In the titanic battle between Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen, not only a place in the final was at stake. Van Gerwen knew that with a tournament victory he would return to second place on the PDC Order of Merit, but it was Wright who shot from the starting blocks. After an average of more than 113, he already had a 4-1 lead at the first break. ‘Mighty Mike’ came back excellently in the second part and also got three arrows to go into the second break with a 5-5 score. However, he missed, so ‘Snakebite’ took advantage and kept a break lead.
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Both darters managed to maintain the high level. In the twelfth leg, Wright also had the chance to hit a nine-darter, but the Scotsman threw the dart for the double just on the wrong side of the iron. Where Van Gerwen reached a high level, however, it was Wright who was busy with the best legs of the career. Thanks to a 10-darter and two 11-darters, he took a 10-4 lead. ‘Snakebite’ also got the chance for an 11-darter in the leg, but now missed the arrows so that Van Gerwen could take a break back. If the Scot had hit that first dart on the double, he would have finished the third session with a staggering average of over 134.
That won leg seemed to do the Dutchman good, because he started the fourth session excellently and managed to narrow the deficit to one break. However, Wright wouldn’t be Wright if he didn’t change his arrows during the match. Even with an average of more than 112 he dared it. However, it worked out perfectly for ‘Snakebite’. He managed to take five legs in a row and eventually won big with 17-10.