Peter Wright withdraws from German Darts Championship ahead of Quarter-Final with MVG

Peter Wright has withdrawn from the remainder of the 2022 German Darts Championship in Hildesheim due to a back injury.

Wright had won two matches over the weekend to reach the Quarter-Finals – where he was due to face rival Michael van Gerwen on Sunday evening.

However, the world number one had been suffering with a back injury and has subsequently pulled out of the tournament at Halle 39, meaning Van Gerwen receives a bye into the Semi-Finals.

The Dutchman will now await the winner of the tie between Michael Smith and Dimitri van den Bergh later in the evening.

Wright recovered from 4-1 down to defeat Martin Schindler 6-4 on Saturday before overcoming Krzysztof Ratajski in the Last 16 on Sunday afternoon.

Snakebite had cited back problem during last weekend’s UK Open which almost forced him to withdraw in Minehead, before he was eventually beaten by William O’Connor in the Last 16.

Wright will be hoping to recover in time for his clash with Joe Cullen on Night Six of the Premier League in Nottingham on Thursday.


PDC Order of Merit following the 2022 UK Open | Wright becomes world number one

Peter Wright has become PDC world number one for the first time in his career following the 2022 UK Open in Minehead.

Wright, the reigning World Champion and World Matchplay winner, has ended Gerwyn Price’s 14-month reign at the top of the PDC Order of Merit.

Price needed to reach the final of the UK Open and better Wright’s run in order to maintain top spot, but his Quarter-Final defeat to Michael Smith saw the crowning of a new world number one.

Wright, who lost out to William O’Connor in the Last 16 in Minehead, becomes the 11th different number one since the formation of the WDC/PDC in 1992.

The colourful Scot holds a slender £21,000 lead over Price on the Order of Merit and the pair are expected to become embroiled in a tussle for top spot throughout the season, before the Welshman heads to Ally Pally to defend his £500,000 winner’s prize money from 2021.

A significant weekend of change at the top end of the world rankings also saw Michael van Gerwen drop two places to fifth – his lowest position in a decade.

Van Gerwen was initially leapfrogged by James Wade – who moves up to third, before Smith’s run to the final saw him climb into fourth spot.

Meanwhile, Danny Noppert’s fairy-tale triumph sees him climb seven places to 12th, entering the world’s top 16 for the second time after picking up his first PDC major ranking title.

Noppert becomes the second highest ranked Dutchman and is now in pole position to partner MVG at the World Cup of Darts for the second time.

Noppert’s rise means former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall drops out of the world’s top 16, falling two places to 17th.

Damon Heta’s run to the Quarter-Finals in Minehead sees him climb four places to 23rd, moving above Simon Whitlock to become the highest ranked Australian in the PDC.

O’Connor, who reached his first major ranking Semi-Final at the weekend, is up three places to 34th, while fellow Irishman Keane Barry surges 14 places to 52nd after also reaching his first televised ranking Semi-Final.

Croatia’s Boris Krcmar is up six places to 53rd after reaching the Last 16, while Andy Boulton and Steve West drop four and five places to 57th and 60th respectively.

Martin Schinder climbs back into the world’s top 64 at the expense of Max Hopp and Mike De Decker, while Sebastian Bialecki’s dream run to the Quarter-Finals sees him enter the PDC Order of Merit as world number 81 despite not holding a Tour Card.


