Not all Wright on night for Joe Cullen at PDC World Darts Championship

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Joe Cullen in action against 16th seed Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in tonight’s first round Joe Cullen in action against 16th seed Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in tonight’s first round

Bradford’s Joe Cullen slipped to an agonising fourth consecutive PDC World Championship first-round defeat at Alexandra Palace tonight.

He went down 3-0 against world No 16 Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright to add to his previous losses to Terry Jenkins, twice, and John Part.

He came up against an in-form Wright – whose freshly-dyed multi-coloured hair, shirt and trousers outshone many of the fancy dress-goers in the audience.

A 13-dart finish from Wright in the opening leg illustrated the uphill task facing Cullen but it was by no means plain sailing for the favourite, with 23-year-old Wyke pro Cullen – a 400-1 shot for the title – showing his mettle with a brilliant 147 finish to level the score in the first set at two legs apiece.

Wright pinched the set though – averaging 100 – when the fifth leg once again went with the darts.

Wright produced the first break of throw in the first leg of the second set but Cullen followed suit. A third consecutive break set Wright up to eventually take the set 3-1.

The Lowestoft player was pegged back to 2-1 in the third set by Cullen before a superb 151 finish completed a straight-sets victory.

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