Peter is made of the Wright stuff for Michael van Gerwen
- Credit: LAWRENCE LUSTIG
World number one Michael van Gerwen heaped praise on Peter Wright after prolonging the Scot's wait for a first major title.
Van Gerwen produced a masterclass against Wright in a repeat of last year's UK Open final as he again swept to victory with a relentless display. The Dutch superstar took charge with an early 4-1 lead before Wright, from Mendham, near Harleston, pulled back to 5-3.
A 105 finish from Van Gerwen was followed by finishes of 88, 76 and 74 as he took five straight legs to move to the brink of victory, with Wright taking the 14th leg and then missing double 12 for a sensational nine-darter, only to see MVG step in to complete victory with a 64 finish.
Van Gerwen, whose 11-4 success at Minehead on Sunday was his sixth Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) win of 2016, said: 'I played really well and I'm really pleased to win another trophy. I'm working really hard and I'm glad it's paying off at the moment. I love this game and I love winning, this is a wonderful feeling.
'Peter is growing into one of the best players there is and he's getting better and better – but I'm glad I beat him. I did the right thing at the right moment and he's a fantastic player, and sooner or later he is going to win a tournament.'
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Wright was left to claim the £30,000 runner-up cheque, half the amount of the winner's prize, for the second successive year as his latest strong showing fell agonisingly short.
The world number five from Suffolk said: 'Michael's the best player on the planet. I'm disappointed that I didn't give him more of a game but I will work harder to try and get to Michael's level. He's a machine at the moment.
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'It is coming for me – I learn every time I lose against these guys and it might take a little time but I will get there.'
Wright beat Jelle Klaasen 10-5 in the semis having disposed of Norwich's Darren Webster 9-5 in the fifth round. Webster had reached that part of the three-day event by seeing off Ricky Evans (9-8), Andrew Davidson (9-5), Scott Dale (6-2) and Lee Morris (5-0).
Gorleston's Nathan Derry lost in the first round – as did Thetford's Jason Mold who was defeated 6-5 by Magnus Caris – to Ryan De Vreede (6-3). The same player knocked out Bungay's Andrew Gilding, 2015 semi-finalist, during his opening match at the second stage.