World number one title gives Wright boost heading into Brighton

Peter Wright

Peter Wright believes being world number one will give him added confidence heading into Night Five of the Cazoo Premier League in Brighton on Thursday.

Wright leapfrogged Gerwyn Price to take top spot in the rankings at last weekend's UK Open, continuing a perfect start to 2022 for the reigning World Champion

Despite posting a below-par display in his loss to Michael van Gerwen in the Night Four final, Wright also remains top of the Premier League table heading into Night Five.

As the £1m tournament returns to the Brighton Centre for the first time since 2017, Wright takes on Jonny Clayton in a first-versus-third contest in the quarter-finals.

"It is a nice feeling [to be world number one] and it's another bit of history I've made," said Wright.

"I wanted to become world number one by beating Gerwyn in the final in Minehead. Unfortunately that didn’t happen but here I am, number one in the world!

"I showed all those people, the doubters out there. All the belief that my wife Jo and my family have got to get me to number one in the world.

"It’s been really hard and now I’ve got to keep hold of it. I travelled back from Minehead, and since I got back I’ve just been on the dartboard. 

"It will be a good match between Jonny and ; he doesn’t like playing me anymore, I know how to beat him!"

The opening game of the night will see Michael Smith looking to bounce back from his UK Open final loss against Gary Anderson in a clash of the league's bottom two.

Night Four winner Van Gerwen takes on James Wade, before the last quarter-final sees Gerwyn Price in action against debutant Joe Cullen.

The quarter-final winners will return to the stage for the semi-finals, before the final sees the Night Five champion crowned with five league points and a £10,000 bonus awarded to the winner.

The top four players in the table following Night 16 will qualify for the Play-Offs.


The Cazoo Premier League is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers (excluding UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland).

Night 5 - The Brighton Centre
Thursday March 10

Gary Anderson v Michael Smith
Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Joe Cullen v Gerwyn Price

Premier League table after Night Four