PDC Order of Merit following the 2022 UK Open

Position Name Prize Money
1 Peter Wright £1,190,250
2 Gerwyn Price £1,169,000
3 James Wade £571,000
4 Michael Smith £569,750
5 Michael van Gerwen £550,250
6 Gary Anderson £472,500
7 Jose de Sousa £435,500
8 Jonny Clayton £411,750
9 Dimitri Van den Bergh £411,250
10 Rob Cross £347,000
11 Joe Cullen £336,500
12 Danny Noppert £325,500
13 Krzysztof Ratajski £297,000
14 Dave Chisnall £294,250
15 Dirk van Duijvenbode £268,250
16 Ryan Searle £262,750
17 Nathan Aspinall £260,500
18 Mervyn King £238,250
19 Luke Humphries £238,000
20 Stephen Bunting £220,750
21 Gabriel Clemens £206,750
22 Daryl Gurney £204,500
23 Damon Heta £202,000
24 Simon Whitlock £199,250
25 Brendan Dolan £198,500
26 Devon Petersen £194,000
27 Ian White £190,500
28 Mensur Suljovic £185,750
29 Callan Rydz £182,250
30 Vincent van der Voort £180,000
31 Glen Durrant £160,500
32 Chris Dobey £150,250
33 Ross Smith £140,250
34 William O’Connor £127,500
35 Ryan Joyce £126,750
36 Kim Huybrechts £126,500
37 Jermaine Wattimena £115,750
38 Ricky Evans £106,000
39 Martijn Kleermaker £101,500
40 Adrian Lewis £100,000
41 Jamie Hughes £96,250
42 Adam Hunt £86,000
43 Darius Labanauskas £84,500
44 Steve Lennon £80,250
45 Jason Lowe £78,000
46 Madars Razma £75,250
47 Jeffrey de Zwaan £75,250
48 Luke Woodhouse £73,000
49 Alan Soutar £71,500
50 Maik Kuivenhoven £68,250
51 Ron Meulenkamp £68,000
52 Keane Barry £67,250
53 Boris Krcmar £62,000
54 Steve Beaton £61,750
55 Ryan Meikle £58,000
56 Raymond van Barneveld £58,000
57 Andy Boulton £57,500
58 William Borland £56,250
59 Jeff Smith £55,500
60 Steve West £54,250
61 Keegan Brown £54,000
62 Florian Hempel £53,500
63 Martin Schindler £53,000
64 Ritchie Edhouse £52,000
65 Max Hopp £50,500
66 Mike De Decker £49,750
67 John Henderson £44,750
68 Lewy Williams £41,750
69 Scott Mitchell £39,500
70 Joe Murnan £38,750
71 Jason Heaver £35,750
72 Adam Gawlas £23,250
73 Boris Koltsov £23,000
74 Niels Zonneveld £21,750
75 Gordon Mathers £21,500
76 Martin Lukeman £15,750
77 Eddie Lovely £14,250
78 Peter Hudson £14,250
79 John Michael £14,250
80 Geert Nentjes £13,500
81 Sebastian Bialecki £12,500
82 Geert De Vos £11,250
83 Danny Baggish £9,750
84 Andrew Gilding £9,500
85 Berry van Peer £9,000
86 Jon Worsley £8,500
87 Jack Main £8,500
88 John Brown £8,000
89 Connor Scutt £7,000
90 Zoran Lerchbacher £7,000
91 Brian Raman £6,000
92 Lee Evans £6,000
93 David Evans £6,000
94 Brett Claydon £5,750
95 Krzysztof Kciuk £5,500
96 Kevin Doets £5,000
97 Scott Waites £4,750
98 Scott Williams £4,750
99 Jake Jones £4,250
100 Jim Williams £4,000
101 Cameron Menzies £4,000
102 Danny Jansen £3,750
103 Stephen Burton £3,750
104 George Killington £3,250
105 Niko Springer £3,000
106 John O’Shea £3,000
107 Ross Montgomery £3,000
108 Radek Szaganski £2,750
109 Jamie Clark £2,750
110 Luc Peters £2,500
111 Damian Mol £2,250
112 Jose Justicia £2,250
113 Mario Vandenbogaerde £2,250
114 Rowby-John Rodriguez £2,250
115 Graham Hall £2,000
116 Jelle Klaasen £2,000
117 Fabian Schmutzler £2,000
118 Nico Kurz £2,000
119 Jim McEwan £2,000
120 Jimmy Hendriks £2,000
121 Richie Burnett £2,000
122 Ted Evetts £1,750
123 Darren Webster £1,500
124 Nathan Rafferty £1,500
125 Ricardo Pietreczko £1,500
126 Michael Unterbuchner £1,500
127 Danny Lauby £1,000
128 Kenny Neyens £1,000
129 Lukas Wenig £1,000
130 Ryan Harrington £1,000
131 Danny van Trijp £1,000
132 David Schlichting £1,000
133 Dennis Nilsson £1,000
134 Dragutin Horvat £1,000
135 Janos Vegso £1,000
136 Wayne Jones £1,000
137 Bradley Brooks £750
138 Jules van Dongen £750
139 Matt Campbell £750
140 Steve Haggerty £750
141 Tony Martinez £750
142 Nick Fullwell £750
143 Stu Wilson £750
144 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £750

Wright edges past Searle to clinch Players Championship Finals title

Peter Wright claimed the Players Championship Finals title for the first time after a thrilling 11-10 win over Ryan Searle in the final in Minehead.

The world number two secured his fifth major ranking title in dramatic fashion as he denied Searle a famous first triumph on the televised stage.

Searle had battled back from 10-8 down to force a decider after Wright had bust 129 in the 19th leg before missing three match darts.

The Somerset star piled on the pressure with a 177 to leave 24 against the throw in the deciding leg, but only for Wright to produce a nerveless 62 checkout to seal the £100,000 top prize.

“It’s the only final I’ve never played in – I enjoyed it,” said Wright.

“I knew it was going to be a tough game against Ryan; it’s taken a little while for him to settle and show what he can do on TV. He’s an immense player.

“In the second half of the match I was going at Ryan’s pace and I was thinking ‘I’m running out of energy here’. I took a breather and lucky enough I got through.

“The guys who normally do well in this tournament do okay in the next one so it’s nice to do well in this one.

“Obviously, I’ve got to back my big mouth up because I said I’m going to win the Worlds, so I’ve got to get back on the practice board and make sure I’m sharp. I believe I will be World Champion come January 3.”

