World Darts Championship: John Part and Wayne Mardle hail two-time world champion Peter Wright | Darts News


Wright produced an extraordinary late wave to stun Smith in a thrilling World Championship final

John Part and Wayne Mardle greeted a “flawless” performance by Peter Wright at Alexandra Palace on Monday night, after the Scotsman beat Michael Smith in a thrilling final to become the sixth player in PDC history to win more World titles. Darts Championship.

Wright, who lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy for the first time in 2020, recovered from 5-4 on down to derail Bully Boy’s world championship dreams in a gripping race, winning nine of the last 10 stages to get the his second crown in three years.

The 51-year-old joins Phil Taylor, Part, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen in winning more world titles, and moves up to the same level as his compatriots Anderson and the late Jocky Wilson on two world titles each.

‘Snakebite’ took the two-set lead by storm, only for Smith who won five of the next seven sets to get close to sealing his elusive first television title.

However, the world number 2 produced a burst of fire in the latter stages of Monday’s showpiece, winning his final nine stages in 14, 13, 12, 12, 15, 13, 12, 13 and 13 darts to create a another slice of history in the capital.

“It was astounding. It was an impeccable performance,” reflects the three-time world champion Part.

“It looked like his tank was empty, it looked like he was gone for a while, but Michael [Smith] he just lost a touch of energy, enough for Peter to step in and ride that wave home.

Peter Wright becomes the sixth player to win more PDC World Championship titles

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Peter Wright becomes the sixth player to win more PDC World Championship titles

Peter Wright becomes the sixth player to win more PDC World Championship titles

He is also a great character. He’s always been one of the most emotional players and it’s really cool to see, especially his reaction.

“He was on stage almost in tears, he was disappointed for Michael. He is so understanding and he is genuine.

“He is a deserving champion and I really hope he gets the year he deserves this year, where he can do the whole tour, with a full crowd and we can honor him as a champion.”

Mardle also reserved praise for Wright’s post-match comments towards Smith, who was mortified after getting so close to achieving his lightning-fast dream.

“Peter’s words of encouragement to Michael Smith were so heartfelt,” Mardle said Sky Sports.

Peter Wright paid a thrilling tribute to Michael Smith after beating

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Peter Wright paid an exciting tribute to Michael Smith after beating “Bully Boy” in the Darts World Championship final.

Peter Wright paid an exciting tribute to Michael Smith after beating “Bully Boy” in the Darts World Championship final.

“You could see he was emotional for him, and I think that’s why Peter is so well liked. It’s impossible not to love him. He’s a consummate professional.”

It has been a sensational end to the year for Wright, who now follows world number one Gerwyn Price by just over £ 15,000 in the PDC Order of Merit.

The Scotsman has competed in three consecutive main finals and both Mardle and Part believe he will continue to be a major force within the sport for the foreseeable future.

“According to the Grand Slam, he wins the players’ championship finals and wins this one. The last three events. He is in fantastic form. He is always in fantastic form,” added Mardle.

Wright is only the fourth player in PDC history to have won six television ranking titles

Wright is only the fourth player in PDC history to have won six television ranking titles

“It was flawless. It was unlikely how he responded. Everything he does, he tries to improve.

“Even changing his darts, which was absolutely ridiculous by the way! He said he was looking for something, and he found there a gear that maybe only one or two players on the planet can find, and he’s one of them.”

Wright is the second oldest player to be crowned PDC world champion, with Taylor winning his sixteenth and final title at the age of 52 in 2013, but the world number 2 seems to improve with age.

“Peter Wright – I think he loves to play,” continued Part.

“I think he will continue as long as he continues to enjoy himself, and I think he will continue to play this game until he finally finds out which set of darts to use!”

Peter Wright raises the Sid Waddell Trophy for the second time after beating Michael Smith.

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Peter Wright raises the Sid Waddell Trophy for the second time after beating Michael Smith.

Peter Wright raises the Sid Waddell Trophy for the second time after beating Michael Smith.

“Smith is the people’s champion – his time will come”

However, while Wright was able to bask in glory, Smith was left to ponder defeat in a major televised sixth final, having succumbed to Van Gerwen in 2019’s masterpiece at Alexandra Palace.

The 31-year-old performed magnificently, averaging 99.2 and hitting 24 highs, equaling Wright’s semifinal world championship record.

He was simply beaten by an inspired opponent who underscored his credentials as one of the sport’s all-time greats with three practically flawless final sets, and Mardle urged “Bully Boy” to take the positives of a brilliant campaign.

“I can’t stress this enough for Michael: he didn’t falter, he didn’t wither, he just happened to run into someone who did something extraordinary to push the boundary.

“He’s not the world champion, but he’s the people’s champion right now. They love him. They love what he does, what he throws, what he brings to the game and they want the best for him. I think we all do. get there. It will. “

Part on Michael Smith …

“Michael Smith can’t beat himself by thinking, ‘I was in a winning position.’ He was in the lead but it wasn’t a winning position, because Peter Wright made sure of it.”

Smith – who rises to number 5 in the world thanks to his exploits in the past three weeks – can draw encouragement from Wright’s trajectory in recent years.

“Snakebite” lost 12 of his first 13 televised finals prior to his 2020 World Championship success, but has since added six individual majors to his tally.

Smith has already participated in two World Finals, a Premier League Final and a World Matchplay Final, but given the way he has matured over the past 12 months, Part insists it’s only a matter of time before the St Helen star breaks. .

Peter Wright and Michael Smith exchanged five tons of results in a thrilling World Championship final in Ally Pally.

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Peter Wright and Michael Smith exchanged five tons of results in a thrilling World Championship final in Ally Pally.

Peter Wright and Michael Smith exchanged five tons of results in a thrilling World Championship final in Ally Pally.

“He’s certainly a different creature. There were so many positives he could draw from this event and I think the audience reaction when he was interviewed as runner-up, what a positive thing.

“He’s not the world champion, but he’s the people’s champion right now. They love him.

“They love what he does, what he throws, what he brings to the game and they want the best for him. I think we all love him. He will come. He will.”

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