Snakebite loses out in last eight at Austria Open

PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 2016
ROTTERDAM AHOY,
ROTTERDAM,NETHERLANDS
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD V PETER WRIGHT
PETER WRIGHT IN ACTION

PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 2016 ROTTERDAM AHOY, ROTTERDAM,NETHERLANDS PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD V PETER WRIGHT PETER WRIGHT IN ACTION

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Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright’s quest for the Austrian Open title was ended at the quarter-final stage on Sunday evening.

The Mendham thrower beat Jermaine Wattimena and Alan Norris to reach the last eight in Vienna, only to then be ousted by Terry Jenkins.

Having been handed a first-round bye, Wright eased to victory over Wattimena in the second round.

In a best of 11 contest, Wright dropped just one leg against his Dutch opponent.

However, it was not so straighforward for the 46-year-old when he faced World Championship quarter-finalist Norris next time out.

Level at five legs apiece, Wright bust a score of 120, but he was given a repreive after Norris failed to check out 56. Wright subsequently regained his composure to hit tops and advance through to a clash with Jenkins.

Scotland’s Wright actually outscored Jenkins in terms of 180s over the course of the match, but his average of 85.72 proved to be decisive in a 6-4 defeat.

The tournament was eventually won by former world number one Phil Taylor, who scored seven 180s on his way to beating Michael Smith in the final.

Wright will now head for New Zealand to feature in the Auckland Darts Masters.

The tournament gets under way today, when Wright will take on an Oceania qualifier in the first round.

Last year at the same event, Wright was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Englishman James Wade.