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MARK WEBSTER 5-2 Wes Newton

Mark Webster gave his hopes of progressing from a tough Grand Slam of Darts group a brilliant boost by defeating world number eight Wes Newton in his opening match.

The Welsh left-hander raced back from being two legs behind to seal the win, hitting a sensational 164 checkout along the way.

“Nobody beats Wes easily so I’m happy,” said Webster who is still to face Simon Whitlock and Ross Smith in Group G.

“It’s a great win and to string five legs together against him is an achievement. Wes made a good start and things weren’t looking too good for me – maybe I was trying a bit too hard but you’ve got to take your chances and I managed to reel off five really solid legs there, and the 164 was a turning point.

“I’ve had a tough couple of years, so to come here and beat a player of the calibre of Wes is a big confidence boost. It’s been a frustrating time for me but I hope I can kick on from here and bring the glory days back.

“The job’s not done yet though – I learned the hard way last year when I won my first game and went out, so I’ve got to stay focused and concentrate for the rest of the group.”

Newton took the first two legs before Webster went on the rampage, pinning double twelve to halve the deficit before his first of four 180s helped him draw level.

The former Lakeside winner pegged double top to move ahead and when Newton missed a dart at the same target, ‘Spider’ stepped in to take out a fabulous 164 finish.

And he went on to seal victory on double ten.

By Chris Murphy

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