Peter Wright picked up his first televised title for more than a year at the Nordic Darts Masters with a crushing win over Gerwyn Price in the final in Copenhagen.
Wright endured a difficult 2022 after claiming his second World Championship title, but returned to winning ways in encouraging fashion to claim a fourth World Series title on Saturday.
He followed up Friday’s narrow First Round win over Dennis Nilsson at Forum Copenhagen by going all the way to a deciding leg again in his Quarter-Final tie with rival Michael van Gerwen.
Having edged a 10-9 win in that contest, he then overcame newly-crowned World Champion Michael Smith 11-8 in the Semi-Finals, ending Bully Boy’s 12-match unbeaten run.
Wright raced into a 4-0 lead before Smith showed his quality to level after ten legs, but the Scot pulled clear in the second half of the game to move into the final.
He also made an outstanding start against Price, finishing 104, 149 and 140 as he stormed into a five-leg lead.
Price took two of the next three with legs of 13 and 14 darts to hit back to 6-2, and after Wright took the next three he fired in checkouts of 140 and 156 to reduce the gap to 9-5.
A missed bullseye, for a 121 finish, allowed Wright to land tops for a 13-darter as he moved a leg away from the title, and another miss from Price – this time at tops – allowed him to post double eight and seal the title.
“It’s lovely when darts go like that – I just felt unbeatable,” admitted Wright. “It doesn’t matter who was in front of me.
“I feel really good. The way I felt, no-one was going to touch me in the final – the darts were flowing.
“Gezzy’s a fantastic player, he was in the final in Bahrain last week and he’s beaten me the last four times I played him so I’ve got one back!
“To beat the best players in the world is brilliant. To be invited to play on the World Series, I’m grateful, and the amazing crowds make the difference.
“Last year was a bit tough so let’s get on it and start winning! This will give me confidence for the Masters next week.”
Price’s run saw him reach a second successive World Series final, after losing out to Smith in the decider in Bahrain last weekend.
The Welshman ended Dimitri Van den Bergh’s title defence with a clinical 10-7 quarter-final win, before coming from 2-0, 6-3 and 9-7 down in the semis to defeat Jonny Clayton 11-10.
“I wasn’t in the final,” admitted Price. “I won five legs but probably should have won one, but Peter was playing fantastic and all credit to him. He was great in the final.
“I was burned out in this one – I just had no fight in me, I sort-of rolled over and had my belly ticked, and Peter won so fair play to him.
“I’ll come good, I’m playing well and doing alright. The fans are fantastic – it’s been great here and in Bahrain.”
Smith’s first defeat as World Champion came in the Last Four against Wright, after he had proved too strong for Luke Humphries earlier in the day.
Clayton was Saturday’s other Quarter-Final winner as he swept aside Rob Cross 10-4, only to miss out narrowly to Welsh rival Price for a second event in a row.
Saturday January 21
Gerwyn Price 10-7 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Rob Cross 4-10 Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith 10-7 Luke Humphries
Peter Wright 10-9 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 11-10 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 11-8 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 11-5 Gerwyn Price
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Reigning champion Peter Wright has withdrawn from the 2022 Players Championship Finals for family reasons.
Wright claimed Players Championship Finals glory for the first time a year ago, edging out Ryan Searle 11-10 in a dramatic final at Butlins Minehead.
The reigning World Champion had been set to begin his title defence against European Champion Ross Smith in a blockbuster First Round tie on Friday November 25.
However, Wright has withdrawn from the event as his wife Joanne continues to receive treatment following a recent gallbladder operation.
Wright is replaced directly in the draw by the next-ranked player from the 2022 Players Championship Order of Merit, meaning that Dutch prospect Gian Van Veen will now make his debut.
Wright suffered an agonising exit at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton on Tuesday, missing out on a place in the knock-out phase by just one leg after a 5-2 defeat to Nathan Aspinall in his final group fixture.
His withdrawal means Gerwyn Price will now head to Alexandra Palace as the number one seed for the World Championship.
Meanwhile, the schedule of play has been confirmed for the opening day in Minehead, where play will be split across two stages in one bumper session of darts from 10.30am-6.30pm UK time.