Wright had cruised past Jonny Clayton 11-6 in the Semi-Finals, having also defeated reigning and six-time champion Michael van Gerwen 10-6 in the Quarter-Finals earlier in the day.

The first ten legs of the final all went with throw as the pair were locked at five apiece before Searle secured the first break after the second interval.

Wright, though, broke back immediately in leg 12 with a 96 checkout and took out 141 to extend his lead to 8-6.

Three missed darts at doubles from ‘Snakebite’ in leg 15 allowed Searle a reprieve as he cleaned up 96 to stay in touch, before landing double one to restore parity at eight-all.

Wright then won back-to-back legs to move to the verge of victory before incredibly busting 129 then missing double six at the second attempt, allowing Searle in to take out 103 and stay alive.

Wright missed a third match dart in the following leg and Searle landed double ten for a 13-darter to set up a grand-stand finish at 10-10.

World Matchplay champion Wright kicked off the decider with a maximum before Searle set up double 12 after a 177, but he was never afforded a match dart as the Scot coolly converted double 16 to seal victory.

A memorable weekend for Searle saw him twice survive match darts in the first two rounds and edge out Daryl Gurney 10-9 in the Quarter-Finals, before ending the charge of Brendan Dolan in the Semi-Finals.

“I’d have felt like I robbed that game if I’d have won it at the end there,” admitted Searle. “Fair play to Peter, he took out the double and he fully deserved that.

“I learned a lot from this experience and we move forward from here.”

Searle’s run to the final sees him move into the top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time going into next month’s World Championship at Alexandra Palace.


Players Championship Finals 2021 Day Three Results

Sunday November 28

Afternoon Session

Jose de Sousa 4-10 Brendan Dolan
Daryl Gurney 9-10 Ryan Searle
Peter Wright 10-6 Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session

Brendan Dolan 6-11 Ryan Searle
Peter Wright 11-6 Jonny Clayton

Peter Wright 11-10 Ryan Searle

“I don’t like Minehead” admits Wright ahead of Players Championship Finals

Peter Wright admits he is “not looking forward” to the Players Championship Finals as he prepares to make the arduous journey to Minehead.

The world number two heads into the penultimate event of the season on the back of a heavy defeat to Gerwyn Price in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts last Sunday.

His resurgent run in Wolverhampton ended a poor spell of results which had included back-to-back First Round exits at the World Grand Prix and European Championship.

Wright, however, was not in optimistic mood ahead of the 300-mile trip from his home in Suffolk to the Butlins Minehead Resort – where he won the UK Open in 2017 and reached the Semi-Finals of the Players Championship Finals a year earlier.

“I’m not looking forward to it. I don’t like Minehead,” admitted Wright. “It’s too far away.

“It’s just stupid roads all the way down when it says ’30 miles’ and it takes you two hours.

“The last 30 miles is just absolutely ridiculous, will the people down there get some decent roads? It’d be quicker to get a boat.

“It’s a great place for all the darts fans, which is the main thing. I’ll be there to upset a few people.

“All the players are looking forward to the World Championship, and I am especially.”

Wright is defending £500,000 against his ranking at Ally Pally, having claimed World Championship glory in January 2020.

The colourful Scot warms up for the sport’s show-piece with a clash against Irish youngster Keane Barry on the main stage in Minehead on Friday night.


Wright and Henderson secure World Cup of Darts glory for Scotland

Scotland secured World Cup of Darts glory for a second time as Peter Wright and John Henderson defeated Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez in the final in Jena.

Wright partnered Gary Anderson to victory two years ago and this time helped ensure the greatest moment of Henderson’s career as they scooped the trophy.

The pair had seen off China and Poland to win through to Sunday’s final stages, and overcame two former champions to continue their title bid.

The Scots firstly came from one point behind to win their Quarter-Final against the Netherlands in a dramatic sudden-death leg of their pairs decider against Michael van Gerwen and Dirk van Duijvenbode.

The duo then ended Wales’ title defence in an epic Semi-Final which also went to a sudden-death leg in their doubles contest.

Austria, meanwhile, survived three missed match darts from Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan in a sudden-death leg in their Quarter-Final and then defeated England 2-0 to reach their first World Cup final.

Suljovic got Austria off to a flying start in the final by defeating Henderson 4-1 – hitting a 160 finish along the way – only for Wright to overcome Rodriguez by the same scoreline to level.

A dramatic Doubles tie saw Austria open up a 3-0 lead, only to miss five match darts as Scotland pulled back level.

Suljovic then missed two darts at tops in the deciding leg as Henderson held his nerve on double ten to put Scotland 2-1 up and one tie away from victory.

That came in the next Singles clash, as Wright opened up a 2-0 lead over Suljovic and also took out 156 before holding off his rival’s fightback to finish double 16 and seal glory for the Scots.

