Peter Wright’s world title bid is over after losing 5-2 to Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Championship tonight.
The Mendham thrower lost the first three sets of the match at London’s Alexandra Palace, before finally getting on the board by winning a deciding leg in set four.
It looked like the comeback was on for the 2014 finalist when he stormed into a 2-0 lead in the fifth set, but after missing two set darts Wright lost the next three legs to go 4-1 down.
The world number four’s poor finishing had been his main problem in the last eight clash, but hit his double at the first time of asking three times to win the sixth set.
Fearing his elimination from the tournament Wright broke the Lewis throw to go 2-1 up in set seven, but then missed a dart at a double for 161 and 120 checkouts to pull another set back.
Lewis landed double five to take the deciding leg of the seventh set and thus ended Wright’s hopes for a first World Championship for another year.
Earlier wins over Keegan Brown, Ronny Huybrechts and Dave Chisnall had helped the world number four reach his third consecutive World Championship quarter-final, a current streak which no other player in the PDC can lay claim to.
But the Mendham man came unstuck again in the last eight and will now hope the 2016 season will be the time he ends his wait for a first major title.