Peter Wright fails to qualify for tournament days after becoming European champ

Peter Wright has failed to qualify for the Players Championship Finals – just days after he beat James Wade to be crowned European champion in Germany.

Snakebite hasn't been at his best this year, but he showed some signs of late season form when he rocked up to Dortmund for the European Championships last week. It was the Scot's first televised ranking title in almost two years, and his second European title, following his first triumph in 2020.

The 53-year-old joked: "The old guy can still do it. I was fortunate in my first game against Gabriel Clemens. I pulled out two 180s to get back in the match, but it was just brilliant to play in front of this amazing crowd this weekend.

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"My throwing action went totally out the window in the last two matches. I didn't know what I was doing, but luckily enough I got over the line."

However, the party atmosphere has since died down, with Wright failing to qualify for the Players Championship Finals. Nathan Rafferty beat Wright 6-4, meaning he won't be present in Minehead.

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It is the first major ranking event he has failed to qualify for since 2012 – and it caps off a torrid year for Snakebite. Wright's 2023 World Darts Championship defence ended in the third round with a defeat to Kim Huybrechts. Meanwhile, he was dumped out Bahrain Darts Masters by Rob Cross.

However, Wright was able to claim the Nordic Darts Masters for the first time in his career, when he beat rival Gerwyn Price in the final 11-5.

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