Peter Wright was delighted to end a long-running curse against Michael van Gerwen.

Snakebite defeated the world number one 7-5 in the Premier League on Thursday. The win in Cardiff was his first against van Gerwen in a TV event. Wright’s woes against Mighty Mike go back a long way. He has lost to the Dutchman in the final of two UK Opens, two World Series Finals, the Grand Slam and the World Championship. Last year, Wright missed six darts against van Gerwen in the Premier League final. Van Gerwen pounced, and took the title. This time, the Scot came out on top.

He said: “It’s always nice to beat Michael because I’ve let him off a few times. Today he let me off, but it’s about time!”

The world number two went 3-1 up, before van Gerwen made it 3-3. Wright then won the next two legs, but a 170 checkout kept the Dutch ace in the game. A 116 finish helped Snakebite across the line. However, he felt he was far from his best in Cardiff.

“I’ll be working hard on the practice board because I didn’t play well at the start of the game. Michael missed a few doubles and I punished him,” he said.

“There’s loads more to come from me but it’s good to get the two points.”

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Author: Edward McCosh