World number two Peter Wright cruises through to second round of World Matchplay

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World number two Peter Wright cruised through to the second round of the World Matchplay Darts at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

His 10-2 victory over Danny Noppert featured a 99.7 average and included three 180’s and a 121 checkout.

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Luke Humphries caused the biggest shock of the tournament so far when he beat world number four James Wade.

The former world youth champion finished with a 101 average as he scored eight 180’s in a confident 10-3 victory.

Michael Smith started to find form again in a 10-7 win over debutant Ryan Searle.

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Jose De Sousa’s win included a 116 checkout, as he comfortably beat Gabriel Clemens 10-2 to progress through to the next round to set up a match against Smith.

Joe Cullen brought an end to his five-match losing streak with a close-fought 10-8 victory over Chris Dobey.

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Rob Cross, who was world champion in 2019, started the campaign with a 10-8 win over debutant Ross Smith.

He finished the match with a 100 average and will take on Callan Rydz in the last 16, who beat Glen Durrant 10-6.

In the first match of the day, Krzysztof Ratajski beat Brendan Dolan 10-4.

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