Peter Wright beats Michael van Gerwen to win European Darts Grand Prix
Last Updated: 08/05/17 2:32pm
Peter Wright produced a spectacular display to beat world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-0 and claim the European Darts Grand Prix.
Wright and MVG are locked in a battle to see who finishes top of the Premier League table when the regular season comes to it's conclusion in Aberdeen on Thursday, but in Germany on Sunday, it was Snakebite who claimed top honours.
In a re-run of the 2016 European Darts Grand Prix final, Wright was too strong averaging just under 105 and impressively landing 75% of his doubles on his way to a third European Tour title in just four events this year.
Snakebite kicked things off with a brilliant 11-dart-leg breaking the Dutchman's throw to gain a crucial early advantage, before capitalising on the first MVG mistake as he went inside on double 16, allowing Wright to land 52 for a 2-0 lead.
More missed darts at a double from Van Gerwen allowed the Scot an opportunity, and one he took with a spectacular 161 checkout to break again and raise the roof.
That hurt Van Gerwen, and Wright quickly moved 4-0 ahead before seizing on another missed dart to break for a third time and step into a 5-0 lead.
The world number three then landed a beautiful 170 score to set up a 31 checkout in leg six, before taking out the finish to scoop the £25,000 first prize.
"You have got to be lucky sometimes," joked Wright. "It has taken a long time to learn how to save your best game to last, as Michael has done in the past. Luckily I am now able to do that.
"Beating Michael is always special. He wasn't up to his normal game and missed a few doubles but I punished him. I want to be the world number one and that is what you have to do, punish mistakes."
Wright had played stunning darts throughout the tournament, and started the final day by brushing aside Daryl Gurney 6-4 in the third round.
In the quarter-finals he faced Jan Dekker, who was enjoying his best run on the European Tour and had displayed expert finishing throughout - but Wright's scoring power was too strong in a 6-2 victory.
Standing in his way of the final was Jelle Klaasen, with the Dutchman having maintained his record of reaching the final four in every European Tour event so far this year.
Again Wright was clinical on his doubles, and raced into a 4-1 lead with two early breaks, before closing out victory to maintain his nine-game unbeaten run against the Dutchman.
Van Gerwen's route to the final on Sunday started with a comfortable 6-2 third round victory over Finnish debutant Ulf Ceder, before beating compatriot Benito van de Pas 6-1 in the quarter-finals.
In a breathtaking semi-final, the Dutchman was staring defeat in the face against the in-form Dave Chisnall.
After Van Gerwen stretched into a 4-2 lead with a beautiful 146 checkout, Chisnall found his groove and clinched three legs in a row to turn the tie in his favour at 5-4.
But the world number one dug deep in the deciding leg to capitalise on some slack darts from Chisnall - who hit a single one with his first dart when needing 100 for the match - to break and reach a 20th European Tour final.
Premier League Darts continues in Aberdeen on Thursday from 7pm on Sky Sports 1 with the final week of the regular season before Finals Night at The O2