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In an exhillerating final, Wright posted a 102.65 average as he battled back from 4-2 down before holding off a spirited fightback from the Belgian to win it in a decider. Huybrechts looked dominant in the opening exchanges as he broke twice on his way to a 3-1 lead.

The pair then traded the next three legs before Wright landed a 101 checkout to level things at 4-4 and take the advantage going into the dying embers. With Huybrechts forcing a deciding leg, it was here that Wright produced a moment of quality as he landed a 116 checkout for a 12-dart leg to snatch the title and the £25,000 top prize at the SACHSENarena.

The win is Wright’s fifth European Tour title of the year, and his tenth overall – having clinched the Coral UK Open title, Players Championship 11 and three UK Open qualifiers. Wright has been in imperious form in 2017, having also reached the final of the Betway Premier League and the BetVictor World Matchplay, as well as two World Series and a number of ProTour events.

Huybrechts – hunting his first European Tour title since 2015 – will be frustrated to have fallen at the final hurdle once more, after losing to Mensur Suljovic in the same competition a year previous. World number two Wright started his run to the final by beating Kim’s brother Ronny Huybrechts in a tetchy third round affair.

As the evening session began, Wright kicked off proceedings by capitalising on missed darts from Dutchman Jelle Klaasen for a 6-4 victory to reach the final four. And it was here that he really found his form – winning 6-3, averaging a brilliant 103.65 and landing 50 per cent of his doubles as he put a stop to Ron Meulemkamp’s impressive run in Riesa to reach the final.

Thirty-one-year-old Huybrechts started his run to the final as he edged out Ian White 6-5 in the third round. A strong display of doubling followed in the Quarter-Finals as he beat Wales’ Gerwyn Price 6-4. And in the final four he clashed with Joe Cullen, running out a 6-2 winner despite Cullen missing D18 for a nine-darter.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cullen can be happy with his weekend’s work nonetheless, reaching the Semi-Final stage of the European Tour for the second time this year, and posting the highest average of the competition – 113.77 in the second round.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock put in a strong run to reach the quarter-finals, whilst Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson saw his dream debut on the European stage brought to an end in the final eight by Meulenkamp.

Sunday September 24th

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Third Round
90.02 Peter Wright 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts 88.11
93.93 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Peter Jacques 84.90
92.83 Dennis Nilsson 6-5 Dave Chisnall 91.70
96.20 Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 Josh Payne 88.72
102.12 Mensur Suljovic 5-6 Gerwyn Price 100.21
97.51 Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Ian White 100.58
88.55 Alan Norris 3-6 Joe Cullen 94.61
99.82 Simon Whitlock 6-1 Mervyn King 92.88

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

Quarter-Finals
94.26 Peter Wright 6-4 Jelle Klaasen 93.64
85.50 Dennis Nilsson 2-6 Ron Meulenkamp 99.75
99.04 Gerwyn Price 4-6 Kim Huybrechts 99,79
98.82 Joe Cullen 6-3 Simon Whitlock 91.89

Semi-Finals
103.65 Peter Wright 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp 105.89
90.99 Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Joe Cullen 94.82

Final
102.65 Peter Wright 6-5 Kim Huybrechts 92,44

Friday September 22nd

First Round
90.18 Brendan Dolan 6-0 Andy Hamilton 70.97
99.36 Steve Lennon 6-2 Simon Stevenson 93.74
95.04 Darren Webster 6-4 Luke Woodhouse 88.60
89.68 Justin Pipe 5-6 Christian Kist 92.29
86.92 Dragutin Horvat 3-6 Chris Quantock 91.49
90.63 Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-6 William O’Connor 89.08
87.64 Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Mick McGowan 85.15
83.63 Bernd Roith 4-6 Josh Payne 87.85
80.71 John Michael 6-3 Nandor Bezzeg 74.23
86.02 Keegan Brown 6-4 Michael Plooy 86.57
90.63 Max Hopp 6-4 Mark Webster 89,50
89.27 Ted Evetts 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts 94.10
85.19 Vincent van der Voort 4-6 Peter Jacques 85.75
86.74 Martin Schindler 3-6 Richie Corner 89.54
86.98 Dennis Nilsson 6-5 Steve Beaton 93.29
91.39 Jerry Hendriks 1-6 Kyle Anderson 100.59

Saturday September 23rd

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)

Second Round
100.84 Gerwyn Price 6-4 Steve Lennon 93.61
93.85 Ian White 6-3 Keegan Brown 87.26
97.13 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Brendan Dolan 88.84
92.23 Mervyn King 6-2 John Michael 94.23
99.74 Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Christian Kist 89.64
82.40 Cristo Reyes 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts 94.24
90.91 Benito van de Pas 2-6 Peter Jacques 97.55
113.77 Joe Cullen 6-1 Richie Corner 91.66

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)

100.21 Dave Chisnall 6-4 Darren Webster 93.74
100.91 Daryl Gurney 5-6 Dennis Nilsson 92.19
90.31 Michael Smith 3-6 Ron Meulenkamp 82.86
88.22 Peter Wright 6-2 Chris Quantock 87.31
92.82 Rob Cross 4-6 Josh Payne 94.39
102.32 Mensur Suljovic 6-3 William O’Connor 96.00
105.06 Alan Norris 6-1 Max Hopp 87.91
100.95 Simon Whitlock 6-4 Kyle Anderson 94.97