Peter 'Snakebite' Wright had the help of both Pennywise the Dancing Clown and the Ultimate Warrior as he saw off the threat of Michael Smith to win the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship.

The 51-year-old went from 5-4 down to reel off three successive sets and take the crown for a second time having come through a barnstormer with Gary Anderson in his semi-final.

Although Wright put an end to his purple shirt superstition and wore blue for the Alexandra Palace showdown, he did call on the help of some unlikely characters.

Known for having superstitions, Wright had now explained why he didn't end up missing his lucky Space Jam pants – because he had two 'inspirational' characters on his socks.

He said: "I was worried because I realised I’d left those Space Jam pants at home.

"But instead I had lucky socks on. One sock has the horror film character Pennywise on it and the other is Ultimate Warrior.

"Maybe that became lucky and appropriate in the end because I needed to be the Ultimate Warrior to beat Michael.

"My daughter Naomi got me the Space Jam pants two years ago for Christmas and they proved to be lucky. Now I’ll have to wear the pants and socks for every big tournament!"

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Wright went into the tournament as the second seed behind 2021 champion Gerwyn Price, and saw off Ryan Meikle, Damon Heta, Ryan Searle and Callan Rydz to reach the last four.

The Scot, who lifted his first world title back in 2020, has now won seven premier PDC events since his first in 2017, already making him one of the most successful players in history.

Wright has often spoken about the influence of wife Jo and daughter Naomi on his enviable darting achievements, which have earned him almost £4million in prize money.

Next on the agenda for Wright is Naomi's wedding – where he has promised to look his smartest.

He added: "I won’t be having hair done or head paint, I’m going to shave it all off. I’ll have my kilt and everything, just hope it’s not snowing.

"It will be in a converted barn. But the World Championship trophy will be on the top table. My daughter wants to turn it into a double celebration for me winning as well, so it will be lovely.

"It’s nice to have the trophy back. I said to my wife Jo yesterday, it would be nice to get the trophy back and have a photo with the Matchplay and the Players Championship Finals and the World Cup."

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