December 2012

Mark Webster says he is well prepared to take on Colin Lloyd in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Championship this afternoon, after producing one of the stand-out performances so far at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Webster shook of his underdog tag in his brilliant first round victory over Ian White, showing his class to see off his dangerous opponent in convincing style.

But the former World Champion is not resting on his laurels ahead of his last 32 battle with ‘Jaws”.

“I’ve been preparing for this since the day after my first match,” said Webster, who reached the semi-finals of the £1 million tournament in 2011.

“I’m ready for Colin and I’m looking forward to a good battle up on that stage.

“I’m pleased with how I played against Ian but it’s still going to be a tough tournament for me. I feel prepared though.

“I’m trying not to think about rankings or how much money I’ve got to defend. I just want to do well at this tournament and use it as a catalyst for a good year in 2013.”

Webster, who has not been in the best of form in 2012, took out three one-hundred-plus finishes and averaged over 97 in his 3-1 victory over White.

He added: “Three months ago a probably wouldn’t have been able to put in a performance like that but I’ve been practising hard and I felt it was coming.

“When you play well it’s important not to get over confident because one game can bring you back down to earth with a bang. I want to get through the next game so I can regroup over Christmas ready for the business end of the tournament.

“Of course, I want to keep playing well but winning is what really matters.

“I can only take it one game at I time but I am feeling confident. I know there are plenty of top players in my section of the draw but it doesn’t worry me. If you’re still here after Christmas anything can happen.

“I’d obviously love to win it, like anybody else, but all of my focus is on the next game.”

By Chris Murphy

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MARK WEBSTER 3 – 1 Ian White

Mark Webster produced a terrific performance to defeat Ian White 3-1 in the first round of the Ladbrokes World Championship on Monday evening.

The Welsh ace hit seven 180s and took out three hundred-plus finishes as he swept past his in form opponent with a 97 average.

Webster, who has not enjoyed the best of years in 2012, showed his true quality as he won through to the last 32, where he will face either Colin Lloyd or Darin Young.

“I had a big game from the off here,” said Webster, the 2008 BDO World Champion.

“It was probably the hardest draw that a seeded player could’ve got.

“Ian is a class act so this is a perfect start for me. I haven’t played well enough this year but I’ve been working hard and I’m really up for this.

“This is what I can do and I’m proud of how I’ve played. It’s only one game but I’m looking forward to the next one now.”

Webster hit a 180 in the first leg, in which he broke his opponent’s throw with a brilliant 124 checkout.

White broke back straight away but ‘Spider’ responded with another fantastic finish, taking out 107 to wrestle back his advantage, before sealing the first set on double top.

Webster hit back  to back maximums as he took the first leg of set two and he won the second against the throw.

He kicked off the next leg with his fourth maximum before pinning double ten to double his lead in the match.

The former Lakeside winner hit another 180 on the way to winning his sixth consecutive leg but White hit back with a 98 checkout to break.

The Stoke thrower moved ahead in the third set before Webster took out 65 to level.

The Welshman missed eight darts to win the match in straight sets, as White hit double one to keep the match alive.

But Webster showed huge bottle in winning all three legs of the fourth set.

‘Spider’ took out a stunning 145 finish in the first and moved one leg from victory by cleaning up 60, in a leg which included his sixth 180.

His seventh maximum soon followed and he pegged double twelve to book his place in round two.

Webster will be back in action on Saturday December 22.

By Chris Murphy

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