Smith in shock “heckle” by Wright claim

By Phil Lanning

MICHAEL SMITH claims he was “heckled” by Peter Wright before losing the Premier League night six final.

The St.Helens went down 6-4 to a revitalised Gary Anderson in Nottingham on Thursday night. 

But Smith, 31, says he over-heard Wright talking to Ando prior to the final match which angered him.

He told Online Darts: “It’s getting there, it’s not too bad when Peter Wright says good luck Gaz, he can’t win in a final. 

“But it’s one of them, I’ve won Shanghai and other things but when you go on stage and you’ve got other professionals trying to heckle you then Gaz played amazing up there.”

Smith also dismissed claims from his old mentor Anderson that he doesn’t practice. 

He added: “For someone who’d not thrown a dart for six months, it wasn’t too shabby. He practices everyday and he knows when he’s playing me he steps up. He talks absolute rubbish.”

The World Championship and UK Open runner-up was also disappointed with Gerwyn Price after recovering from 4-1 down to win their semi-final.

He added: “I was more annoyed that I beat Gez the way I did and he didn’t speak to me after so I was like was it my fault, have I done something. I know I never but he let me off massively.”

Images by Taylor Lanning.