Friday November 25
Rob Cross v Kevin Doets
Joe Cullen v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Damon Heta v Ricardo Pietreczko
James Wade v Mensur Suljovic
Josh Rock v Cameron Menzies
Gian van Veen v Ross Smith
Nathan Aspinall v Martijn Kleermaker
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Martin Lukeman
Danny Noppert v Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith v Ritchie Edhouse
Gerwyn Price v Ryan Joyce
Kim Huybrechts v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Ryan Meikle
Luke Humphries v Nathan Rafferty
Andrew Gilding v Ricky Evans
Callan Rydz v Madars Razma
Daryl Gurney v Keegan Brown
Scott Williams v Alan Soutar
Brendan Dolan v Jermaine Wattimena
Jim Williams v Mike De Decker
Krzysztof Ratajski v William O’Connor
Adrian Lewis v Keane Barry
Jose de Sousa v Danny Jansen
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Mickey Mansell
Ryan Searle v Mervyn King
Stephen Bunting v Jamie Hughes
Chris Dobey v Geert Nentjes
Martin Schindler v Vincent van der Voort
Jonny Clayton v John O’Shea
Matt Campbell v Steve Beaton
Gabriel Clemens v Gary Anderson
Dave Chisnall v Niels Zonneveld
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Peter Wright has regained the PDC world number one spot following the 2022 World Grand Prix in Leicester.
Reigning World Champion Wright has once again leapfrogged rival Gerwyn Price into the number one ranking on the Main Order of Merit following his run to the Semi-Finals of the double-start event last week.
Price, who picked up the Grand Prix title two years ago, needed to regain the trophy in order to remain world number one, but also fell at the Semi-Final hurdle.
Wright’s run was ended by a ruthless 4-0 whitewash at the hands of eventual champion Michael van Gerwen, while Price went down 4-2 to Nathan Aspinall.
Price faces a crucial run-in between now and the end of the season, with £500,000 to defend against his ranking from his World Championship triumph in January 2021.
Wright, meanwhile, is defending £120,000 later this month from his European Championship crown in 2020, as well as £25,000 in November from reaching the Semi-Finals of the 2020 Players Championship Finals.
Van Gerwen’s sixth Grand Prix success has seen him close the gap on the top two, adding to his World Matchplay triumph in July and his unranked Premier League title in June.
The remainder of the top eight remains unchanged following the World Grand Prix, while Danny Noppert has moved above Gary Anderson into ninth and Aspinall has climbed five places to 11th courtesy of his resurgent run to the final in Leicester.
Dirk van Duijvenbode, the 2020 Grand Prix runner-up, has fallen three places to 16th following his First Round exit this year, while Ross Smith is up five places to 27th after reaching the Last 16 for the second successive year.
Simon Whitlock’s failure to qualify for the Grand Prix having reached the Semi-Finals two years ago has seen him drop four places to 30th, while Madars Razma’s debut run to the Quarter-Finals sees him climb five places to 36th.
Martin Lukeman, who also reached the Last Eight in his debut appearance, surges 16 places to 43rd as he continues his meteoric rise this season.
Devon Petersen has slipped out of the top 32 into 33rd and also failed to come through to the weekend’s African qualifier for the World Championship, meaning he has work to do if he is to secure a return to Ally Pally in December.
Jeffrey de Zwaan, quarter-finalist in 2020, has fallen 11 places to 62nd after his failure to qualify, putting his Tour Card status in jeopardy come the end of the campaign.
Ryan Joyce and Glen Durrant have dropped three and four places respectively after also failing to qualify for this year’s World Grand Prix – which featured a record prize fund of £600,000.
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|6||Jose de Sousa||£494,000|
|14||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£374,500|
|16||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£330,250|
|28||Vincent van der Voort||£173,750|
|53||Raymond van Barneveld||£79,250|
|62||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£63,750|
|63||Mike De Decker||£62,500|
|92||Berry van Peer||£19,750|
|99||Geert De Vos||£17,500|
|132||Danny van Trijp||£7,250|
|137||Jules van Dongen||£5,500|
|147||Gian van Veen||£3,500|
|177||Dennie Olde Kalter||£1,000|
|192||Jeremy van der Winkel||£750|
|197||Carlo van Peer||£750|
Peter Wright ended a five-year wait for a European Tour title at the 2022 German Darts Open in Jena with an 8-6 victory over Dimitri Van den Bergh in the final.
Wright, competing in just his second tournament since returning from gallstones surgery last month, produced a series of superb displays to scoop the £25,000 top prize at the Sparkassen-Arena on Sunday.
The reigning World Champion defied a spirited display from Van den Bergh to pick up his seventh European Tour title and a first since 2017.
Wright made a blistering start to the final, following up finishes of 120 and 160 with an audacious ten-darter on the bull to establish a 3-2 lead.
Van den Bergh responded with a 12-darter to level at three apiece – sparking a run of three straight legs for the Belgian – although misses at tops and then the bull for a 161 checkout in consecutive legs enabled Wright to restore parity at five-all.
The colourful Scot rattled in a 13-darter to regain the lead, and although Van den Bergh again delivered a 12-dart riposte, Wright followed up a 68 combination with a 13-dart hold to clinch victory
“Dimitri is a fantastic player. He’s the future of darts, but the old guy is still doing it!” claimed Wright, celebrating his first PDC ranking title since February.
