Norwich’s Darren Webster gives world number one Michael van Gerwen an almighty scare

Cash Converters Players Championship 2016 semi-finals, Darren Webster in action against Michael van

Cash Converters Players Championship 2016 semi-finals, Darren Webster in action against Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC - Credit: Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Norwich darts ace Darren Webster came close to the biggest win of his career this evening, after making his first major semi-final.

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The 48-year-old was taking on world number one Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals of the PDC Players Championship Finals in Minehead.

He raced into a 6-0 lead against the dominant Dutchman, who has won seven of the PDC's premier events so far this year, but allowed the lead to slip as van Gerwen drew level at 6-6 in front of a rowdy Butlins crowd.

Webster, from Bowthorpe, then twice reclaimed the lead in the best-of-21 match but saw his opponent rally to claim an 11-8 victory.

Reaching the semi-finals was still a major achievement for Webster, earning him £20,000 in prize money, and he remained happy with his achievement despite seeing such a huge scalp slip through his fingers.

Cash Converters Players Championship 2016 semi-finals, Darren Webster in action against Michael van

Cash Converters Players Championship 2016 semi-finals, Darren Webster in action against Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC - Credit: Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC


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'I should have buried him but he isn't world number one for nothing is he,' Webster said, speaking on ITV4. 'He came back at me, I thought I gave him a game.

'I started thinking 11-0 when I was 6-0 up! But then he came back and, you know, you've got to try and destroy people. Unfortunately he got back at me and that's what Michael does.'

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Webster beat Christian Kist 10-6 this afternoon, in his first televised quarter-final in almost 10 years, having defeated Simon Whitlock 6-3 in the second round and Alan Norris 10-5 in the third round on Saturday.

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