Peter Wright reached his third straight UK Open final with a 11-5 victory over Daryl Gurney.
Wright, who dominated throughout, settled quicker, an 11-darter sparking a run of three straight legs that saw him race into a 4-1 lead. Gurney got the match back to 5-3 but Wright hit the afterburners once more and rolled off three straight legs to move 8-3 in front.
Superchin momentarily stopped the tide with two straight legs but Wright roared back with back-to-back legs of his own to win 11-5 and seal his place in the final.
The match started in an uncharacteristically slow fashion, with Gurney and Wright sharing the opening two legs. It burst into life with six perfect darts from Wright who couldn’t manage the nine-darter but could convert an 11-darter, to break Gurney’s throw. Now in his stride, Wright consolidated the break by holding his own throw before breaking again courtesy of a 144 checkout. Gurney had missed a double 16 for a 112 of his own and found himself 4-1 down at the first break.
Wright missed double tops for a 5-1 lead after the break and Gurney pounced, cleaning up 70 in two darts to get a break back and keep himself in the encounter. He had the chance to consolidate the break with a 108 but his dart at double 16 landed in the single seven. It was Wright’s chance to steal the leg, and did just that, taking out 96 in three darts by hitting both double 18 and double 20.
Wright then had the chance to go 6-2 up but missed darts, allowing Gurney to break and make it 5-3. But once more he couldn’t make it count, missing the bull for a 94 checkout in the next leg which let Snakebite in to finish 76. The bookies favourite then added one more before the break to go 7-3 in front.
A three dart 76 checkout after the break made it 8-3 to Wright, breaking the Gurney throw once more. Snakebite then held, returning to clean up five as Gurney missed double 16 for a 143 checkout.
Wright almost went within one, as he missed double eight for a 136 checkout, Superchin returning to despatch double tops with his first dart to make it 9-4. Gurney continued to momentarily stop the tide with a break, closing out an 81 finish on double 13. Once more though, he couldn’t make the break count by holding throw and Wright broke to make it 10-5.
There was only one more leg after the break and it was blighted by double trouble. Wright missed two darts to win the match before Gurney missed double 18 for a 147 to save the match. Wright then missed three more at doubles to allow Superchin another chance to stay alive. He couldn’t take it, missing all three and allowing Wright to come back and take out double two to reach his third straight UK Open final.