PETER WRIGHT admitted he made “hard work” of nailing his first Unibet Premier League win of the season.
The Livingston star finally got his campaign off and running thanks to grinding out a 7-5 win over a very stubborn Rob Cross in Cardiff last night (Thurs).
Snakebite roared into a 3-0 lead but Voltage kept plugging away and forced it to a nail-biting finale with Wright needing double five to wrap it up.
He said: “I made it hard work for myself. Rob Cross is never going to give you a game anyway, he is a fantastic player.
“Obviously he’s had his issues of trying to get himself back but I’m happy to get the win obviously.
“I’m finding it hard work, I’m putting too much pressure on myself. But I think I’ve got to relax a little bit more.
“I made a good start but Rob stayed with me and that’s why he is a World Champion, he will never give up. World Champions don’t just give you games. That’s why it was so close.”
Gerwyn Price received a phenomenal welcome from the Welsh fans but struggled to get a point against a supercool Superchin Daryl Gurney.
The Iceman said: “The crowd tonight were fantastic. I think Daryl got a bit of what I had for most of last year!
“It’s tough to play up there when the crowd is on your back. Fair play to Daryl he hit a couple of doubles under real pressure. I think Daryl deserved to win that game.
“A draw is a draw. I’m not happy but I picked up a point.
“I thought Daryl started really well, I just feel everyone is playing well against me. It’s a good compliment to me really.
“I wasn’t on my A game today. I’m happy with a point.”
Michael Smith ended a remarkable 20-game Premier League run without a win to comfortably dump home star Jonny Clayton 7-1. It included a slick 167 finish which turned the match in his favour.
He said: “The 167 I hit kind of changed things. I just didn’t want to slip up like I did last week. When I got to six I said to myself ‘don’t do it again’.
“Luckily enough I put in a half decent leg with a 12-darter and I’m really over the moon to get two points on the board.
“He missed 36 to got 2-1 up on me and I then took out the 167, that changed the match. For me it kind of killed the match. I think I played well.
“Any win is vital in any sport. Last week hurt me to throw away a big lead to only draw with Gerwyn. I was angry with myself. I knew I had a big chance tonight. Jonny had never played up here before. But when he won the first leg I thought ‘he’s up for this’.
“But thankfully this is my first win in 10, that has shocked me as well. It does feel good to end that run.”
Text : Phil Lanning
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