February 2013

Mark Webster led Wales into the semi-finals of the World Cup of Darts in Hamburg as he and Richie Burnett claimed a hard fought victory against Spain.

Webster produced finishes of 102, 94 and 76 in a 4-3 defeat of Antonio Alcinas but Burnett suffered a loss by the same score-line against Carlos Rodriguez. (more…)

Wales produced a brilliant performance to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Hamburg with a 5-2 triumph over Canada.

Mark Webster and Richie Burnett did not miss a single attempt at a double and averaged over 98 in the win, with Webster taking out a brilliant 120 finish along the way. (more…)

Wales secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup in Hamburg with an impressive whitewash over Italy on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Webster and Richie Burnett eased past Daniele Petri and Matteo Dal Monte to ensure they would top their group.

And Webster believes that their is much more to come from team Wales.

He said: “Winning is the most important thing and we’ve had two good wins so we’ve got to be happy with that.

“We haven’t really played anywhere near our best though and there is a lot of room for improvement.

“If we can do that and move it up a gear or two then there’s no reason why we can’t go all the way. We are here to win this.”

Burnett got Wales off the mark by pinning  double four and he doubled their lead on double ten.

Webster then made it three nil when he hit double eighteen before Burnett found the double four bed to take the Welsh pair within a leg of victory.

And ‘The Prince of Wales’ pegged double ten to seal their place at the top of Group D.

They will face the runners-up from Group C in the last 16 on Saturday evening.

By Chris Murphy

WALES 5 – 2 SPAIN

Welsh pair Mark Webster and Richie Burnett closed in on a last 16 spot at the World Cup of Darts with a comfortable victory over Spain in Hamburg on Friday evening.

The Welshmen took the last three legs to win their first match in this year’s tournament, defeating Antonio Alcinas and Carlos Rodriguez who had beaten Italy earlier in the day.

Webster pinned double five to give Wales the lead before Burnett doubled it by bedding double ten, in a leg which included a first 180 courtesy of Webster.

The left-hander missed a dart at tops though, allowing Spain to take the third leg and they restored parity when Alcinas produced a fine 90 checkout.

Burnett narrowly missed the bull for a 119 finish but Webster cleaned up the remaining 25 to put the Welsh pair back in front.

And ‘The Prince of Wales’ then pegged double two as Wales moved within a leg of victory.

Rodriguez hammered home a 180 for Spain but Burnett stepped forward to seal the win.

Wales will face Italy on Saturday afternoon in the final game of Group D.

By Chris Murphy

Mark Webster and Uponor have announced an extension to their partnership, which sees the UK based plumbing solutions company continue to sponsor the Welsh ace for a further year.

Webster, a plumber by trade himself, joined forces with Uponor in 2011 and is delighted to have extended the deal, which sees the company remain at the heart of the UK’s fastest growing sport.

Webster was part of the Welsh team which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup of Darts in 2012.

He also hit a perfect nine-dart finish during the PDC season and the Welshman is upbeat about the year ahead.

“I’ve been pleased with my form over the last couple of months and I’m looking to kick on in the New Year,” said the 29-year-old from Denbigh.

“Uponor is a huge plumbing brand. I understand them and they understand me. I’ve been proud to be associated with them over the last 12 months and it will be the same for 2013.”

Webster will again be in action at the World Cup of Darts in Germany at the start of February.