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Peter Wright misses out on Premier League darts title

Peter Wright was unale to add to his UK Open title Credit: PA

Suffolk's Peter Wright missed out on winning the Premier League Darts title after he was beaten by Michael van Gerwen at London's O2 Arena.

The 47-year-old from Mendham survived a thrilling comeback from Phil Taylor in the semi-final to reach the next round.

Michael van Gerwen came from 7-2 down in a dramatic final to beat Wright 11-10 after he missed six match darts.

The Dutchman picked up his third major title of 2017.

Wright goes top of Darts Premier League table

It's been a dream week for Peter Wright. Credit: PA

Suffolk darts player Peter Wright has opened up a one-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after beating James Wade 7-5 in Glasgow.

The 46-year-old from Mendham took advantage of Phil Taylor's defeat at the hands of Adrian Lewis to take top spot.

Wright, who was in confident mood having secured his first televised title at the UK Open last weekend, held off a Wade fightback to secure maximum points.

Darts Premier League table (Top three)

  • 1.) Peter Wright Pld:6 Pts: 9
  • 2.) Michael van Gerwen Pld:5 Pts:8
  • 3.) Gary Anderson Pld:6 Pts:7

World number one Michael van Gerwen is Wright's closest challenger after he returned from a back injury with victory over Kim Huybrechts.

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Colchester United legend dies

Colchester United legend Peter Wright has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with illness.

He played more than 450 times for Colchester in the 1950s and 1960s and was voted the club's Player of the Century in a poll in 2000.

Peter Wright (in the striped shirt) played for Colchester United in the 50s and 60s Credit: ITV Anglia

Later in life he was a regular at Layer Road and the Weston Homes Community Stadium and Chairman of the club's Former Players' Association.