Wright ready to take down Darts world champ in Brisbane
PETER Wright is confident he can take down world champion Rob Cross in the Brisbane Darts Masters semi-finals after defeating Aussie qualifier Raymond Smith 10-4 on night two of the inaugural event at the BCEC.
The world No.2 said he needed to up his game against Cross but was hoping to make it two wins from two in Australia after taking out the Melbourne Darts Masters last week.
"I have got to play more solid (against Rob Cross) but I believe I can up my game if I'm pushed," he said.
"If I am not pushed I will maybe have another 100 average or something like that."
Wright said a change of attitude had helped him Down Under achieve what he already has done.
"I have changed the way I am approaching my games and thinking about how tired you are and things like that," he said.
"I just get on with it," he said.
"We are all here. When the Aussie and New Zealand guys come over for the world championships we don't want to hear them complaining.
"We have just got to get on with it and play darts."
Meanwhile, Dutch star Raymond van Barneveld is hoping the Queensland sunshine can give him the boost he needs to win his maiden World Series of Darts title.
The five-time world champion will play fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in Sunday's semi-final in Brisbane after defeating World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson 10-8 in a high-quality quarter-final.
Van Barneveld lost in the final of the Auckland Masters earlier this month to van Gerwen and is yet to win a World Series of Darts event.
He says he is still driven to win on the World Series tour and would love to break his duck in Brisbane after enjoying his stay in the Sunshine State.
"I am more relaxed," van Gerwen said.
"Good weather always helps. The sun makes you feel happy.
"We did a lot of walking, we went to Lady Elliott Island maybe those things are helping."
Van Barneveld said despite the win over Anderson, he was still trying to work on things ahead of his match with van Gerwen.
"I feel comfortable, I feel relaxed but I am still struggling with the set-up, the new darts, my new equipment, so you try to adjust it for the last two or three days, maybe for the last three weeks.
"Maybe now we have seen the natural throw of Raymond van Barneveld and you can see what I can do and I think in the last seven or eight legs maybe five or six 180s went in.
"I am pretty confident now and happy with the win against the world matchplay champion."
Van Barneveld started superbly with a 161 finish in the opening leg but then lost the next five on the trot.
He fought back to lead 7-5 and showed some of the old van Barneveld style.
"It was so strange," he said.
"I was playing well in practice and I was so confident and then the first leg came out 140 100 100 finished on 161 and I thought here we go.
"Then suddenly I was 5-1 down missing some crucial doubles and it could have been 4-3 at the break.
"I was thinking 'Ray what are you doing? Get back to your old set-up and throw natural like you can and that's what I did and then I played magnificently but Gary came back every time because he's such a great player.
"Of course he wanted to win but same here and I am happy to get through to the semi-finals."
In the other quarter-finals world champion Cross was in good form, twice hitting six perfect darts in legs to defeat rising Australian star Corey Cadby 10-4.
Van Gerwen defeated Australian Kyle Anderson by the same scoreline.
- Peter Wright v Rob Cross
- Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen