Peter Wright wins his first World Matchplay title and £150,000 by beating defending champion Dimitri Van Den Bergh in Blackpool
- Peter Wright won his first World Matchplay title in Blackpool on Sunday
- Snakebite averaged over 100 . for the fourth time in his five games
- The Scotsman dedicated the win to his wife, who underwent spinal surgery last Thursday
Peter Wright claimed his first World Matchplay title and the £150,000 first prize by beating defending champion Dimitri Van Den Bergh 18-9.
The Scot, world champion in 2020, outperformed his previous appearance in the tournament final four years ago with a dominant display at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Wright had overcome Michael Van Gerwen on Saturday, but in Van Den Bergh he faced a man who had been his boarder last year when travel restrictions were imposed at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.
Peter Wright claimed his first World Matchplay title through Dimitri Van Den Bergh. defeat
However, there was no sentiment from the world’s number two who was never behind a 3-0 lead.
His Belgian opponent reduced the score to 4-2, but that was the smallest difference the gap was narrowed to as Wright knocked down the next four legs in 14, 11, 14 and 12 darts to take a dominant position.
When Van Den Bergh failed to convert a three-dart double-top finish after Wright left the door ajar at 15-8, he looked broken after going back-to-back. back 180s in two consecutive legs.
Wright coolly capped off the win, finishing averaging 105.9, even as Van Den Bergh beat him 11 to 10 on the 180 count, dedicating the win to his tearful wife, who came out from the side of the podium. watched after undergoing spinal surgery last Thursday .
“This is for Jo,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s special to beat last year’s match play champion. He showed the world how to play. He missed a lot of doubles and let me in.
“Dimitri worked really hard last year when he was with me, he was on the board every night from 9am to 11am and that’s why he came and won it.”
Van Den Bergh was magnanimous in the defeat, saying: “My heart aches, but today Peter Wright is a deserved winner.”