Michael van Gerwen says Peter Wright got what he deserved with shock PDC World Darts Championship loss

Peter Wright’s time as world champion is over (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen had not sympathy for Peter Wright after his shock loss to Gabriel Clemens at the PDC World Darts Championship, saying that when you ‘talk so much crap, things like that will happen.’

The defending world champion was beaten 4-3 by Clemens in a brilliant contest at Alexandra Palace, with Snakebite averaging 101.5 in defeat.

Wright missed 30 darts at doubles, which ultimately cost him, with the German Giant’s superior finishing (45%) proving the difference.

Van Gerwen was happy to see the man who beat him in last year’s final lose early in the event and said it was karma for Snakebite’s comments over the years.

At the recent Grand Slam of Darts, Wright dismissed MVG’s chances at Alexandra Palace, saying: ‘I’m not far away from being really, really happy,

‘I think, to be honest, Gezzy [Price] will be the only one to threaten me in the tournament.’

The world number one feels that comments like that were always going to come back to bite Wright, and he is perfectly happy to see it happen.

‘Of course it back fired on him. We know what Peter Wright is like, every interview he does he talks nonsense,’ said MVG after beating Ricky Evans 4-0 in the third round. ‘Do you know any interview he doesn’t talk nonsense?

‘He says it after every loss, he says it after every win and he can’t talk any sense

‘Of course he’s a phenomenal player and probably doesn’t need that. On his own ability he can do a lot of damage.

‘If he talks so much crap, things like that will happen to you.’

Wright had no chance to respond to Van Gerwen’s comments. with the Dutchman speaking after the Scot was ousted from the event.

Snakebite had no complaints about his defeat to Clemens, recognising that his poor doubling cost him a place in the last 16.

‘I felt really good going up there but I missed chances in the first couple of sets and missed lots of doubles,’ said Wright.

‘Fair play to Gabriel. He would not go away, and when he did go away I didn’t punish him. I had my chances but I didn’t take them. All the best to him in the next round.

‘I felt so comfortable. It felt like I was playing at home. It was too easy in a way and then when I had to switch on for a double, I missed. I can’t explain why.

‘That’s just what happened and he took advantage. That’s the way it goes and I’ll be back next year.’

Michael van Gerwen is on course for a fourth world title (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Van Gerwen had a completely contrasting evening to Wright, hammering Ricky Evans 4-0 with a sublime performance in which he averaged 106.85.

Evans was in fine form himself, averaging over 100, but Mighty Mike landed seven 180s and hit 57% of doubles in an immense display.

‘I’m in good form and I think there is more damage to do in this tournament,’ said the tournament favourite, who now faces Joe Cullen in the last 16.

Cullen came through a fantastic scrap with Jonny Clayton, winning 4-3 in a deciding leg against his good friend.

Clayton was waiting on 40, with the Rockstar needing to checkout 100 to stay in the match, which he did so hitting single 20 followed by two double tops to progress.

This is the first time the Yorkshireman has reached the third round and he is confident of going further.

‘I’ve got a shocking record here so to come back and win the way I did is very pleasing. It’s not often that I give myself credit but I don’t mind saying I’m proud of myself,’ said Cullen.

‘I knew the 100 checkout to win it had to go because Jonny was waiting on a double. The first dart at tops was so inviting for the second.

‘People may laugh because of my record here but I genuinely fancy it this week. It takes some doing to come back the way I did.’

Also winning on Sunday were Krzysztof Ratajski, beating Simon Whitlock 4-0, while Ryan Searle downed Kim Huybrechts 4-2 and Dimitri van den Bergh continued his excellent form by beating Jermaine Wattimena 4-0.

Monday 28 December schedule

Afternoon session Midday – Third round

Jose de Sousa v Mervyn King
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Adam Hunt
Nathan Aspinall v Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session 6pm – Third round

Gary Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price v Brendan Dolan
Glen Durrant v Danny Baggish

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