Leyland, who joined forces with Webster and Simon Whitlock in 2011, is delighted to remain at the heart of one of the UK’s fastest growing sports, which is attracting bumper television audiences and regularly packing out some of the UK’s biggest arenas.
“Leyland Paints enjoyed a fantastic year in darts,” said Victoria Jones, Stockist Brand Marketing Manager.
“To be firmly at the heart of a sport which is constantly seeing its popularity grow, has provided us with a unique and exciting opportunity.
“Mark and Simon have been excellent darting ambassadors for Leyland Paints and we are thrilled to be involved in the sport again for 2013.”
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.
“Leyland is a huge paint brand. 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.
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
Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC
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
Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC
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
Images courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Mark Webster will take on Andy Hamilton in round one of the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix in Dublin.
Webster, a quarter-finalist in the £350,000 tournament last year, faces 2012 World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton at the Citywest Hotel on Tuesday 9 October.
The winner of their first round clash is set to play either Steve Beaton or Andy Smith in the last 16.
The PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix, which is unique for its double-start format, takes place from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 October, with 32 players battling it out for the £100,000 first prize.
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket – (via www.pdc.tv)
Phil Taylor (1) v Michael Smith
Mark Walsh v Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins (8) v Mervyn King
Dean Winstanley v Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock (5) v Justin Pipe
Kevin Painter v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson (4) v Brendan Dolan
Vincent van der Voort v William O’Connor
Adrian Lewis (2) v Richie Burnett
Michael van Gerwen v Colin Lloyd
Andy Hamilton (7) v Mark Webster
Steve Beaton v Andy Smith
Wes Newton (6) v Ronnie Baxter
Raymond van Barneveld v Ian White
James Wade (3) v Colin Osborne
Michael Mansell v Paul Nicholson
Second Round Losers £7,000
First Round Losers £4,000
Total Prize Money £350,000
In addition, should a player hit a nine-dart finish, they would receive a £5,000 bonus. If more than one player achieves this feat, the bonus would be shared equally on a pro-rata basis.
First Round Best of Three Sets
Second Round Best of Five Sets
Quarter-Finals Best of Five Sets
Semi-Finals Best of Nine Sets
Final Best of 11 Sets
All sets are the best of five legs. There will be no tie-break.
All games are double-start and double-finish, meaning a player must first hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.
Mark Webster is part of the best ever line-up of professional darts stars, which has been assembled for an exclusive two-day event, the Dalgleish Borders Masters, which will take place on the 28-29 September at Kelso.
15-time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor heads the list of the PDC’s top players taking part in the exciting event, which can boast an unprecedented abundance of quality.
World number one Taylor is joined by reigning and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, seven-time major winner James Wade and five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld.
Another World Champion is also on show in the form of Webster, as are Australian aces Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson.
The stunning line-up is completed by the Scottish trio of former Premier League champion Gary Anderson, 2012 UK Open winner Robert Thornton and John Henderson.
The Dalgleish Borders Masters sees the world’s very best players battle it out in two exclusive tournaments, with eight players competing in the Nations Cup being on Friday September 28 before Taylor and Thornton join them for the Borders Masters, which takes place the following day.
Promoters Davie Hanson and Kevin Green are delighted to have put together such a star-studded field of talent.
“This really is our perfect ten,” said Hanson. “We have ten superstars of the sport and it will be a fantastic couple of days.
“The only time you would normally see such quality is in the latter stages of televised majors and I know there will be no shortage of competitiveness.”
Green added: “It really is like a who’s who of darts and a once in a lifetime opportunity for darts fans to see all of their favourite players under one roof.”
Tickets for this unique event are available from Davie Hanson 07872 078715 / Kevin Green 07958 642751 or online via www.dartshop.tv
By Chris Murphy
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
Mark Webster has launched his partnership with new sponsors Glow-worm after visiting the company’s headquarters last week.
The Welsh darts ace, a fully qualified plumber and former Glow-worm installer, will spearhead the Derbyshire based company’s campaign which is designed to engage installers, merchants and end-users alike.
The long-term agreement with Webster will see Glow-worm gain national TV exposure through presence on the player’s shirt, as well as hosting a series of national darts events, VIP competitions and merchandise giveaways.
Webster, who shot to prominence by scooping a world title, officially launched the partnership with a visit to Glow-worm’s state-of-the-art Belper headquarters on Monday June 11th.
During that visit he put his plumbing expertise to the test by building a boiler in the company’s factory, as well as meeting the Glow-worm team and hosting a darts masterclass.
Glow-worm Commercial Director Pippa Wibberley is delighted to have secured the agreement and believes it will help the company further stand-out from the competition.
She said: “Not unlike the heating industry, the world of darts has seen some major changes in recent years which have transformed the game into one of the UK’s most popular sports. There are few faster growing sports than darts in terms of either participation or viewing figures, and there is a real buzz about it.
“We know that many of our customers love watching the sport, and felt it was something that we could really engage people and have fun with.”
“It was important to us that the partnership had brand relevance, and we are delighted to have been able to secure a deal with Mark.”
“He really does have a huge amount in common with Glow-worm. His plumbing background means that he can engage with our staff and customers on a number of levels, he is really exciting to watch play and he has huge potential.”
“Mark is already a world champion and we hope that during the course of this relationship he will continue to scale the heights of world darts.”
Webster echoed those sentiments. “It was great when Glow-worm approached me because I am still really interested in plumbing. I was a fully qualified and working plumber for several years and fitted Glow-worm boilers in my time so I understand the market and what their customers are looking for”.
“Glow-worm is a brand that is known for developing strong and supportive relationships with its customers and I hope the association with myself and professional darts will just add to that.”