Peter Wright picked up his third televised title of the season at the 2020 European Championship courtesy of an 11-4…
Peter Wright picked up his third televised title of the season at the 2020 European Championship courtesy of an 11-4 rout of James Wade in the final in Oberhausen.
Wright, who was crowned World Champion and Masters Champion in January, continued his memorable campaign by becoming the latest new name to lift the European Championship trophy.
The Scottish ace scooped the £120,000 top prize and returns to second spot on the PDC Order of Merit, jumping above Gerwyn Price, after claiming his fifth title of the year in total.
In the process, he denied Jonny Clayton a first televised title with an 11-8 Semi-Final triumph before ending Wade’s hopes of a second European Championship success in three years.
“I’m delighted to win, it’s great for me and it was good to have the fans here,” said Wright.
“It’s the first final I’ve got to in the event, I’ve had a couple and managed to win it.
“I struggled in the Semi-final, it was probably my toughest match and I couldn’t get going but I got away with it.
“James has won this before and is a quality player, so to get the win I’m really happy. He can reel off legs so you’ve got to try and keep him at bay, and luckily enough I did.”
Wright had withdrawn from the two European Tour events ahead of the European Championship, and added: “It was good to have a little rest and recharge the batteries, I knew what I needed to do to prepare for this.
“Everyone’s different but it worked for me. I believe I can be more consistent and I will be playing a lot better than that. I think I can hit some big averages.
“I feel good with my darts and with the way I’m standing but I think I can get better.
“World number one isn’t a target, to pick up the Sid Waddell trophy again is the main target and I think I can do it.”
Wright averaged over 102 in his Semi-Final success, but a tight contest hinged on leg 18 when Clayton miscounted on a 111 finish to level, and the Scot stepped in to take a crucial 10-8 lead before closing out the win.
Snakebite then carried that momentum into the final against Wade, opening with back-to-back 13-dart legs and taking a 4-1 advantage, only to see the left-hander take out 121 to cut the gap to one leg.
Wade, though, missed a dart at tops to level in leg eight as Wright took a 5-3 lead, with a 13-darter extending his advantage before the 2018 winner hit back in 14 to trail 6-4.
Wright found another gear to set up possible nine-darters by opening the next two legs with 180s, taking out legs of 12 and 11 darts to surge into an 8-4 advantage, before punishing two misses from Wade to move five clear.
He then finished 143 to move a leg away from victory as Wade again missed two darts at a double, before checking out 125 to secure the title in style.
Wright averaged in excess of 102 in each of his five games en route to the title, having defeated Gabriel Clemens, Price and Steve West in the early rounds.
Wade had come from 3-1 and 8-6 down in his Semi-Final with Devon Petersen to prevail 11-10, as the pair shared six ton-plus checkouts in a thrilling contest.
South Africa’s Petersen had won through to his first televised Semi-Final to continue his impressive progress in 2020, while Clayton was denied a second appearance in a TV final by Wright.
European Darts Championship 2020 Results
Sunday November 1
James Wade 11-10 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 11-8 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 11-4 James Wade