Peter Wright saw his hopes of lifting this year’s PDC World Championship title dashed after he slumped to a 5-1 quarter-final defeat to fellow Scotsman Gary Anderson.
The Mendham-based darts ace, who lost 7-4 in last year’s final to Michael Van Gerwen, missed out on the opportunity of gaining revenge against the Dutchman, who overcame Robert Thornton earlier in the evening in a dominant display to seal his place in the semi-finals.
Fifth seed ‘Snakebite’ found himself two legs behind in the first set with fourth seed Anderson eventually taking the set 3-1 with an impressive 110 average and 100 percent finishing rate on the doubles.
Wright found himself behind in the second set but responded to level despite a host of missed chances before going ahead. However the flying Scotsman came back in fine fashion, levelling before capitalising on another missed finish from Wright to take the second set and commanding lead in the tie.
A wobble in form at the start of the third set from Anderson gave the initiative to Wright and he took full advantage to claim a 3-1 leg victory and reduce the set deficit to 2-1.
However, ‘Snakebite’ failed to build on momentum as Anderson punished him for some wayward darts to cruise to a 3-1 leg win to reinstate his two-set cushion with a 3-1 advantage.
He was punished further in the fifth set, despite a spirited display to level the scores at two legs each, as Anderson clinched the deciding leg to take the set and extend his advantage further.
And with a spot in the semi-finals well within his sights, Anderson showed no mercy in the final set to seal a 3-2 victory and secure his berth in the final four.