Peter Wright admits he will ‘need a bit of luck’ if he is to end his wait for a first major title with the BetVictor World Matchplay on Sunday.
The Mendham-based thrower has reached three major finals since breaking into the top 16 of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Order of Merit in 2013 and will begin his latest bid for a maiden televised title in Blackpool this weekend.
Wright takes on world number 36 Joe Cullen in the last 32 of the £450,000 tournament on Sunday, an opening round tie which the Premier League star insists he will be fully prepared for.
“Joe’s been playing well this year so it’s going to be a tough game,” the world number five told the Express this week.
“We played each other three times in a week earlier this year and I beat him all three times, but they were all close games.
“He’s a very dangerous player. I’ve got the experience from playing at the Matchplay for the last few years and I’ve got more TV games under my belt which I’ll need to use to my advantage.”
Wright has had a busy season so far in 2016, with the Matchplay set to be the 28th PDC tournament he has played in this year.
A Players Championship victory in March and runs to the finals of the UK Open and German Darts Masters have been the highlights, while missing out on the Premier League play-offs ranks as his biggest disappointment.
Wright turned down the chance to represent Scotland in the World Cup of Darts last month, a decision which he explains was so that he could have a break after months of travelling for the Premier League and European Tour.
“It was my own decision not to play in the World Cup,” he said. “I was struggling a bit with the travelling and it doesn’t count towards the rankings.”
Wright enjoyed his best-ever run at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens last year as he got to the semi-finals of the Matchplay, before losing to eventual winner Michael van Gerwen.
“It’s the second biggest tournament we play in,” the colourful Scot said. “It would be fantastic to win it but you need a bit of luck on the way.”