James Wade faces Colin Lloyd on Friday evening after booking his place in the third round of the UK Open following a high quality encounter against Stephen Bunting at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.
The world number three battled hard to see off his impressive opponent in a last leg decider.
Bunting took the first leg, before Wade hit double ten to draw level.
‘The Machine’ hit double twelve to grab a break of throw but Bunting restored parity when he hit double top in leg four.
Bunting then held his throw to move within a leg of beating the defending champion.
Wade hit double top to set up a deciding leg, which he won on double ten after his opponent missed three darts at double nineteen.
By Chris Murphy