Wright chasing Paddy Power Champions League glory

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Wright chasing Paddy Power Champions League glory

2018 finalist Peter Wright is determined to go all the way to glory in the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts this weekend.

The colourful star lost out to Gary Anderson in last year's final of the elite event, going down 11-4 to his fellow Scot in the decider.

However, Wright goes into this year's tournament on the back of a third Players Championship victory of 2019 on Tuesday, which followed up Monday's record broadcast average of 123.5 in a win over Krzysztof Ratajski.

He has now set his sights on claiming the £100,000 top prize at the Morningside Arena in Leicester in this weekend's BBC-televised tournament.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Wright said: "I got to the final last year - it was disappointing to get so close and not win, but my match in the semi-final against Michael van Gerwen totally drained me.

"I was well behind him and fought back to get through to the final and then only had a short break before I was back on again.

"I didn't get enough rest before the final against Gary - he played brilliantly. of course, but hopefully this year I'm in the first semi-final!

"I'm fed up of having all these runner-up prizes, I want that winner's trophy in 2019."

Peter Wright (PDC)

Wright opens his challenge in Group B on Saturday afternoon against Daryl Gurney, and will also take on Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price during the round-robin phase of the event.

"It's a very difficult event to win, obviously, because you've the top eight players in the world there and playing over a very short space of time," added Wright, who is 10/1 with Paddy Power to win the event.

"It's not going to be easy, is it? But I like the round-robin format. It's really good because it gives you a chance and it's a real challenge.

"It's a brilliant competition and especially when we've got the BBC involved, so people who don't have other channels can see us play. I can't wait - I'm really looking forward to it."

The Paddy Power Champions League of Darts will be held on October 19-20 at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

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Tickets for the 2019 Champions League of Darts are available from SeeTickets and the Morningside Arena.