Peter Wright has vowed to stick with the darts which got him to a third straight William Hill World Darts Championship quarter-final last week.
The Mendham-based thrower was beaten 5-2 by Adrian Lewis on London’s Alexandra Palace stage last Friday.
But despite seeing his latest bid for a first world title end at the last eight stage for a second consecutive year, ‘Snakebite’ was buoyant about his prospects for 2016.
“I will stick with these darts because they are the darts,” said Wright, who has kept his place in the Betway Premier League after being selected as one of the PDC’s wildcards.
“I just need more practice with them and I’ll be dangerous.
“I’ll get home, get on the practice board and get ready for the Masters, and I’ll go and kick Adie’s backside in that one!”
Wright had claimed wins over Keegan Brown (3-0) and Ronny Huybrechts (4-0) to reach the last 16 of the sport’s biggest event, before he edged a nail-biting clash with fellow Premier League star Dave Chisnall 4-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with ‘Jackpot’.
However ‘Snakebite’’s hopes of reaching a fifth televised final of the season were ended by the 2011 and 2012 world champion, who stormed into a 3-0 lead.
Wright took two of the next three sets to close the gap to 4-2, but then crucially missed a dart to win the seventh set, and Lewis stepped in to dump the Mendham man out.
“I just couldn’t find 20s, never mind treble 20s,” said a disappointed Wright, who averaged 103.10 in the 5-2 defeat.
“I struggled to find 20s in the first four sets. It was really hot out there and my darts were flying differently through the air, it was annoying.
“Even Adie commented on stage, he said ‘your darts are going in at an angle.’
“It didn’t happen for me today but I’ll be back. I’ll take the positives out of it but I’m annoyed because I wanted to win.
“You don’t enter a tournament like this, the World Championship, if you don’t want to win the whole thing.”
Wright’s compatriot Gary Anderson took home the Sid Waddell Trophy and £300,000 winner’s cheque after beating Lewis in the final on Sunday.
The defending champion also scooped £15,000 after hitting the tournament’s only nine-dart leg during his semi-final 6-0 win over Jelle Klaasen.
n Wright will take on world number 12 Ian White in the first round of the Unibet Masters later this month.
The two-day tournament is exclusive to the top 16 players in the PDC Order of Merit and is being held at the Arena:MK in Milton Keynes on January 30-31.