Peter Wright came close to becoming another seed and tournament favourite to depart the double start competition but he survived match darts to get through and set up a clash with Mervyn King this evening and Wright spoke about Bunting as well as his relief on still being in the tournament.

“It was close and I’m relieved to get through that,” said Wright. “I’ve had many great battles with Stephen and it’s often a close game and this was another one of those.

“I’m just glad to be through and still in the tournament because it’s always nervy playing over that short distance and with the double-start format.”

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