Players Championship: Peter Wright defeated Wes Newton in the final in Crawley
Last Updated: 25/06/13 2:23pm
Peter Wright: Walked off with the title in Crawley
Peter Wright beat Wes Newton 6-1 to win the Players Championship 5 final at the K2 Centre in Crawley.
Wright, who reached the semi-finals of the Speedy Services UK Open in Bolton a fortnight ago, began his memorable day with wins over Kirk Shepherd, Steve West and Keegan Brown to reach the last 16.
There he edged out James Richardson with a deciding leg victory before producing an astonishing 118.66 average in a ten minute demolition of Gary Anderson to reach the last four.
Wright followed up that whitewash win over the former Premier League champion by denying Kevin Painter a place in the final - overcoming the former World Championship finalist with a 6-3 triumph.
In the final, Wright won the first three legs and never looked back, nailing double eight to round off a superb performance.
Top 16 stars Dave Chisnall, Gary Anderson and Terry Jenkins all produced good runs to the quarter-final stage along with York's Terry Temple, who also put together an excellent performance at the UK Open, where he reached the last 16, before picking up a further £1,500 prize money in Crawley.
Adrian Lewis knocked out top four rival James Wade on the way to last 16 stage, where he lost to Painter, and Simon Whitlock also fell at the same stage after missing a total of six match darts in the deciding leg of his clash against Anderson.
Phil Taylor comfortably beat Matthew Edgar in his opening game but had to come from 5-3 down to defeat Sweden's Magnus Caris in a deciding leg to reach the last 32, and the world number's one luck run out in the third round as he lost 6-3 to Anderson in a high-quality encounter in which both players averaged 103.