PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS: Wright, Barney share spoils

ALL SQUARE: Peter Wright played out a 6-6 draw with Raymond van Barneveld in Brighton. PICTURE: Lawrence Lustig
ALL SQUARE: Peter Wright played out a 6-6 draw with Raymond van Barneveld in Brighton. PICTURE: Lawrence Lustig

On a draw-laden night of Betway Premier League Darts in Brighton, there was nothing to split Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright and Raymond van Barneveld as their encounter ended 6-6.

A tight contest saw the opening eight legs shared evenly, before world number three Wright broke for the first time to lead 5-4.

The Mendham thrower followed that up by holding his own throw when landing double eight, securing himself at least a point in the process.

However, Van Barneveld responded in positive fashion, hitting two 180s in a 13-darter to keep his hopes alive in leg 11, and then producing a majestic 140 finish on double ten to share the points.

The result — one of four draws on the night — has left Wright fourth in the standings, just one point below the three players above him — Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and James Wade.

Next Thursday (March 2), Wright returns to action in Exeter against Adrian Lewis.