“To go back home as World Cup champions, I’m speechless,” admitted Henderson. “To win this means everything – it’s my first PDC title and it’s been an honour to play with Peter.

“How he kept his nerve in that last game I don’t know. It’s been a team effort but I think we’ve been the best side throughout the whole tournament.

“It’s a team game but he’s a legend. I’ve got to thank Peter for everything he’s done this week and all the advice.

“He has mentored me and I can’t thank him enough. He’s captained me so well and looked after me this weekend, and I believe his captaincy won this for us.”

The victory was the biggest of Henderson’s ten-year PDC career and also secures him a spot in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.

“It’s fantastic for Scotland and I’m going to enjoy this,” said an emotional Henderson. “Hopefully I can kick-start my own career and this is the start of many things to come.”

Wright, who won the World Matchplay in July, made it back-to-back TV titles to continue his memorable season so far.

“It means so much to me,” said Wright. “Every time I play I’m putting everything on the line.

“We had the hardest draw but John helped to carry me through. He stood up proud and hit the doubles to get us into the final.

“It was a privilege to play with him – John’s going to take over the world now like Jonny Clayton did after winning it last year.”

The Austrian duo have also put themselves in provisional qualifying places for the Grand Slam after they enjoyed their country’s best-ever World Cup campaign.

For Suljovic, the weekend in Jena was a successful return to the big stage after missing the World Matchplay through illness.

“It’s a brilliant feeling,” said Suljovic. “I’m so happy I’m back.

“After three months out I said I would give my best but asked Rowby to help me. I’m so happy to be in the final with my best friend.”

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was appearing in his first televised final since the 2014 World Youth Championship and is hoping to use the success as a springboard for his career.

“Of course if you lose the final you’re disappointed, but for me there’s happiness to get to the final,” said Rodriguez.

“We didn’t expect anything – we were not seeded and we went to the final. If you’re in the final you want to be the champion, but unfortunately we didn’t.

“I played really good in the semi-final but I didn’t play my game in the final. We shouldn’t have lost the Doubles game when we were 3-0 up.”

England’s James Wade and Dave Chisnall ended host nation Germany’s hopes in the Quarter-Finals with a 2-0 success as they dropped just one leg against Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp.

Wales had continued their title defence with a 2-0 Quarter-Final defeat of Australia, although they required a 144 checkout from Clayton to snatch victory in the second Singles tie against Damon Heta.


World Cup of Darts 2021 Results

Sunday September 12

Afternoon Session


Austria 2-1 Northern Ireland
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Brendan Dolan
Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-2 Daryl Gurney
Suljovic/Rodriguez 4-3 Gurney/Dolan

England 2-0 Germany
James Wade 4-1 Gabriel Clemens
Dave Chisnall 4-0 Max Hopp

Wales 2-0 Australia
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Simon Whitlock
Jonny Clayton 4-3 Damon Heta

Netherlands 1-2 Scotland
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 John Henderson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-4 Peter Wright
Van Gerwen/Van Duijvenbode 3-4 Wright/Henderson

Evening Session


England 0-2 Austria
James Wade 1-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 1-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Wales 1-2 Scotland
Gerwyn Price 2-4 John Henderson
Jonny Clayton 4-2 Peter Wright
Price/Clayton 3-4 Wright/Henderson


Austria 1-3 Scotland

Mensur Suljovic 4-1 John Henderson
Rowby-John Rodriguez 1-4 Peter Wright
Doubles – Suljovic/Rodriguez 3-4 Wright/Henderson
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Peter Wright

Van Gerwen “Won’t win a TV title this year” insists Wright

Peter Wright has unleashed a bullish prediction that rival Michael van Gerwen will not pick up a televised title in 2021.

Wright opened his account for the year with victory at Players Championship 8 in Milton Keynes on Friday, thrashing World Champion Gerwyn Price 8-3 in the final.

The world number three, who claimed European Championship glory in 2020, has reignited his rivalry with Van Gerwen by insisting the Dutchman will not claim major silverware this year.

Van Gerwen’s last TV triumph came at the Players Championship Finals in November and after a heavy defeat to Luke Humphries in the Semi-Finals of the recent UK Open, the three-time World Champion opted out of the second PDC Super Series.

“He won’t win a TV tournament this year,” said Wright, speaking after Friday’s Super Series triumph.

“He shouldn’t be on holiday now, he should be here practicing.

“He’s a fantastic player and obviously he knows what to do, but there’s too many good players around.”

Reacting to his Players Championship win, Wright admitted: “Coming to the venue I said that I felt it was coming.

“Today I felt on a different level to everyone else.

“After the First Round, it was going to take someone special to stop me.

“It’s really weird and it’s a great feeling, and if I could put it in a jar and then take it out for the next tournament it would be fantastic – but tomorrow I could pick up the darts and throw like I did in Bolton [Super Series 1] which was absolutely terrible.

