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Wrighty is full of beans

Snakebite is the toast of Ally Pally

PETER WRIGHT blasted into the William Hill World Championship semi-finals and thanked BEANS ON TOAST.

The Livingston ace produced another powerhouse in patches display to KO Luke Humphries 5-3 at the Ally Pally yesterday (Sunday).

Snakebite has been suffering from a bug but reckons he was full of beans to win thanks to his pre-match meal.

Wright, who faces Gerwyn Price in tonight's semi-final, admitted: “I’ve only had two hours sleep. The beds in the Holiday Inn are like this desk, rock hard. I’ve done really well on two hours sleep!

“I went away in patches. My focus I went a little bit and that must get better in the next round. 

“Luke came back at me and we had good banter on stage. We were acknowledging each other’s good scores and that’s the way it should be, even though you have to be ruthless up there.

“When I’m in this form and mood, no one can beat me. I’ve got the semis and final to go and the longer the format goes I’m going to be favourite.

“I just had beans on toast, that did the job. My practice was really good and I felt alright, that was the main thing.”

In his last two matches Wright has produced flashes of brilliance and consistency which have been the best in the tournament. His average of 105.86 against Humphries was the best so far and included 170 and 164 finishes.

Remarkably no one tipped Snakebite to go all the way before the event and now he’s just two wins from being World Champion.

He added: “Have I come under the radar? It’s not my fault that no one noticed me, although I do stand out quite a bit!

“I’d rather them talk about everyone else like Glen, Gezzy, Michael, Gary. I know the way I’m playing I can sneak all the way through.

“The past couple of years I’ve had excuses. Last year was a bad one because I didn’t take Toni Alcinas as a threat but he kicked me off the stage. I won’t do that again.

“I text Lee from Red Dragon who makes my darts and thanked him for the darts that will win me the World Championship. I’m still here.

“I’ve used 100-odd sets of darts to get me to No.2 in the world. I can go a lot further with these easily.

“I have also text Red Dragon to say they don’t need to send me anything else, I’m just going to play with these.

“I want to break the 180 record in this tournament, the highest average and obviously go and win it. They’re my targets. This is my year.”

Words: Phil Lanning

Images: Taylor Lanning

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