Exuberant superstar Peter Wright celebrated his epic second PDC World Championship darts title in rather modest circumstances – with a cup of tea and a Pot Noodle.
On Monday night, Wright won a sensational final as he came from 5-4 down to beat Michael Smith 7-5, becoming just the sixth player to win the world title multiple times.
By winning the Sid Waddell trophy, Wright bagged £500,000 in prize money – the biggest pot in darts.
While his walk-on music is ‘Don’t Stop the Party’, Wright revealed his celebrations were the polar opposite of the dramatic scenes at the atmospheric Alexandra Palace.
Asked by BBC Radio 5 Live whether celebrations had given the 51-year-old a sore head on Tuesday morning, Wright said: “No, I celebrated with a nice cup of tea and a Pot Noodle when I got back.
“It was the new sticky rib flavour.”
Wright burst out of the blocks to secure a 2-0 lead but Englishman Smith bounced back to tie the final at 2-2. The match remained tied up until 5-5 before Wright claimed the final two sets to win the title on a double 16.
The two finalists needed 28 darts to close out the second leg of the final, and Wright admitted on Tuesday that nerves had clearly affected both players.
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“I didn't feel nervous but it must've been something as it wasn't very pretty at the beginning,” the Scot said.
“The standard was nowhere near what the both of us had been playing before to get to the final. I was telling myself off.
“I’ve done that in the past and you should never do that, so at the break near the end I stopped doing it and concentrated on my throw. All the hours of practice paid off.”
Despite breaking Gary Anderson’s record for the most 180s in a championship with 72, Smith left disappointed once again. Monday’s defeat was Smith’s sixth runner-up finish in a major final as he waits for that elusive triumph.
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Wright also revealed that the chants from the London crowd of ‘Scotland get battered, everywhere they go’ motivated him to seal the win.
“I love the sound from the crowd even if they're booing me – which they were as they wanted the underdog in Michael Smith to win,” added Wright.
“However, I got them on side as at the end they were cheering for me.
“It's a great achievement – especially with the high standard of darts at the moment. To win it once you may get called lucky, but to win it twice in a couple of years is great.”
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