Peter shows the ‘Wright’ way to world semi-final

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Peter Wright overcame Wes Newton 5-4 in a dramatic quarter-final encounter at Alexandra Palace to reach the last four of the PDC World Championship.

The colourful Scotsman was chasing the game after Newton built a quick 2-0 lead, but rallied to take the seventh set and move 4-3 ahead.

It was a third quarter-final exit in four years for world number eight Newton as Wright held his nerve in the final set tie-breaker to convert a 121 checkout, finishing on the bull.

“I’m so pleased to come through that, it was such a tough battle,” Wright told pdc.tv.

“I could have it easier for myself in the final set, but I forgot about the mistakes I made and just got on with things, and that attitude worked.

“To reach the semi-finals of the biggest event in the game, shows all the practice I’ve put in and the changes I’ve made to my darts have paid off in a big way.”

Earlier on Saturday, Michael van Gerwen avoided a shock exit by edging a thrilling encounter with Gary Anderson to progress to the quarter-finals.

The Dutchman needed seven sets to book his place alongside Mark Webster in the last eight after 2011 finalist Anderson pulled two sets clear by hitting double one with a pressure third dart in the fourth set.

Van Gerwen rallied to force a deciding set and finally squeezed over the line to win 4-3 by hitting a brilliant 174 before closing on double eight at the first attempt.

After keeping his hopes of winning a first world title alive, the 24-year-old said: “I was very disappointed not to win the fourth set to level at two all, but I never lost belief that I couldn’t make a comeback and win.

“It’s a great feeling to be involved in brilliant fast-flowing games like this, and the crowd added to it by making a great atmosphere.”

Adrian Lewis booked his place in the quarter-finals and a tantalising match against James Wade by clinching a 4-1 victory over Mervyn King.