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WELSH DARTS ACE Mark Webster believes that he has reasons to be confident of a successful 2017 after a solid start to the year.

The former Lakeside World Champion achieved his first target of qualifying for the first TV event of the year – the UK Open finals in Minehead, where he went on to reach the last 32.

Webster’s best run in the six qualifying events was to the last 16 in the first Pro Tour event of 2017, beating the likes of Ronny Huybrechts to help him qualify for the second round of the UK Open.

There, his match with Stephen Bunting took top billing on TV and the Welshman produced a sublime display to prevail 6-2.

He then beat Ross Twell before losing out to Daryl Gurney in the lat 32.

Webster said: “I didn’t really play well against Daryl but some of my performances in qualifying and especially against Stephen Bunting on TV have given me something to build on.

“It’s been a struggle for the last couple of years and my technical problems are there to be seen but I’m battling on and am showing that I’ve still got what it takes.

“I’ve got a few personal goals for this year and I’ll need to be more consistent to achieve them but it has been there in patches and that gives me confidence.”