“Every year I play poo for two weeks and that was Bolton and the UK Open, so I know that’s out of the way now, so watch out.”

The 2020 World Champion will kick off his latest Premier League campaign in a fortnight’s time and says he is out to reach debutant Jonny Clayton a harsh lesson when they face off on opening night.

Wright added: “Wait until we have the crowds back and we’ll sort out who’s good and who’s ok.

“There’s three newcomers [in the Premier League] this year and I’ve got Jonny Clayton first who just happens to be the guy who’s probably the best dart player there is at the moment.

“I always like to teach the newbies a lesson in the Premier League anyway.”


Wright opens his title account for 2021 at Players Championship 8

Peter Wright picked up his first title of the year with victory in Players Championship 8, defeating Gerwyn Price 8-3 in the final.

Wright had last tasted victory in November but the world number three showed his quality as he averaged 103 across seven matches in the fourth and final event of PDC Super Series 2.

The Scot dropped just four legs in his opening three games, defeating Jack Main, Adam Hunt and William O’Connor, before being taken the distance by Steve West in the Last 16.

Wright then averaged 108 in his 6-4 Quarter-Final win over Steve Lennon and proved too strong for Joe Cullen with a clinical 7-2 Semi-Final success.

He then ended Price’s run of seven successive final wins with a dominant display to claim the £10,000 top prize and head into next month’s Premier League in winning form.

The 2020 World Champion began the final with a 14-darter before breaking throw with a superb 161 checkout for a 12-darter.

Price hit back with a 14-darter, but Wright took the next two with tops and double eight before firing in six perfect darts en route to an 11-darter to make it 5-1.

Price took out 116 for a 12-darter to respond again, but the reigning European Champion broke on double 16 and finished tops to move 7-2 up, with a 12-darter from the Welshman stemming the tide before a 14-darter sealed victory for Snakebite.

“Coming to the venue I said that I felt it was coming,” admitted Wright. “Today I felt on a different level to everyone else.

“After the First Round, it was going to take someone special to stop me.

“It’s really weird and it’s a great feeling, and if I could put it in a jar and then take it out for the next tournament it would be fantastic – but tomorrow I could pick up the darts and throw absolutely terrible!”

Price was bidding to follow up Wednesday’s Players Championship 6 victory with a second ProTour win of the week and showed his World Champion class with averages of over 108 in a win over Joe Murnan and 107 in his Quarter-Final defeat of Jason Lowe.

He also whitewashed Luke Woodhouse 6-0 and overcame Tuesday’s champion Brendan Dolan 7-2 in the Semi-Finals.

Dolan’s run to a third Semi-Final in four days completed an outstanding week at the Super Series as he defeated former World Champion Rob Cross and current Grand Slam of Darts champion Jose de Sousa along the way.

Cullen was a semi-finalist for the second time this week and a fourth time in 2021 before losing out to Wright as he continued his consistent spell of form.

Lowe and Lennon were joined in the Quarter-Finals by Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski and Germany’s Martin Schindler – who produced an encouraging run only a month after regaining his PDC Tour Card.

Mickey Mansell achieved a nine-dart finish during his First Round tie with Jamie Hughes, although the Northern Irish star lost the tie 6-5.

The day also featured an hour-long suspension in play as Raymond van Barneveld required medical treatment after falling ill inside the venue, before the Dutchman returned to his hotel room at the Marshall Arena to be further monitored.


PDC Super Series 2 Event Four Results

Friday March 19

First Round
Ricky Evans 6-5 Gavin Carlin
Ryan Searle 6-1 Raymond van Barneveld
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Scott Waites 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Keegan Brown
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Jesus Noguera
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Daniel Larsson
Devon Petersen 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 James Wilson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Martin Lukeman
Lewis Williams 6-0 Peter Hudson
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Lorenzo Pronk
Mike De Decker 6-5 Brett Claydon
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Mervyn King
Steve Beaton 6-3 John Brown
Peter Wright 6-1 Jack Main
Adam Hunt 6-5 Jake Jones
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Adrian Lewis
William O’Connor 6-3 Keane Barry
Danny Noppert 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Matthew Edgar 6-1 Eddie Lovely
Steve Brown 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Steve West 6-3 Ryan Murray
Steve Lennon 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Geert De Vos 6-4 Boris Koltsov
Darius Labanauskas 6-1 David Evans
Andy Hamilton 6-0 William Borland
Damon Heta 6-2 Chris Dobey
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Josh Payne
Callan Rydz 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Jason Heaver 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Darren Webster 6-5 Chas Barstow
Ross Smith 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Luke Humphries 6-2 Gary Blades
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Steffen Siepmann
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Alan Tabern
Rob Cross 6-4 Justin Pipe
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Nick Kenny
James Wade 6-3 Andy Boulton
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Gordon Mathers
Martin Atkins 6-4 Madars Razma
Martin Thomas 6-4 Adam Gawlas
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Wayne Jones
Ritchie Edhouse 6-0 Gino Vos
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Martin Schindler 6-3 Danny Baggish
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Peter Jacques
Joe Murnan 6-3 Berry van Peer
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Mickey Mansell – *Mansell hits a nine-darter*
Scott Mitchell 6-1 Derk Telnekes
Jeff Smith 6-5 Ian White
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Ciaran Teehan
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Luc Peters
Aaron Beeney 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Michael Smith
Alan Soutar 6-5 Max Hopp
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Ted Evetts
John Henderson 6-4 Jon Worsley
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Andrew Gilding 6-3 John Michael
Jason Lowe 6-1 Glen Durrant
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Lisa Ashton

