MARK WEBSTER 10 – 6 Colin Lloyd
Mark Webster booked his place in the second round of the Betfair World Matchplay, triumphing 10-6 over 2005 champion Colin Lloyd at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
The former World Champion showed plenty of fight, taking out clinical finishes at crucial times to reach the last 16, where he will meet Andy Hamilton on Thursday night.
“It was a battle tonight, but a battle that I won,”said Webster, who hit four 180’s en route to victory.
“It wasn’t pretty but it’s a win and that’s all that matters.
“Lloydy has been in form of late and that deserted him at times tonight but I managed to hold it together and hopefully that is the victory I needed.
“It’s a big confidence boost and I’ll make sure that I’m ready for another big battle in the next round.
“There is only a place between myself and Andy in the rankings, so it should be a great game, but a game I know I can win.”
All of the first four legs were won against the throw and ‘Spider’ was the first to hold after he kicked off leg five with a 180 before hitting double six.
Webster then began to pull away, taking out a brilliant 110 checkout for a break of throw before posting double ten to go 5-2 in front.
Lloyd pulled a leg back before The Welshman hit double top to restore a three leg lead, which ‘Jaws’ cut by taking out an audacious 140 finish with treble 20 and two double tops’.
Webster produced a tidy 94 checkout to move 7-4 ahead before Lloyd held after ‘Spider’ had just missed out on a 120 checkout.
The 2011 Players Championship finalist hit his fourth maximum to kick off the 13th leg, which he won in 13 darts.
He then took out a fantastic 116 checkout for another break of throw, to move within a leg of victory.
Lloyd took out 96 to stay in the match but Webster finished him off in the next leg, breaking with a 62 checkout to get the job done and move into the second round.
By Chris Murphy
Mark Webster is hoping to kick-start his season when he faces Colin Lloyd in round one of the Betfair World Matchplay on Monday evening.
Webster faces an in-form ‘Jaws’ at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, where he made it to the quarter-finals last year.
In fact, the Welsh left-hander reached at the least the quarter-finals in five televised tournaments in 2011, but suffered a first round exit in the 2012 World Championships and was overlooked for a McCoy’s Premier League place, before being knocked out of the Speedy Services UK Open in the third round.
“My form has been patchy this year,” said Webster, the 2008 BDO World Champion.
“There have been times when I’ve played well but I haven’t got the results to go with it. Hopefully that will change next week.
“I want to go there and do better than I did last year, which means going further than the quarter-finals.
“Of course I set out to win any tournament I enter but it’s getting harder. There are so many good players around but I’ll do my best.”
‘Spider’ is expecting a tough opening match against Lloyd, who won a Players Championship event at the beginning of the month, but is confident that he can get the right result.
“Lloydy is in good form again,” said Webster. “I’ll be going into the match thinking I can beat him but he’ll be thinking the same about me so it could be a cracker.
“It could go either way, so I’ll have to be at my best to make sure it goes my way.”
Webster, who was runner up in the 2011 Players Championship Finals, has a vested interest in another player who has qualified for the Matchplay – World Youth Champion James Hubbard, who is sponsored by the world number nine.
“He (Hubbard) has done fantastic to qualify for the second biggest tournament of the year,” said Webster.
“He only went professional at the beginning of this year so it is a fantastic achievement and he definitely has the ability to cause an upset or two.”
By Chris Murphy