Peter Wright joins World Matchplay exodus as Glen Durrant downs world champion

World champion Peter Wright is the latest big name to fall early at the World Matchplay after an 11-8 defeat at the hands of Glen Durrant on Wednesday night.

Snakebite joins Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross in being dumped out before the quarter-final stage, meaning the top four seeds are all out before the last eight stage.

Wright finished with the higher average at 100.87 to Durrant’s 98.36, but Duzza’s far superior finishing proved the difference, needing just 24 darts at double to claim his 11 legs.

That put the three-time BDO world champ on a checkout ratio of 45.83%, which was significantly better than the PDC world champ’s 26.67%.

Durrant, who reached the semi-finals on his Matchplay debut last year, now moves into the quarter-finals where he meets Vincent van der Voort and will be favourite to reach the final four again.

‘Peter was nowhere near his A-game, it didn’t feel like a great game,’ Durrant told Sky Sports.

‘I was just hoping my doubling would help me out in the end and I’m absolutely delighted.

‘I’ve just beaten the world champion, Michael’s out, Peter’s out Gerwyn Price is out.

‘It’s there for the taking for somebody now, hopefully that’s me’

The unlikely quarter-final line-up sees Gary Anderson take on Simon Whitlock, Krzysztof Ratajski play Michael Smith and either Danny Noppert or Adrian Lewis meet Dimitri van den Bergh.

Only Anderson remains as a former Matchplay champion, with the rest of the field winning to win their first title, in the temporary home of Milton Keynes.

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