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Peter Wright determined to ground Gurney and reach maiden World Matchplay final

Scottish ace Wright celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Peter Wright insists the best is yet to come as he looks to break new ground by overcoming Daryl Gurney in the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay in Blackpool on Saturday.

The colourful Scot set up a Semi-Final showdown with the in-form Gurney - who built on his impressive victory over Gary Anderson by seeing off Mensur Suljovic in the Last Eight.

And Wright knows that he can expect a tough game against one of the PDC’s most improved players in recent times.

"Daryl is playing fantastic, he's on a high and he doesn't care who he plays," he observed. "It's going to be a great match."

"He owns that stage at the moment and it's great when you feel like that, but I'll try and upset his applecart.

As for his own performance levels, Wright insists that he still has plenty of room for improvement ahead of his second Semi-Final appearance at the World Matchplay.

However, now just two matches away from claiming a second major title, the UK Open champion is quietly confident of his chances heading in to the business end of the tournament.

“I can’t wait to play decent darts. I’ve not even started,” he added. “I’m just playing average darts and getting away with it, to be honest.

“Obviously, I’ve come here to win the tournament and I’m still in it so, hopefully, I’ll do it.”

After battling past an in-form Darren Webster in the Quarter-Finals, 'Snakebite' was full of praise for the Norwich thrower and believes it is only a matter of time before he breaks into the world’s elite top 16.

Appearing in this first Quarter-Final at the Winter Gardens, Webster rose to the occasion and forged an 11-9 lead before the world number’s three experience led him to recover by winning seven of the next eight legs to prevail a 16-12 winner.

Wright believes that capitalising on his opponent’s mistakes was instrumental towards the turnaround, but is adamant that the 49-year-old can break into the elite bracket before too long. 

"It was a battle and Darren makes it so hard, and if he had hit his combination finishes towards the end it would have been a different story," he added.

"He missed a few doubles but when he starts hitting them he'll be up here with the rest of us in the top 16.

“I had the advantage of playing in the Premier League and winning a major, which I think got me through the match. 

“A few years ago, I’d have folded and given up, but I now know that it’s not over until that last dart goes in.”


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