Stephen Bunting is aiming to continue his big-stage resurgence in the autumn following a quarter-final appearance at the Betfred World Matchplay.

The St Helens star followed up his run to the last eight at the 2018 Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals and 2019 BetVictor Masters by reaching the same stage in Blackpool recently.

Bunting described his first round win as one of his best since joining the PDC in 2014, before he hit back from 9-4 down to defeat Ian White 14-12 in round two, surviving five missed match darts.

He was eventually defeated 16-14 in the quarter-finals by Rob Cross, but is taking the positives from his best World Matchplay run.

"I'm really happy with the form at the minute and happy with what I'm doing," he said. "I'm living for playing well on the TV again and showing everyone what I can do.

"This last year, I've learned that you can win from any margin behind if you believe. I dug deep against Gerwyn Price and did the same again [against Ian White].

"It's another stepping stone. I think every single PDC tournament now I've reached the quarter-finals or better, so it's a massive achievement for me.

"It doesn't really matter what I do on the floor, it's the TV tournaments and it's really upset me in the last few years that I've not been as good as I know I can be.

"I know I can be one of the best and I know I can beat the best, so it's all about getting ready for the TV tournaments.

"There's more to come. I still don't believe I'm playing as well as I can, but I'm finding the resilience to battle through."

Stephen Bunting - Betfred World Matchplay (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Bunting also came from 9-4 down during his tie with Cross, levelling at ten-all before the eventual Blackpool champion edged to victory.

"I couldn't have lost to a better player," added Bunting. "To beat Rob you've got to be special - he's been really consistent throughout the year.

"It's really difficult to beat someone who's averaging 100. I tried my best but Rob was phenomenal, he is one of the best players in the world. I'll take a million positives from it."