Norwich marksman looks to keep trending alongside Donald Trump

Darren Webster celebrates his 5-0 win over Phil Taylor at the Grand Slam of Darts. Picture: LAWRENCE

Darren Webster celebrates his 5-0 win over Phil Taylor at the Grand Slam of Darts. Picture: LAWRENCE LUSTIG - Credit: LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Norwich marksman Darren Webster may have 'trumped' the greatest darts player of all time but he was still contemplating what might have been.

Webster's 5-0 whitewash of 16-times champion Phil Taylor caused a social media storm on Monday evening with the 50-year-old from Bowthorpe briefly trending on Twitter second only to US President-elect Donald Trump.

However, his victory, which saw him become the first player to whitewash Taylor for the second time, wasn't enough to see him advance to the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts. Defeats earlier in the group to Ian White and Darryl Fitton made his match with Taylor a dead rubber and left Webster ruing how he had saved his best for last.

'It's kind of tinged with frustration because I would rather have won my first two matches and still be in the tournament,' said Webster, whose previous whitewash against Taylor came at the Players Championship in 2014. 'To do it on TV though was great and it gives me a lot of confidence going forward.

'I think I can play a lot better – I didn't hit a 180 in any of my matches which is pretty unheard of for me.'


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Webster now heads for the Players Championship in Minehead later this month before the World Darts Championship in December and he believes he is well placed to enjoy a run in both competitions.

'I've come good again at the end of year again,' he added. 'I've been working on the mental side of the game. Before this week I'd not been on TV since last Christmas and it's a lot different playing in those conditions.

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'The light is different, it's a lot hotter and you're playing on a board that you've never played on. That's where the big boys have an advantage because they have played in those conditions a lot.

'You have to adapt quickly and hopefully my win against Taylor will stand me in good stead for the World Championships in particular.'

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