Wright produces incredible comeback to deny Smith and reach Grand Slam of Darts final
Peter Wright will face off against Gerwyn Price once more in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts with third times the charm on the mind of 'Snakebite' after a remarkable comeback to deny Michael Smith 16-12.
Wright came from 12-8 down and seemingly staring down the barrel of defeat with an unplayable spell to deny Smith potentially one of his best chances at an elusive major.
He averaged 100.7 in the end and hit 15 maximums as Wright as usual hits form at the right time.
Last time he faced Price at the Grand Slam of Darts in the final, he was breezed past 16-6 in double quick time, will it be the same outcome between the World's top two or will Wright take home another title to his collection?
Smith could have surged into a big lead early on missing six darts for 4-1 with Wright landing double 16 to trail 3-2.
'Snakebite' returned with a 97 checkout using double 19 and double 20 to level it up from there at 3-3.
But Smith attempted to surge away again with a 170 checkout to regain his advantage at 4-3 before making it 6-4 at the interval.
Wright continued to keep pace with Smith with a 108 checkout to trail 7-6 before staying at 8-7 at the next interval after Smith had hit the same finish.
Smith though had another brilliant spell and surged away once more going two clear at 10-8 before producing a 121 checkout for 12-8.
But Wright produced a 170 checkout which was a catalyst for an incredible revival. He clawed himself back to just one behind at 11-12 before taking out 60 after Smith missed two darts at doubles and it was 12-12.
Suddenly the impetus was with Wright who pounced on missed darts at doubles in the next legs to go two clear at 14-12.
He kicked off the requisite leg with seven perfect darts and hit double 16 for a ten-darter and a 15-12 lead.
A 180 and double 14 secured Wright an incredible win and he will now face Gerwyn Price.