Peter Wright may have produced one of the performances of the tournament in his World Championship quarter-final win, but he has promised an even better display against Gerwyn Price in the semis.
Snakebite was in fine fettle against Luke Humphries, averaging 105.86 in a 5-3 win, which saw him checkout 170 and 161.
It was the second highest average of the event so far (behind Jeffrey de Zwaan’s 106.09) and he checked out at over 48%, but Wright insists that there is still plenty more to come, and he will show it against the Iceman.
‘Obviously I’m happy but I know I can do a lot more than that,’ said Snakebite after seeing off Humphries in style.
‘You don’t want to show too much though do you?
‘I had a terrible night’s sleep, had about two hours sleep last night so I did really well on two hours sleep.
‘I went away in patches, my focus went a little bit and it can be a lot better than that, the averages will get better in the next round.’
The Scot had been steady in the early rounds, if unspectacular, but now he has found his best form, and with the games stretching out to best of 11 sets in the semis, he is full of confidence.
Asked if there is anyone who can beat him on this form, Snakebite insisted: ‘No, not at all.
‘That’s to come, I’ve got the semis and the final to go and the longer the format goes I’m going to be favourite.
‘I want to break records, break the 180 record in this tournament, the highest average in this tournament, they’re my targets and I will do that.’
Wright is a former World Championship finalist, but after a patchy year and more crushing defeats in major finals, he was not being touted as a likely winner at Alexandra Palace.
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Snakebite narrowly lost to Michael van Gerwen in the Champions League final, after missing match darts, and then was tonked by Price in the Grand Slam final, which added to the narrative that the big one will allude him, but he is happy for people to write him off.
‘I’d rather them talk about everyone else and me just plod along, I don’t mind that,’ Wright said.
‘Yes, talk about Glen [Durrant], Gezzy [Price], Michael [van Gerwen], Gary [Anderson], I know the way I’m playing, so I’m just sneaking my way through.
‘The past couple of years I’ve had excuses, last year was a bad excuse, I didn’t take [Toni] Alcinas as a threat.
‘He kicked me off the stage, beat me and I won’t do that again.’
Wright has become renowned for changing his darts between rounds and even in the middle of matches at times, but after his immense quarter-final display, he may have finally settled on a set.
‘I text Red Dragon who make my darts and said thank you for making me a set of darts that will win me the World Championship,’ said the uber-confident Snakebite.
Wright takes on Price on Monday night in what could be a PDC World Darts Championship classic.