It’s the end of the road for Peter Wright at the 2016 William Hill PDC World Darts Championship

Peter Wright was left with plenty to ponder as he lost this evening. Picture: STEVE PASTON

Peter Wright was left with plenty to ponder as he lost this evening. Picture: STEVE PASTON - Credit: PA

Peter Wright's dreams of winning the world title came to an end tonight despite becoming the first man to land a blow on Adrian Lewis at this year's championship.

The colourful thrower from Mendham, near Harleston – who is nicknamed Snakebite – was 3-0 down before he did something no other player had at the 2016 William Hill PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace – taking a set off Lewis.

Wright managed to wrestle another from the two-time Ally Pally winner, but it wasn't enough to see him through to tomorrow's semi-finals with Lewis winning five of the nine-set showdown to progress by a 5-2 scoreline which made the tie look easier than it actually was.

Number five seed Lewis, ranked one place lower than 2014 runner-up Wright, will meet fans' favourite Raymond van Barneveld in the last four. 'Barney' edged Michael Smith 5-4 in an absolute classic to edge one step closer to a sixth crown.

The other semi-final will see Jelle Klaasen lock horns with defending champion Gary Anderson. The latter saw off James Wade 5-1 to progress while Klaasen beat Alan Norris 5-4.


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The final takes place on Sunday evening.

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