Peter Wright endured more final disappointment in front of the cameras after losing 6-4 to Michael van Gerwen in the German Darts Masters on Monday.
The Mendham-based thrower took on the world number one in the final of the latest European Tour event on the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) circuit earlier this week.
And ‘Snakebite’ looked on course to avenge his recent UK Open final defeat to van Gerwen when he opened up a 4-2 lead when the two faced off in the decider on the Ballhousforum stage in Munich.
However, the Dutchman hit it back to 4-4 with an 85 finish in leg eight with a superb 11-darter and hit double 16 to move 5-4 up, before Wright missed the same double to force a deciding leg.
And it was Van Gerwen who held his nerve, taking out 70 to steal the title from Wright’s grasp and deny him a first tournament win in front of the cameras since the European Open back in 2014.
Fresh from coming back from 6-4 down to rescue a 6-6 draw against Phil Taylor in the Betway Premier League last Thursday, Wright began his campaign in Munich in style.
A 121 checkout on the bull secured him a 6-4 win over Stephen Bunting in the last 32, before he survived a match dart to beat Spain’s Cristo Reyes 6-5 in the next round.
Wright then coasted into the semi-finals with a 6-2 win in the last eight, despite a brave display from James Richardson.
Richardson averaged 110 over the first half of the match but fell away as the world number five then assumed control to take the win with an 101.78 average to book his place in the last four.
Building on momentum the Scot then made it through to a fourth European Tour final with a 6-4 victory over number two seed Michael Smith.
However, he was unable to halt his opponent’s blistering start to the new year as he was edged out to miss out on the £25,000 top prize.
n Wright was set to return to Premier League action against Dave Chisnall at The Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff last night.