Peter Wright’s woeful form continued as he was comfortably beaten by Michael van Gerwen in the Premier League in Sheffield.
The in-form Green Machine roared to a 6-1 win over his old rival in their quarter-final – a result that never looked in doubt. Wright remains in the crucial fourth spot and is still the favourite to secure a place in the play-offs in Berlin. However, with Joe Cullen and Gerwyn Price both trimming the gap, a June trip to the German capital cannot be guaranteed for Snakebite, with two weeks of the regular season remaining.
Speaking on commentary during Sky Sports’ coverage of the action from Sheffield, former BDO world champion Mark Webster gave his verdict on Wright’s struggles and pointed out the world champion's poor record in the Premier League.
“He’s not played well enough. I just don’t think he’s settled at the moment. I feel like we say this every week but there’s a different set of darts again,” said Webster, a former Premier League player himself.
“He’s never been one to persevere [with darts]. His form has been indifferent. If you look at his Premier League campaigns in the past, he’s only featured in the play-offs twice. Maybe the week-in, week-out schedule is getting to him. He's stuttering to the top four. He’s the favourite to get there, but he’s making really heavy weather of it.”
Meanwhile, fellow commentator Wayne Mardle said: "The way Peter Wright has capitulated, it's opened the door to Joe Cullen and Gerwyn Price."
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Only last week, after a surprise defeat to rock-bottom Gary Anderson in Glasgow, Wright vowed he would win the Premier League, despite his poor form.
“I don’t panic, I’ve got class in the glass,” he declared. “You watch, I’ll be there, I’m going to win it. All that matters is the next couple of weeks, get the points, do the business, then I’m there ready for the finals. I can beat anybody in the world if I’ve prepared correctly for it. If I’ve not prepared correctly, I will lose. If I have, they will lose.”
Next week, at the O2 in London, Wright is due to face James Wade, who was ruled out of the Sheffield night as he recovers from the illness which left him in a German hospital last weekend.
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