Michael van Gerwen proves too strong for in-form Darren ‘Demolition Man’ Webster
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Darren Webster's superb form at the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship was brought to an end by world number one Michael van Gerwen at Alexandra Palace.
The Bowthorpe builder had been in the form of his life, beating seeds Stephen Bunting and Simon Whitlock in the first and second rounds, and claims £25,000 after being beaten in the third round.
Van Gerwen showed some of his sparkling best form as he reached the quarter-finals with a 4-1 victory over Webster.
Starting at a frantic pace, Webster hit 100 and 68 finishes to match his formidable opponent to go 2-2 and by doing so nearly took the opening set with two darts at doubles, but he failed to convert. The Dutchman duly obliged by taking the first and then the second set.
It was one-way traffic, with 'Mighty Mike' van Gerwen rattling off the next three legs with finishes of 74, eight and 32 to go 3-0 up before a dazzling 170 checkout broke 48-year-old Webster in the first leg of the fourth set.
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'Demolition Man' Webster fought back with checkouts of 96 and 84 helping him get on the board with a deserved set to trail 3-1 to Van Gerwen, and he continued into the fifth set with Webster taking the first two legs.
But Van Gerwen responded by hitting 88, double 20 and 62 to seal the last three legs, thus confirming his place in the last eight.
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'I feel good,' 2014 world champion van Gerwen told Sky Sports.
'I struggled at times and Darren played really well but I know I can play under pressure and I showed I can do anything at the right time.'