By Alex Moss
28 APRIL 2017 • 12:31PM
Peter Wright has boldly claimed that if he sticks to his current set of darts he will reach the final of the Betway Premier League.
The world number three secured his place in the end of season play-offs for the first time in his career, after beating 16-time world champion Phil Taylor 7-3 in Birmingham last night.
Wright has racked up six titles on the PDC circuit so far this season, including his maiden major title, the UK Open, last month.
And confidence is clearly high for the Scot, who will make his first appearance in the play-offs at The O2 in three weeks.
“I’ll be alright if I stick to the darts,” Wright said. “I brought another set with me that I was going to use tonight, but I didn’t.
“I thought ‘no, stick to the ones that have done the job the last couple of weeks and so on’. If I stick to them I should be in the final.”
Since reaching the final of the 2014 PDC World Championship, Wright’s career has taken off and he is in hot pursuit of Gary Anderson, who occupies second place on the PDC Order of Merit.
But Wright only has eyes for the top spot and pushing world number one Michael van Gerwen during the rest of the season.
“I don’t want to be happy when I was number seven, number five or number six in the world,” he said. “I want to push Michael.
“I don’t understand why the other guys don’t want to push him. Why should we let Michael win all the money?
“They’re scared of him. They’re just happy with runner-up money. I wasn’t happy with runner-up money last year and with Michael winning all the big money.
“I think it was about five or eight finals I was in against him last year. Paul Nicholson worked out in my career he (Michael) has cost me half a million.
“That’s down to me own fault, not putting in enough practice, dedication, not focusing enough.
“Obviously this year I’m doing that. That’s why I’ve won six tournaments this year and I’m going to carry on.”