At 4-0 down the commentators in the press tent were scrambling around looking for stats about the biggest defeat ever. Peter Wright had won just two of the first 14 legs and was already 4-0 down to Michael van Gerwen in the race to 7 to become the new world champion.
The PDC world darts final looked set to be as damp as the roads surrounding Ally Pally, but luckily, for Sky, Radio 5 Live, 2,500 spectators and up to a million viewers, Snakebite wasn’t going to follow Part, Priestley and Manley into the whitewash record books. Wright won four of the next six sets to give MvG a scare. But for a miss at tops to win the 7th set, and a couple of darts to get back to 6v5, it may have been the multi-coloured Scot hauling the Sid Waddell trophy above his head in the style that only an adrenaline fuelled champion could manage (it’s dead heavy). But it wasn’t, and that’s darts.
The best man won, but a darting star was born.