“Last week I really fancied going to Hungary and winning the tournament, but I went out first round. I wasn’t good enough.
“Jena is a fantastic place to play though. The crowd get behind me and inspire me to play fantastic darts, and we wouldn’t be anywhere without these amazing fans.”
Following his early exit in Hungary last weekend, Wright returned to winning ways with a 6-3 victory over Raymond van Barneveld on Saturday night, and saw off Jonny Clayton by the same score-line to continue his challenge on Sunday afternoon.
The world number two produced a dominant display to sweep aside Ross Smith 6-2 in the Quarter-Finals, before ending Joe Cullen’s quest for back-to-back European Tour titles with a 7-4 victory in the Semi-Finals, posting ton-plus averages in both matches.
Van den Bergh, featuring in his second European Tour final of the year, endured an eventful evening in Jena – undergoing a medical assessment after he felt unwell following his Quarter-Final win.
The former World Matchplay champion, who eased past David Evans on Saturday afternoon, fought back from 4-1 down to dump out Luke Woodhouse in the Last 16, producing an 11-darter in the decider after Woodhouse had missed the bull for victory.
The 28-year-old then converted three ton-plus checkouts to defeat a wasteful Krzysztof Ratajski in the last eight, before easing past Jose De Sousa 7-3 in the Semi-Finals.
De Sousa posted a 101 average in seeing off Steve Beaton on Sunday afternoon, before pinning a 126 checkout on the bull to stun world number one Gerwyn Price in a thrilling Quarter-Final.
Meanwhile, Cullen won through to the Semi-Finals with a trio of deciding-leg wins, landing a sensational 136 checkout to edge out Joe Murnan, while surviving match darts in wins over Daryl Gurney and top seed Luke Humphries.
Humphries – a four-time winner on the European Tour in 2022 – kicked off Sunday’s action by dispatching Dave Chisnall with a 105 average, only to squander five match darts in his quarter-final clash against Cullen.
Price and Smith also suffered last eight exits despite landing 106 averages in wins over Martin Schindler and Damon Heta earlier in the day, while Ratajski’s European Championship qualification hopes remain in the balance following his defeat to Van den Bergh.
Sunday September 11
Luke Humphries 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Daryl Gurney 5-6 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Damon Heta 3-6 Ross Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Martin Schindler
Steve Beaton 3-6 Jose de Sousa
Rob Cross 5-6 Krzysztof Ratajski
Luke Woodhouse 5-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Luke Humphries 5-6 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 6-2 Ross Smith
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Jose de Sousa
Krzysztof Ratajski 3-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Peter Wright 7-4 Joe Cullen
Dimitri van den Bergh 7-3 Jose de Sousa
Peter Wright 8-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
Peter Wright will miss the trio of World Series events in Australia and New Zealand for medical reasons, and will be replaced by Dimitri Van den Bergh.
World Champion Wright had been set to star in the Queensland Darts Masters, New South Wales Darts Masters and New Zealand Darts Masters in August.
However, the world number two has withdrawn from the World Series tournaments in order to undergo further medical treatment for an ongoing gallstones problem.
“I’m devastated to have to miss the visits to Australia and New Zealand but after further medical checks I have to put my health first,” said Wright.
“I was really looking forward to finally getting to Australia and New Zealand and being introduced Down Under as the reigning World Champion in front of all the great fans there.
“I’ll be doing everything I can to retain the World Championship and be back there next year instead!”
Wright will be replaced amongst the eight PDC representatives in the 16-player events by Belgian star Van den Bergh, who won the Nordic Darts Masters and Dutch Darts Masters events in June.
Van den Bergh was also a semi-finalist in the World Matchplay in Blackpool last week, having won that title two years ago.
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Michael van Gerwen
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Top two non-qualified players from DPNZ Order of Merit following events in Christchurch on August 6-7
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.
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.
|5||Michael van Gerwen||£550,250|
|7||Jose de Sousa||£435,500|
|9||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£411,250|
|15||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£268,250|
|30||Vincent van der Voort||£180,000|
|47||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£75,250|
|56||Raymond van Barneveld||£58,000|
|66||Mike De Decker||£49,750|
|82||Geert De Vos||£11,250|
|85||Berry van Peer||£9,000|
|131||Danny van Trijp||£1,000|
|138||Jules van Dongen||£750|
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.
Sunday November 28
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
Brendan Dolan 6-11 Ryan Searle
Peter Wright 11-6 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 11-10 Ryan Searle
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.
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.
Sunday September 12
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
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
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.”