PDC world championship dream over for Darren Webster despite a spirited fightback
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Norwich's Darren Webster almost overturned a 2-0 deficit as he exited this year's world championship despite a spirited showing.
The 46-year-old's dream of progressing in the PDC's flagship event looked to be over as Dean Winstanley took control of their second-round clash at Alexandra Palace tonight. But Webster produced a stirring fightback to turn the match on its head and take it to a deciding set tiebreaker – which he lost.
Winstanley said: 'Darren did what he always does, he never gives in. I knew even though I was two sets up it wasn't over, I knew he'd come back at me and he did.
'He's like a Yorkshire Terrier who just wouldn't let go, and when it went to 2-2 I knew I had to give everything to try and win it, and that's what I managed to do. What a game, I always do that, make stupid mistakes and let players back in when I should be winning but I just did enough in the end, I'm through, and I can move on now.
'I'm in the last 16 for the first time so who says I can't go all the way now.'
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Winstanley held a 2-0 lead in the third and was ahead by the same scoreline in sets before the Norfolk hopeful dug in to win the next three sets and lead 3-2.Webster's opponent stemmed the tie and then produced the goods in a tense finale to win three legs on the spin giving him a 4-2 triumph in the shootout.
Yesterday, Peter Wright made comfortable progress into round three with a 4-1 win over Ronny Huybrechts.
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Last year's beaten finalist, who lives at Mendham near Harleston, averaged 95.52 and threw three 180s, but the real quality was in his finishing, as he hit three ton-plus checkouts and was just above 46pc on doubles overall.
Huybrechts had an 87.52 match average, equalled Wright's 180 tally and hit a 104 checkout of his own, but his scoring was always just a few notches behind the number four seed.
The Scot now moves on to a third round encounter with either Andy Hamilton or Kyle Anderson on Tuesday.
'It was a hard battle,' said Wright.
'I got very emotional up there because of all these fans singing my name, I was filling up with tears up there because I'm not used to it.
'It's so great getting all the support from the crowd and I came out feeling fantastic, but the emotion I got from the crowd took over and I found it hard to concentrate.
'I averaged 95 and I've not played well yet in this tournament but I'm through to the next round so I can only improve and get better.'
Wright ran away with the first set quickly, but Huybrechts answered in the next with the same 3-1 scoreline.
The Belgian never got a look-in in the third set as Wright caught fire, taking out 144 in the first leg before hitting a 121 checkout – with Huybrechts on a finish – to double his advantage and also add the third to settle it. A 104 checkout got Huybrechts away in the fourth, but a 180 helped Wright level before a third big finish of 111 put him ahead and tops gave him the set.
After trading legs in the fifth, Wright threw a ten-darter in the next, scoring 180, 140, 165 and double eight to go a leg away from the match.
Huybrechts bravely levelled with a 180 and 47 checkout, but throwing for the match Wright made no mistake, hitting a crucial 140 to set up a 24 which he took out with ease.
Phil Taylor hammered Mark Webster 4-0 to progress.