Peter Wright’s latest bid for a maiden televised title ended at the semi-final stage of the Sydney Darts Masters at the weekend.
The Mendham-based thrower had beaten Loz Ryder and James Wade to reach the final day of the fourth World Series event on the PDC calender, but came unstuck against 16-time world champion Phil Taylor.
Wright raced into a 2-0 lead in the last four clash, before Taylor reeled off seven consecutive legs to move 7-2 up in the best of 19 legs encounter.
The sixth of those seven consecutive legs saw Taylor throw a nine-dart leg, to become the first player to hit a nine-darter in the World Series since its inception in 2013.
Wright fought back by winning three legs in a row to reduce Taylor’s lead to 7-5, before the next four legs were shared to move the score to 9-7.
Taylor took out double 10 in the leg 17 to book his place in the final, which he would go on to win 11-3 against Adrian Lewis to seal a hat-trick of titles in Sydney.
Wright returns to action today when he takes on New Zealand qualifier Mark Cleaver in the first round of the inaugural Auckland Masters.
Cleaver makes his television debut against Wright over the best of 11 legs at the Trusts Arena, with the winner to play either James Wade or Paul Nicholson in the quarter-finals.