the arrers

is not safe from a broody poem thing before kick off! Not sure who this young man is. Teddy Roosevelt ‘The Man In The Arena’.

8:12PM

A worthy final, this

Statistically, the two best players in this year’s tournament.

8:07PM

Where’s your money?

Will Michael Smith avenge that 2019 defeat to Michael Van Gerwen to win his first world title?

8:03PM

The crowd are in full voice…

… and the walk-ons are minutes away!

7:59PM

As I was saying…

7:50PM

Tonight’s crux

… is twofold.

Can Michael Smith be as accurate on the outer ring of the board as he is on the inner ring? and can Peter Wright keep up with Michael Smith’s scoring prowess? On the evidence of last night, the answer to that question would have to be yes.

7:43PM

The Sid Waddell Trophy

Named after the inimitable broadcaster, in all its glory…

7:36PM

Tonight’s odds

Barely anything between them, with most bookmakers offering 4/5 on Peter Wright and 11/10 on Michael Smith.

This could be the closest final in years! That wouldn’t be hard, in fairness, as most in recent times have been 7-3 wins.

A reminder that a world final has not gone the length – the full 13 sets – since Gary Anderson’s epic victory over Phil Taylor in 2015.

7:15PM

Good evening 

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of tonight’s PDC World Championship final, between England’s Michael Smith and Scotland’s Peter Wright at the Alexandra Palace, London.

This is “Bully Boy” Smith’s second appearance in a a world final, after he lost to Michael van Gerwen in 2019. “Snakebite” Wright, meanwhile, has one world title to his name – a 2020 win, also over Van Gerwen – as well as one runner-up appearance, in 2014 where the Scot lost to – you guessed it – Van Gerwen.

Smith defeated James Wade 6-3 in the first of last night’s semi-finals, with Wright dispatching compatriot Gary Anderson 6-4 in a high-quality thriller.

Wright, who later revealed a knee injury had been causing him discomfort, was pegged back to 3-2 and then 5-4 after opening in style by winning the first three sets.

Anderson then took a leg against the throw to nudge ahead in the 10th set but second seed Wright recovered to hold off his fellow Scot and reach the final for a third time.

Wright, who averaged 104 and threw a tournament record of 24 180s in the match, told Sky Sports: “To get a win over Gary Anderson, one of the greatest Scottish darts players there has ever been… the way both of us didn’t give up, it was so hard. I’m exhausted.

“I knew that (fightback) was going to happen. I couldn’t stop him. What a game of darts – phenomenal.”

Wright said that he intended to rest his knee today before returning to the arena for tonight’s final.

Smith, Wright’s adversary tonight, held off a Wade fightback to book his second appearance in the final.

“It was a tough game,” said Smith, who fired 16 180s and averaged 101.

“There was one set where he hit 180 after 180. It was about keeping my cool then.

“You’re not gifted things in life. I’ve not deserved it – I have worked hard for it.”

Share This :
Copyright © All rights reserved. | Newsphere by AF themes.