"I understand why they put me on one of the outside boards" - Peter Wright through to fifth round at UK Open

Peter Wright easily qualified for the fifth round of the UK Open. 'Snakebite' was too strong for Joshua Richardson in the fourth round, winning 10-3.

"I enjoyed it," opened Wright, who averaged over 94. "For the first time in a long time I had to play again on one of the furthest boards, far away from the two big stages But that didn't bother me, I can also understand the organization for putting me there, after all I was underperforming lately."

Wright showed signs of improvement last week in the Premier League in Newcastle (where he threw over 100 average), but Thursday was again much less so in Exeter. "It is indeed variable at the moment," he said. "In practice, however, it is going well, yesterday I threw two nine-darters within the hour."

The 53-year-old Scot will take on defending champion Andrew Gilding, who himself won 10-7 over Josh Payne in the fourth round. "I feel that my top form is quietly coming back, but I still have to have some patience. I can't expect everything all at once. I feel good again and that's the most important thing."

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