Second Round
Joe Cullen 6-3 Ricky Evans
Ryan Searle 6-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Scott Waites 6-2 Michael Rasztovits
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Devon Petersen
Lewis Williams 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Mike De Decker
Steve Beaton 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright 6-2 Adam Hunt
William O’Connor 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Danny Noppert 6-1 Matthew Edgar
Steve West 6-3 Steve Brown
Steve Lennon 6-2 Geert De Vos
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Damon Heta 6-1 Boris Krcmar
Jason Heaver 6-2 Callan Rydz
José de Sousa 6-2 Darren Webster
Luke Humphries 6-4 Ross Smith
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Rob Cross 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
James Wade 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Martin Atkins 6-4 Martin Thomas
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Schindler 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Joe Murnan
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Jeff Smith
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Kai Fan Leung 6-2 Alan Soutar
Ryan Joyce 6-2 John Henderson
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Jason Lowe 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Losers: £500

Last 32
Joe Cullen 6-2 Ryan Searle
Scott Waites 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Lewis Williams
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Steve Beaton
Peter Wright 6-1 William O’Connor
Steve West 6-4 Danny Noppert
Steve Lennon 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Damon Heta 6-3 Jason Heaver
José de Sousa 6-4 Luke Humphries
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Rob Cross
Martin Atkins 6-4 James Wade
Martin Schindler 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Scott Mitchell
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Kai Fan Leung 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Jason Lowe 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Joe Cullen 6-2 Scott Waites
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright 6-5 Steve West
Steve Lennon 6-2 Damon Heta
Brendan Dolan 6-2 José de Sousa
Martin Schindler 6-3 Martin Atkins
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Luke Woodhouse
Jason Lowe 6-2 Kai Fan Leung
Losers: £1,500

Joe Cullen 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Peter Wright 6-4 Steve Lennon
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Martin Schindler
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Jason Lowe
Losers: £2,250

Peter Wright 7-2 Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price 7-2 Brendan Dolan
Losers: £3,000

Peter Wright 8-3 Gerwyn Price
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

“I’m glad he’s number two” – Wright reignites rivalry with Van Gerwen ahead of the Ladbrokes Masters

Peter Wright has stoked the fire with Michael van Gerwen ahead the new darts season by admitting he is “glad” the Dutchman has lost his world number one spot.

Van Gerwen saw his seven-year reign at the top of the PDC Order of Merit brought to an end by Gerwyn Price – who leapfrogged the Dutch star after being crowned World Champion on January 3.

Price succeeded Wright as World Champion and became only the tenth different world number one in PDC history, having only secured a Tour Card at Qualifying School in 2014.

Wright dropped a place to world number three after his Last 32 defeat to Gabriel Clemens at Alexandra Palace and will start the new season by attempting to successfully defend The Ladbrokes Masters title in Milton Keynes.

Wright became embroiled in a war of words with Van Gerwen at the backend of last year and has sent out another message to the three-time World Champion ahead of the season opener.

“I’m looking forward to this year, especially after some of the comments MVG has made about me,” Wright told Ladbrokes.

“I’m glad he’s number two so now I get to play him in the Semi-Finals to knock him out before he gets to a final!

“Michael’s worked really hard to be world number one and he’s won everything you can possibly win in darts.

“To take over from Phil [Taylor] he’s done an amazing job, especially so at such a young age.

“But I think the standard Michael’s been setting, everyone’s coming up to now.

“They’re seeing all the titles that Phil and Michael have won and seen what that extra bit of practice and belief can do, that maybe you can do it.

“I’ve shown it can be done, Gezzy’s shown it too. I’ve got a bit fire in my belly for this year.”

Van Gerwen won The Masters title on five consecutive occasions between 2015 and 2019 before seeing his unbeaten run ended by Jonny Clayton in Round One 12 months ago.

Wright and Van Gerwen are on a collision course for a potential Semi-Final clash on Sunday, with the Ladbrokes Masters field having been expanded from 16 to 24 players this year.

Snakebite says he has taken time out since his early exit at Ally Pally and admits the uncertain schedule has affected his practice regime.

He added: “I’ve just been doing bits and bobs that have been building up around the house. Taking the tree down, putting the decorations away – that took about a week I think!

