Norwich’s Darren Webster loses to Peter Wright in World Matchplay derby clash

Darren Webster was beaten by Peter Wright in the World Matchplay in Blackpool. Picture: Lawrence Lus

Darren Webster was beaten by Peter Wright in the World Matchplay in Blackpool. Picture: Lawrence Lustig. - Credit: LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Norwich's Darren Webster is out of the World Matchplay after losing a derby clash against Peter Wright.

Webster was beaten by Suffolk number three seed 16-12 in the quarter-finals at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

A see-saw contest began with Wright taking a 2-0 lead before Webster hit back to move 3-2 up, twice punishing misses from the world number three. A pair of 96 checkouts, to complete legs of 11 and 12 darts, moved Wright 4-3 up only for him to see Webster move back in front at 5-4 and 6-5.

Wright levelled with a 101 finish, and then came from 8-6 down to lead 9-8 as he broke twice in a three-leg run. Again, though, missed doubles cost Wright dearly as Webster levelled in leg 18, finished double five to move back ahead and double 16 to break for an 11-9 cushion.

But Wright took a three-leg lead for the first time at 14-11 before closing it out.


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Wright will now face Daryl Gurney in the semi-finals. Gurney was a 16-13 winner over Mensur Suljovic.

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