Peter Wright landed a magical nine-dart finish at the inaugural Cologne Darts Gala in Germany on Monday evening, in the biggest darts exhibition ever staged on the European continent.
Over 8,000 fans were packed into the Lanxess Arena, Cologne, to see some of darts’ biggest names take to the oche, including three of the world’s top four on the PDC Order of Merit.
World number one Michael van Gerwen was the headline act alongside Peter Wright, who recently leapfrogged Gary Anderson to become the Scottish number one. World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney also joined the pair, as did Australian star Simon Whitlock- the man Gurney defeated to claim his first major title in Dublin last month.
The evening began with a clash between two darting legends- former world champion Bob Anderson and three-time major finalist Wayne Mardle. Van Gerwen, Wright, Gurney and Whitlock then competed in a round-robin format, with all games played over the best of seven legs.
MvG and ‘Snakebite’ came out on top in the group phase, but Wright’s nine darter came in the third leg of his round-robin tussle against Simon Whitlock. ‘The Wizard’ also kicked off the leg with a maximum, but Wright sent the German fans wild after following up successive 180’s with a sensational 141 finish to complete the perfect leg!
Footage of Wright’s nine-darter was captured by fans in the Lanxess Arena, and can be viewed below! (Video Credit: dartn.de)
Wright’s nine-dart heroics were very nearly replicated by Michael van Gerwen, who missed D12 for a 9-darter during the evening, but the Dutchman did claim the overall bragging rights; defeating the Scot 6-1 in the final to clinch the inaugural Cologne Darts Gala title.
‘Mighty Mike’ stormed into a 5-0 lead with legs of 15, 13, 12, 11 and 13 darts, whilst also taking out a fine 115 finish en route to glory. It was a memorable evening in Cologne, but next year promises to be just as special.
On October 31st 2018, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, Rob Cross, Darryl Fitton and Tony O’Shea will represent Team Target at the second staging of the Cologne Darts Gala, with an incredible 17,000 tickets expected to be available as the sport of darts continues to flourish on German soil.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC