Snakebite aims to go distance after Grand Slam shoot-out

SHEER DELIGHT: Peter 'Snakebite' Wright roars with joy during his 5-3 victory over Mervyn King
SHEER DELIGHT: Peter 'Snakebite' Wright roars with joy during his 5-3 victory over Mervyn King

Peter Wright safely secured his SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts second round qualification with a 5-3 victory over Mervyn King.

In what was a straight shoot-out between the pair in Group D, the Mendahm-based world number four claimed the only break of throw in the game in leg seven before sealing victory and progression into the next round.

“It was easier knowing that it was a straight shoot-out like a normal knockout tournament and I knew what I had to do,” said Snakebite.

“My scoring wasn’t great but there was a lot of respect there between us.

“I’ve still only been playing steady darts, so I can wake up in the next round and relax over a longer distance now.”

The win meant that Wright tops Group D ahead of Dave Chisnall, who had qualified after his first two wins before losing out 5-1 to Scott Mitchell, as the Lakeside Champion produced a fine display to earn a consolation win.

Wright’s own fate had been in the balance after suffering a 5-2 defeat to Chisnall in his previous match, in which his opponent hit a stunning nine-dart finish.

The 2014 Grand Slam of Darts runner-up Chisnall achieved his first televised perfect leg during a superb victory against Wright as he won his second game of the group stage and sealed progression to the last 16.

Chisnall had already finished a 136 check-out to win his opening leg against Wright and posted a 180 as he doubled his lead before kicking off the third leg with two more maximums.

He then took out 141 with treble 20, treble 19 and double 12 to bring the Wolverhampton Civic Hall crowd to its feet in recognition of the third nine-dart finish in the nine-year history of the Grand Slam of Darts.

Chisnall went on to take out 101 for a third ton-plus finish of the game, and ended the match with an average of 109.84 - the highest in the opening two days of this year’s event.

n Wright was due back in action last night (Thursday) as he faced up against Adrian Lewis in a best of 19 legs tie.

The second round was due to conclude on Thursday with the remaining four matches as the battle to claim the £100,000 first prize continues.