Mendham darts ace Peter Wright has blamed illness for denying him the opportunity of World Championship glory as he was left to reflect on a quarter-final exit.
World number five ‘Snakebite’ saw his title aspirations end in disappointing circumstances at London’s Alexandra Palace as he slumped to a comfortable 5-1 defeat to fellow Scot and eventual champion Gary Anderson.
“I didn’t feel great on the night and I’m gutted with the way I played,” said Wright on his below-par performance. “Being ill played a big factor in my performance, I just didn’t feel myself out there.
“I tried my best to get the crowd on my side to compensate. Sometimes having that adrenalin can help you play better, but it didn’t work.
“The most gutting thing for me is that I feel I could have reached the final and played well against Phil Taylor.
“But there’s always next year.”
Wright has, however, been given some positive news this week after once again being included among the 10-man list to compete in the Betway Premier League tournament for later in the year.
“I am delighted to be included in the Premier League again,” he added. “It involves the best players in the world and I am determined to qualify for the final.”