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Wizard casts a spell to triumph as Snakebite gets ready to attack

 

By Robert Jones

Simon 'The Wizard' Whitlock worked his magic to beat Germany's Martin Schindler 3-1 in the World Championship at Alexandra Palace last night.

Aussie Whitlock will meet the winner of tonight's clash between Darren Webster and Devon Petersen for a place in the last 16 of the £1.8million showpiece.

Michael Smith beat Kilkenny newcomer Steve Lennon 3-2 to set up a clash with Rob Cross.

World No.2 Peter Wright has confirmed he will play his match tonight despite last month's health scare.

Wright was rushed to hospital on November 30 and scans later confirmed the 47-year-old Livingston-born player has three gallstones.

The flamboyant thrower, known as 'Snakebite', had to cancel several planned exhibition appearances but confirmed he is fit enough to take on Brazil's Diogo Portela tonight.

"I'll be playing and can't wait to get back to Ally Pally," the UK Open champion said. "I'm feeling totally fine in many ways, and I'm rested.

"I'm still waiting to hear back from the doctors following my scan and it might be that I need some further treatment."

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