“It’s difficult because obviously we have The Masters this week but after that we haven’t got tournaments lined up for a few weeks.

“So I could have been practising as soon as I lost in the worlds up until now and wasted all my good darts. You’ve got to practice but I don’t want to overdo it.”


Wright claims televised title hat-trick in 2020 at the European Championship

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

Peter Wright rules himself out of World Cup of Darts

Peter Wright has revealed he will not be competing in this year’s World Cup of Darts due to travel concerns.

Wright partnered Gary Anderson to glory for Scotland in last year’s PDC World Cup of Darts but will not be making himself available to defend the title.

The 2020 World Cup of Darts is due to take place from November 6-8 in Graz, Austria, with 32 teams of two players competing in a mixture of doubles and singles formats.

Wright, 50, will not be making the trip to Austria due to concerns over travelling abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is also understood his World Cup winning team-mate Anderson will also sit out the tournament due to travel concerns, having recently missed both the Autumn Series and World Series Finals.

Reigning World Champion Wright told The Weekly Dartscast: “Unfortunately, I’m not playing [in the World Cup] either.

“I can understand Gary when he says why he doesn’t travel, getting on a plane, and stuff like that.

“I thought about it a long time, and it’s another reason why I’ve pulled out of the two Europeans [events in Sindelfingen and Riesa] coming up.

“It’s not because of people not doing their jobs properly, but there’s a few idiots breaking the rules and you could pick it [the virus] up.

“Poor Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting missing out [on the World Grand Prix after positive Covid tests]. I think they probably caught that when we was in Germany.

“It’s unfortunate, but I’ve won the World Cup with Gary. I’ve achieved my dream of winning it for Scotland, but I won’t be playing in another World Cup.”

John Henderson (35th) and Robert Thornton (68th) are now in line to form the Scotland side for the World Cup, should they opt to travel.

Though he has also withdrawn from the two upcoming European Tour events in Germany, Wright admitted he will be competing in the European Championship in Oberhausen from October 29 to November 1.

He added: “You’ve got to think of your health and safety, and family.

“If the World Championships are abroad, then we’ll be driving there.

“That’s what we’re going to do for the European Championship.

“Fingers crossed things can change really quickly and we can get a vaccine out to help everybody.”

The line-ups for the upcoming World Cup of Darts are yet to be finalised, with the event set to be held in front of a limited capacity crowd.


Wright claims Players Championship 13 title to top Summer Series standings

Peter Wright secured the Players Championship 13 title with an 8-2 rout of Gerwyn Price to finish top of the PDC Summer Series Order of Merit in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

The reigning World Champion went one better than his runner-up spot on Wednesday as he clinched the £10,000 title at the Marshall Arena, sweeping aside his fellow Premier League star in the final.

Wright’s success saw him leapfrog Michael van Gerwen to finish top of the PDC Summer Series Order of Merit, which was comprised of prize money won in the five events across the week.

“I’m pleased to win and it’s great for me,” said Wright. “It could have been two wins, but I wanted to be top of the Summer Series Order of Merit and I knew I had to win today, so I’ve done that.

“It’s ideal preparation for the World Matchplay and it’s good to be back playing.

“Just the last two weeks they [eyes] have started to go bad and I thought the best time to try [wearing glasses] was in the floor tournaments – it didn’t work out too badly!”

Wright began his charge to glory with a 6-4 victory over Jelle Klaasen in Round One before recording a second successive 98 average in defeating Darren Webster 6-2.

Webster had begun his day with a nine-darter in a 6-1 win over Kim Huybrects in the opening round.

Wright then averaged 102.6 in a 6-1 rout of Brendan Dolan, before edging out Nathan Aspinall in a tense last-leg decider in the Quarter-Finals.

The world number two then registered his highest average of the day (109) en route to a 7-2 mauling of Wayne Jones in the Semi-Finals.

After sharing the final’s opening two legs, Wright took four in a row to open up a 5-1 advantage, and through Price hit back briefly, it was the World Champion who closed out a commanding win with a 99.3 average.

Price was in sensational form as he enjoyed his best run of the week, averaging above 100 in wins over William O’Connor, Darius Labanauskas, Jose De Sousa, James Wade and Devon Petersen.

That included a blistering 113 average against Labanauskas as well as his dramatic 7-6 Semi-Final win over Petersen.

Petersen fell agonisingly short of gatecrashing the World Matchplay qualification places; the South African had to win Sunday’s event to force his way into the World Matchplay field.

He defeated world number one Michael van Gerwen in a last-leg decider, as well as Lisa Ashton, Christian Bunse, Daryl Gurney and John Henderson to reach the Semi-Finals for the second time this year.

Petersen landed a 170 checkout in an epic against Price but missed one dart at double 16 for victory as his hopes of glory on the day were shattered.

