Snakebite claims final day Super Series honours

Wright follows up title in March with another Pro Tour title, following Joe Cullen on Monday and Jose De Sousa on Tuesday and Wednesday into the winner’s circle this week

Last Updated: 17/06/21 8:06pm

Peter Wright claimed his second Pro Tour title of the year with victory over Luke Humphries (Image: PDC/Lawrence Lustig)
Peter Wright claimed his second Pro Tour title of the year with victory over Luke Humphries (Image: PDC/Lawrence Lustig)

Peter Wright returned to the winner’s circle, beating Luke Humphries to win Players Championship 16 – the final event of Super Series 4.

Snakebite has struggled for form of late, failing to reach the Premier League Play-Offs and suffering a fourth-round exit at the UK Open in the year’s big events.

However, he reached Wednesday’s quarter-finals in Milton Keynes and produced a blistering run to claim his second title of the year, culminating in an 8-4 victory over Luke Humphries in the final where he averaged 109.

“I’m very pleased,” said Wright, who averaged more than 100 for the day.

“I always seem to leave it until the last day! I was 5-3 down against Ryan Joyce and said ‘I’ll be in the car in a minute, [to wife] Jo’ but he didn’t finish me off. He let me sneak in leg by leg.

“Luke’s a quality player. I’ve played him many times, and it shows you how good the darts system that we’ve got is that he’s come so far.”

Super Series 4 – This Week’s Players Championship Finals

Players Championship 16 Peter Wright 8-4 Luke Humphries
Players Championship 15 Jose De Sousa 8-7 Ryan Searle
Players Championship 14 Jose De Sousa 8-6 Michael van Gerwen
Players Championship 13 Joe Cullen 8-6 Gerwyn Price

Wright, the world no 2, picks up the £10,000 first prize and consolidates his position behind Gerwyn Price at the top of the world rankings after Michael van Gerwen withdrew from the final day of action – leaving the Dutchman third in the world and without a title since November last year.

Wright kicked off the day with wins over Scott Williams and Lorenzo Pronk before firing the first of four three-figure averages on the day in edging our Ryan Joyce 6-5.

The 2020 world champion then came through another last-leg decider to beat Brendan Dolan before averaging 103 to beat Rob Cross 6-1 in the quarter-final and 106 to whitewash Callan Rydz in the last four.

Players Championship Titles 2021

3 Jose De Sousa
2 Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen, Peter Wright
1 Brendan Dolan, Gerwyn Price, Callan Rydz, Michael Smith
Raymond van Barneveld, Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dirk van Duijvenbode

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Peter Wright and Ryan Searle join us for the next episode, available Tuesday June 22

Humphries was also in fine form across the day to reach his fourth final of the year. The two-time world youth champion reached his first major televised final at the UK Open in March and has already lost to Jose De Sousa and Price in Pro Tour finals this year.

And he came up short again against Wright, who raced into a 3-0 lead in the final with 15, 13 and 11-dart legs that included two breaks of the Humphries throw. Snakebite was on the back foot when Humphries claimed the next two but another three-leg burst from Wright was enough to take him within two of the finishing line.

Humphries is still waiting for a senior title after a fourth final defeat of 2021 (Image: PDC/Lawrence Lustig)
Humphries is still waiting for a senior title after a fourth final defeat of 2021 (Image: PDC/Lawrence Lustig)

The pair split the last four legs, Wright winning the last two to leave ‘Cool Hand Luke’ still looking for his first senior title while claiming a 36th of his own.

After winning on Tuesday and Wednesday, De Sousa’s winning streak was halted at 13 by Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez, while Price was beaten in the last eight by Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode who also ended the hopes of Premier League champion Jonny Clayton.

De Sousa did little wrong, throwing seven 180s and taking out three huge finishes in a match average of 106, but Rodriguez averaged 98 himself on his way to a 6-5 second-round victory thanks to a last-leg decider.

In the race for a place at the World Matchplay, Latvia’s Madars Razma moved back into the last Pro Tour spot after a run to the last 32 that knocked Stephen Bunting out of 16th and final place, while Humphries and Rydz’s runs on Thursday leave them looking good for a Blackpool debut.

The Pro Tour resumes in Coventry next month with the latest batch of Pro Tour events, the four Players Championship events represent the final chance to quality for the World Matchplay with the field of 32 set to be confirmed after the final event on Friday July 9.

Source : Sky Sports