Peter Wright beats Gerwyn Price to win Players Championship event
World winner Peter Wright is in the kind of his own life and he underlined it by beating Gerwyn Price to acquire Players Championship Five in Wigan.
The pair confront in Premier League action on Thursday in Dublin, but they served up a Guru Tour classic on a day of enormous averages plus also a of the season – Steve Lennon was that this Saturday’s devotion hitter.
On a day that establish a record for its Pro Tour average and tournament-winning typical, Snakebite missed a dart at double 20 to violate his own broadcast-record average, but he managed an astonishing 120.2 average in a second-round whitewash victory over Adrian Gray.
The final has been different on a day Price and Wright, who met in December in the World Championship semi-final, duked it out at a spellbinding final.
Both men averaged nearly 110 earlier Snakebite took out a end that was dazzling 170 to win the Last 8-6 with throw’s rest in the contest
Having come so close for so many decades, Wright is now making a habit of winning 2020, initially adding the Experts to a maiden World Championship and today promising that a first Pro Tour title of a remarkably constant season – that the fifth different winner from the launching five occasions.
Wright had dropped only seven legs at his conduct to the four in which he chased out Devon Petersen, that had a return and averaged more than 100.
“It is only the beginning. I am loving these darts and we’ve got something in the pipeline to enhance them further,” explained Snakebite, who had been beaten in both quarter-finals about the first Pro Tour weekend, then equally semi-finals of the second.
“Who knows exactly what I could win this year? I just take a leg at one time and that to it.
“As world champion, I have always got a target on my back but I feel as though I’m giving some of the other players the belief that they also can win anything”
Price, beaten by Nathan Aspinall at Players Championship 2 and unbeaten this season, had thrilled into the final on his hands but ultimately came up short as Snakebite took the honours.
World number one Michael van Gerwen might have to watch for his first title of the year he threw a 5-3 advantage against Christian Bunse to lose.
Having dropped his Premier League unbeaten record on Thursday, MvG has now registered his greatest wait for a ranking title to begin the year once he had to wait until April.
Willie O’Connor heated up due to his appearance at Dublin on Thursday as a Premier League’ Challenger’ with an impressive run into the quarter-finals where he was stopped by Cost. Last year’s Dublin’Contender’ Steve Lennon appreciated his best showing of the year to get to the semi-final.
O’Connor and Lennon awakened to reach the World Cup last for Ireland last year and the couple were in excellent shape in Wigan, Lennon recorded three averages in excess of 100 before finally falling into the Iceman, having missed match darts for a spot at the final.
Earlier in the day Lennon, that missed match darts hit on a nine-dart end with Kai Fan Leung at the leg of the 32 battle, signaling the best leg across the PDC this season.
With plenty of stories Lisa Ashton’s search for a streak of wins continues, she suffered a defeat.
Devon Petersen 6-5 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-1 Glen Durrant
Steve Lennon 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price 6-2 William O’Connor
Peter Wright 7-5 Devon Petersen
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Steve Lennon
Peter Wright 8-6 Gerwyn Price
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Coverage of the Premier League continues on Thursday, February 27 in Dublin at 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action with William O’Connor up from Michael van Gerwen. Do not forget, the policy continues through before the Play-Offs in London on May 21.