Peter Wright dresses as the GRINCH at PDC Darts World Championship – and steals Christmas from Mickey Mansell

SHOWMAN Peter Wright came dressed as the pot-bellied Grinch – and he stole Christmas from Mickey Mansell.

Snakebite, 52, promised an outlandish outfit on his return as the defending world darts champion following a month off the oche to look after his ill wife.

Peter Wright arrived in a full Grinch costume – complete with glovesRex

Wright eased into the third round at Ally PallyRex

EPAWright dropped just one leg in the whole match[/caption]

EPAWright stole Christmas from Northern Irishman Micky Mansell[/caption]

And he delivered that last night by arriving at Ally Pally in a red Santa top, luminous green hair, trousers and mitts, and having grown a big bushy white beard.

In honour of Dr Seuss’s memorable grouchy and mean-spirited character, it was the most OTT entrance ever

Well, since he wore the same crazy costume TWO YEARS AGO.

Mean Green Machine Wright – who took out a 121 finish on the Bull – will now play in the third round after Christmas after dropping only one leg in a 3-0 victory over an average opponent.

Wright said: “This is the Christmas Grinch, he’s accepted Christmas. He loves it instead of hating it.

“It’s taken me a month to grow the beard. I thought I’ve got nothing else to do apart from look after my wife Jo – so I thought I might as well grow a beard for Christmas.

“The entire outfit took two hours. Jo started getting it ready on Tuesday.”

GRANT SAMPSON caused the first upset of the 16-day tournament by beating world No.45 and highly-fancied Irishman Keane Barry 3-1 – and then got the BUS back to his hotel.

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The South African qualifier – who plays Belgian Kim Huybrechts today in the second round – used public transport to get to and from his nearby Wood Green digs.

Northern Irish thrower NATHAN RAFFERTY beat Jermaine Wattimena 3-2 on his debut appearance – a week after having his appendix taken out.

EPASouth African qualifier Grant Sampson stunned Keane Barry[/caption]

EPANathan Rafferty beat Jermaine Wattimena for a place in round two[/caption]

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