Jones also won through to the Semi-Finals in his best run on the ProTour since May 2016, seeing off current Unibet Premier League leader Glen Durrant as well as Adrian Gray, Robbie Collins, Mike De Decker and Scott Baker.

Scottish ace Henderson was a quarter-finalist as he also saw a late bid to qualify for the World Matchplay fall narrowly short, with Petersen winning their shoot-out in the last eight.

Saturday’s winner James Wade and former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall also reached the quarter-finals alongside Scott Baker, who enjoyed his best run for over a year.


Players Championship 13 Results

Sunday July 12

First Round
William O’Connor 6-2 Nathan Rafferty
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Steve Lennon 6-5 Ciaran Teehan
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Jan Dekker
Joe Murnan 6-1 Graham Usher
Danny Noppert 6-5 Jason Lowe
Matthew Dennant 6-1 Scott Waites
James Wade 6-5 Reece Robinson
Scott Mitchell 6-2 Ryan Murray
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Alan Tabern 6-2 Mike van Duivenbode
Ross Smith 6-4 Joe Cullen
Chris Dobey 6-4 Jeff Smith
Gary Anderson 6-5 James Wilson
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Kai Fan Leung
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Steve Brown
Callan Rydz 6-4 Martin Atkins
John Henderson 6-4 Ricky Evans
Matt Clark 6-2 Simon Stevenson
William Borland 6-3 Rob Cross
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Jitse Van der Wal
Mickey Mansell 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Nick Kenny
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Devon Petersen 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Steve Beaton 6-3 Mark McGeeney
Christian Bunse 6-2 Michael Barnard
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Ted Evetts
Harry Ward 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Jamie Hughes (BYE) v Luke Humphries
Bradley Brooks 6-2 Conan Whitehead
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Adam Hunt
Darren Webster 6-1 Kim Huybrechts*Webster hits a nine-darter*
Andy Boulton (BYE) v Jamie Lewis
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Josh Payne
Gavin Carlin 6-4 Steve West
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Barrie Bates
Arjan Konterman 6-3 David Pallett
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Richard North 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Robert Thornton 6-4 Max Hopp
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Cameron Menzies
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Vincent Van der Meer
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Kirk Shepherd
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Gary Blades
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-2 Nathan Derry
Geert Nentjes 6-0 Ryan Searle
Madars Razma 6-1 Mervyn King
Michael Smith 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Darren Penhall
Carl Wilkinson 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Scott Baker 6-5 Harald Leitinger
Ian White 6-3 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Jacques 6-3 Martin Schindler
Keegan Brown 6-1 James Hubbard
Mike De Decker 6-3 Jonathan Worsley
Glen Durrant 6-1 Derk Telnekes
Wayne Jones 6-3 Adrian Gray
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-5 Ryan Hogarth
Robert Collins 6-5 Aaron Beeney

Second Round
Gerwyn Price 6-0 William O’Connor
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Steve Lennon
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Joe Murnan
Danny Noppert 6-4 Matthew Dennant
James Wade 6-4 Scott Mitchell
Alan Tabern 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
Chris Dobey 6-5 Ross Smith
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Gary Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Callan Rydz
John Henderson 6-4 Matt Clark
William Borland 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Devon Petersen 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Christian Bunse 6-2 Steve Beaton
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Harry Ward
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Bradley Brooks
Peter Wright 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Darren Webster 6-2 Andy Boulton
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Gavin Carlin
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Arjan Konterman
Nathan Aspinall 6-0 Ron Meulenkamp
Robert Thornton 6-3 Richard North
Martijn Kleermaker 6-3 Boris Krcmar
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Madars Razma 6-3 Geert Nentjes
Michael Smith 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Scott Baker 6-5 Carl Wilkinson
Peter Jacques 6-4 Ian White
Mike De Decker 6-5 Keegan Brown
Wayne Jones 6-4 Glen Durrant
Robert Collins 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Losers: £500

Last 32
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Jose De Sousa 6-1 Danny Noppert
James Wade 6-4 Alan Tabern
Chris Dobey 6-1 Matthew Edgar
John Henderson 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Mickey Mansell 6-4 William Borland
Devon Petersen 6-1 Christian Bunse
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright 6-2 Darren Webster
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Robert Thornton
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Madars Razma 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Scott Baker 6-3 Michael Smith
Mike De Decker 6-5 Peter Jacques
Wayne Jones 6-3 Robert Collins
Losers: £10,000

Last 16
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Jose De Sousa
James Wade 6-3 Chris Dobey
John Henderson 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Devon Petersen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Scott Baker 6-0 Madars Razma
Wayne Jones 6-4 Mike De Decker
Losers: £1,500

Gerwyn Price 6-1 James Wade
Devon Petersen 6-3 John Henderson
Peter Wright 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Wayne Jones 6-0 Scott Baker
Losers: £2,250

Gerwyn Price 7-6 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 7-2 Wayne Jones
Losers: £3,000

Peter Wright 8-2 Gerwyn Price
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000