Peter Wright booked his place in the semi-finals of the BWIN Grand Slam of Darts after he completed a 16-10 victory over Glen Durrant. But, it could have been such a different story as Durrant spurned several opportunities to move 5/6-0 ahead. Snakebite punished those crucial misses from ‘Duzza’ as he moved 3-2 ahead heading into the first interval.
Durrant didn’t give up despite his misfortunes on the doubles as he fired in a 15-dart leg to level things up at 3-3. After Wright’s throw was broken by the Middlesbrough-ace the world number two went on to win the next four legs on the spin, racing into a 7-3 lead as he won legs in 14, 13, 14 and 15 darts to move four clear. Durrant fired in an 89 finish to end his four-leg drought to move back within three legs of Snakebite. Wright regained his four-leg lead, producing another level 15-dart leg as he took out 84 to move past the halfway mark.
In reflection, after 12 legs Durrant had one more dart than Wright at a double having only hit 4/17 and Wright hit 50 per cent of his with 8/16.
That was the main statistic separating the pair at that stage. The Lakeside champion suffered a blip in the scoring stakes in leg 15 and Snakebite managed to break his throw with ease as he moved into a 9-4 lead and the finishing line looked like it was moving ever closer.
Durrant almost completed a superb 157 finish to close the gap to 9-5, but once again even one miss at a double to win the leg was punished as Wright took out 60 to move into a 10-4 lead. Duzza’s double woes continued severely in the very next leg as he went onto miss nine darts at a double to peg things back to 10-5, Wright snatched the leg at the expense of his opponent as he moved into an 11-4 lead just five legs from victory.
This was a disastrous turn of fortune for Durrant as he had hit just 4/23 on the doubles at that stage, having outscored Snakebite throughout the contest but being unable to take those crucial opportunities. Durrant did manage to end his five-leg drought, being the beneficiary this time of missed doubles from his opponent as he pegged the scoreline back to 12-5. Durrant wasn’t giving up on a comeback as he fired in a stunning 124 finish to pull things back to 13-6, but time was slowly running out for the Teesside legend with Wright was just three legs from the semi-finals.
Wright moved into the third interval 14-6 to the good as he fired in a score of 171 which was followed by D4 to move within just two legs of the last four. Durrant wasn’t giving up without a scrap; after the break he came out all guns blazing as he fired in a 14-darter to get his seventh leg on the board. Durrant won his second leg on-the-spin for the first time in the match by firing in a 14-dart leg to move within six legs of Wright just after he had some double trouble of his own.
Durrant was in ‘the zone’ at this stage as he fired in six perfect darts to start the very next leg, and in the end took out 77 for a stunning 12-dart leg as he pegged the score line back to 14-9. He missed two ever-so-crucial darts at D16 to move within four legs of Wright, and once again it was punished as Snakebite picked out 68 to move within just a leg of the semi-finals.
The very next leg produced a very special moment as Durrant fired in EIGHT perfect darts after very very nearly picking out D12 for the perfect leg. It was a 10-darter in the end for Duzza as he went into the break 15-10 behind; credit to him for really picking up the pace and showing why he’s a world-class talent.
In reflection on the last five legs from Durrant, he was averaging a mind-boggling 114.88. He narrowly missed one dart at the bull for a 124 to stay in the match, and it proved to be his last attempt as Snakebite picked out D5 to cement his place in the last four.
But, what a tremendous and courageous fightback from Durrant who was stunning in the latter stages of that battle.