Peter Wright hopes learning from the mistakes in his latest final defeat will help him end his wait for a first television title this weekend.
The Mendham-based thrower was narrowly beaten 11-10 by world number one Michael van Gerwen in the finale of the Unibet World Series Finals on Sunday, with the Dutchman defying Wright’s 106.40 average to claim the £30,000 prize.
After trailing 4-0 in the early stages of the final, ‘Snakebite’ battled back with five legs on the spin to lead 5-4, and was primed on 90 to win the match in the 20th leg.
However van Gerwen took out 129 on the bull to force a decider, which he won in 11 darts with a 50 checkout after Wright was unable to take out 121.
“I played alright. It was just one mistake that cost me,” admitted Wright, who takes on Steve Beaton in the first round of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals tonight.
“I missed doubles at crucial times which would have put me further ahead in the final.
“I’ll learn from it and I’m still getting better. Hopefully I can carry this form on and get to another final this weekend.
“I’ve got a tough first round game against Steve Beaton, who I will have to respect 150 per cent. I need to concentrate straight away from the first leg.”
The top 32 on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Pro Tour Order of Merit descend on the Butlins Minehead Resort for the next three days, with Wright the third seed for the last tournament before the World Championship, which gets underway on December 17.
With this weekend presenting the last chance for the players to get some serious match practice in before the big one at Alexandra Palace, Wright is targeting a seventh television final appearance on Sunday night.
“Obviously Michael van Gerwen is going to be the one to beat, but hopefully I will also be a contender,” he said.
“There’s loads of guys on form at the moment. Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson play each other in the first round as well so one of them will be out of the way early on in the tournament.
“It’s a good event for the crowds as you get 4,000 people on the site. They buy a chalet for the weekend and tickets for the darts, which makes it a really good weekend.”