Colourful Peter Wright advances in World Darts Championships
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Peter Wright made comfortable progress into round three of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a 4-1 win over Ronny Huybrechts.
Last year's beaten finalist, who lives at Mendham near Harleston, Wright averaged 95.52 and threw three 180s, but the real quality was in his finishing, as he hit three ton-plus checkouts and was just above 46pc on doubles overall.
Huybrechts had an 87.52 match average, equalled Wright's 180 tally and hit a 104 checkout of his own, but his scoring was always just a few notches behind the number four seed.
The Scot now moves on to a third round encounter with either Andy Hamilton or Kyle Anderson on Tuesday.
'It was a hard battle,' said Wright. 'I got very emotional up there because of all these fans singing my name, I was filling up with tears up there because I'm not used to it.
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'It's so great getting all the support from the crowd and I came out feeling fantastic, but the emotion I got from the crowd took over and I found it hard to concentrate.
'I averaged 95 and I've not played well yet in this tournament but I'm through to the next round so I can only improve and get better.'
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Wright ran away with the first set quickly, but Huybrechts answered in the next with the same 3-1 scoreline.
The Belgian never got a look-in in the third set as Wright caught fire, taking out 144 in the first leg before hitting a 121 checkout – with Huybrechts on a finish – to double his advantage and also add the third to settle it.
A 104 checkout got Huybrechts away in the fourth, but a 180 helped Wright level before a third big finish of 111 put him ahead and tops gave him the set.
After trading legs in the fifth, Wright threw a ten-darter in the next, scoring 180, 140, 165 and double eight to go a leg away from the match.
Huybrechts bravely levelled with a 180 and 47 checkout, but throwing for the match Wright made no mistake, hitting a crucial 140 to set up a 24 which he took out with ease.