Darren Webster has got the taste for success ahead of PDC World Championship’s festive feast

Darren Webster on his way to a first-round victory at Ally Pally. Picture: PA

Darren Webster on his way to a first-round victory at Ally Pally. Picture: PA - Credit: LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Norwich arrows ace Darren Webster hopes spending time in the kitchen will help him turn up the heat on Dean Winstanley.

The 46-year-old dumped seventh seed Simon Whitlock out of the PDC World Championship with a shock 3-1 victory to set up Sunday's second-round clash against his fellow countryman. Since the win Webster has spent hours practising in his shed to prepare for the last 32 clash, but admits he's working equally hard elsewhere to ensure he doesn't come to the boil too soon.

The thrower, nicknamed Demolition Man, said: 'I've been doing four hours a day and I'll do the same to practice on Christmas Day. I'll get most of the stuff for Christmas dinner ready on Christmas Eve, watch the kids open their presents on the day, get on with the dinner, and then practice in the evening.

'I'll be cooking for about eight or nine people, but I'll enjoy it. I've been doing a lot of cooking and baking in the build-up to Christmas as it takes my mind off the darts and helps me relax.

'I'm just doing all I can to try and keep practising my finishing and keep calm. I don't want to get over-adrenalised about it all.'

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The father-of-three is targeting his best run in the showcase event at Alexandra Palace since he reached the quarter-finals in 2007. But he's still two victories away from matching the feat he achieved as an amateur.

First, the professional will have to see if his culinary offerings are deemed a success tomorrow before he can truly focus on making sure he enjoys another slice of Ally Pally glory at the weekend.

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'Beating Dean would be the best Christmas present of all – well, apart from winning the whole thing on January 4 (final),' joked the player who is coming to the end of his second year as a professional.

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