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Peter Wright pleased with improved performance as he eases into the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay

Peter Wright looks to be getting back to his best after an improved performance saw him ease past Cristo Reyes 11-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay last night.

The third seed struggled in a 10-8 win against debutant James Wilson in the first round on Saturday night, but put in a much better display against the Spanish number one to reach the last eight in Blackpool for the third successive year.

The UK Open champion averaged 104 and hit 11 of his 14 double attempts as he saw off Reyes to set up a clash with world number 29 Darren Webster tomorrow night.

“This was a much better performance and I felt really comfortable tonight,” Wright said.

“Darren will be a very difficult customer. I’ve played him many times and he’s like a little firework and he can play.

“I’m looking forward to it and it should be a good game.”

Wright quickly established the advantage against Reyes, another debutant in the World Matchplay this year, racing into leads of 4-1 and 7-3 with some clinical finishing, including a brace of 96 finishes and a 106 checkout.

Reyes followed an earlier 116 finish by taking out 106 to reply in the 11th leg, but Wright responded in fine fashion with an 11-darter and a 101 finish before taking out 77 to wrap up a strong display.

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