Mark Webster won his opening group game at the Grand Slam of Darts, defeating 2010 champion Scott Waites in Wolverhampton.
Webster raced into a 3-0 lead to see off his opponent, as he hit two finishes of over 100 on his way to a 5-3 triumph.
The 2011 Players Championship runner-up grabbed two points to aid his bid to progress from Group A, with Phil Taylor and Co Stompe still to play.
“Its been a tough year and I’ve not played like I can,” admitted Webster.
“Maybe that can be the turning point now. I’ve got a bit more confidence just from winning that game.
“I’ve got good people around me, with my management team, sponsors and partner all telling me that the form will come back.
“Hopefully I can kick on from here and make winning a habit again.
“I’ve won a game but I’m still not through yet. That’s my priority and I’ll be back trying to win my next game to qualify.”
Waites won the bull and opened with a 180 but Webster pinned double top to take the opening leg.
The Welsh former World Champion held his own throw to double his lead, with the aid of his first maximum.
He then broke again, bedding double ten for the second leg running, this time to complete a 131 checkout.
Waites won the next two legs before Webster took out a brilliant 104 finish to move a leg away from victory.
Waites posted double 16 to stay in the match but ‘Spider’ saw the job through, taking out 56 on double ten.
By Chris Murphy
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