Wright bounces back from disappointment to seal title

TITLE SUCCESS: Peter Wright , who clinched the  Shetland Masters title          PICTURE: Dunecht 4 x 4 Shetland Masters
TITLE SUCCESS: Peter Wright , who clinched the Shetland Masters title PICTURE: Dunecht 4 x 4 Shetland Masters

Darts ace Peter Wright got over the disappointment of his elimination from the Betway Premier League by sealing the Shetland Masters title.

Having suffered elimination from the Premier League in Manchester at the beginning of the month, the Mendham-based star enjoyed a memorable trip back home to his native Scotland for the tournament, which took place in the Broch of Clickimin.

Showing no hangover from his disappointing exit, the 44-year-old got off to a promising start, overcoming Robert Thornton in the quarter-finals courtesy of an 8-7 success and a 94.53 average.

The colourful ace continued that momentum into the semi-finals, increasing his average to 96.49 to secure an 8-5 semi-final victory over Tony O’Shea to book his place in the final.

There he would meet Dutchman and reigning Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld, who had brushed aside James Wade in the quarter-finals in an 8-2 win before overcoming John Henderson with a hard-fought 8-5 success in the last four.

A close encounter ensued between the pair with ‘Snakebite’ eventually prevailing, despite having an inferior average to his opponent, to secure an 8-6 win and clinch the title in front of a delighted Scottish crowd.