Darren Webster sends Rob Cross crashing out of the World Matchplay

Webster celebrates a memorable victory (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Darren Webster won through to the Quarter-Finals of the World Matchplay for the second successive year courtesy of an 11-8 scalp of Rob Cross at the Winter Gardens on Wednesday.

The world number 14 punished a host of missed doubles (8/29) from a below-par 'Voltage' to book his place in the Last Eight in Blackpool.

Webster began brightly by opening up a 3-1 lead before Cross landed double 18 and double 16 to restore parity.

Norwich ace Webster then claimed the next two legs to re-establish daylight before missing two darts at double 12 to allow Cross to cut the gap and go on to level once again.

Webster then reeled off the next three legs, and though Cross took out 88 for a 12-darter, 'The Demolition Man' hit back with a 76 finish to make it 9-6.

Cross followed up a 174 setup with tops for a 13-darter before missing two darts at double 14 in the following leg to allow Webster to move within a leg of victory.

Webster then missed the big number on a match checkout and Cross captialised to trail 10-8 but a composed 15-darter on double eight saw Webster safely over the line.

"I really enjoyed that win, it's a great feeling to beat the World Champion," said Webster.

"When you get involved in a scrap you have to dig in and win it. I know I'm good enough to beat the best players and now I'm showing it.
 
"I've got the chance of a lifetime to push into the top ten and now I want to keep winning and keep pushing my way up.
 
"I'm playing the best darts of my life in terms of results but I've still got an extra 20% of my practice game to bring to the big stage.
 
"I didn't used to like playing against Mensur but I enjoy it now so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into that game."


 
Elsewhere, last year's beaten finalist Peter Wright produced a superb 105.6 average, the highest of the tournament so far, in a ruthless 11-5 victory over Kim Huybrechts.
 
The world number two was in confident mood heading into the tie and delivered a world-class performance to back up his rallying cry, though Huybrechts matched his rival in the early stages as both players averaged over 105 after nine legs.
 
Wright broke the Belgian's throw to move into a 7-4 lead and then cruised to victory, landing a roof-raising 130 finish on the bull on the way to booking a quarter-final tie with Simon Whitlock.
 
"I felt comfortable and I felt focused - I'm happy with how I played," said Wright, who also produced checkouts of 121 and 116.
 
"In my next game it will be tough because Simon is a good friend but when we get up on stage I will have to treat him as the enemy. He is fantastic though and he's playing really good darts at the moment."

Austrian ace Mensur Suljovic edged out Ian White 11-8 in a tense affair to reach the Quarter-Finals for the third time in four years.
 
The world number six got off to a strong start, taking a 3-0 lead before maintaining the advantage throughout the game despite being pushed all the way by White, who clawed his way back into the contest to trail 9-8.
 
Suljovic crucially found double nine at the third attempt to break straight back before pinning his favourite double 14 in the following leg to book his place in the last eight once again.
 
"My performance was not that good, but I am so happy that I won," said Suljovic, the 2017 Champions League of Darts winner.
 
"It was a very hard game, Ian is a good player. There are lots of good players in this tournament who are favourites ahead of me but I will keep trying my best to win."
 
Simon Whitlock's 11-7 win over James Wade in the opening game of the evening guaranteed a new name on the trophy this year.
 
Wade, the only former champion remaining in the field following his 2007 triumph, struggled to find his best form throughout the match but stuck with Whitlock and found himself trailing 6-4 heading into the second break.
 
Two-time Winter Gardens semi-finalist Whitlock took advantage of Wade's two missed darts at double to go within a leg of victory at 10-7 and then finished the job to advance to the quarter-finals in Blackpool for the first time since 2014.
 
"I feel really relaxed on the Winter Gardens stage this year, I'm enjoying playing up there," said Whitlock.
 
"I started well and then it became a scrap, I felt like I should've been further ahead at some points but I got the win and that's all that matters.
 
"The last time I got to the semis here was in 2014 and I actually feel like I'm playing better now than I was then."



BetVictor World Matchplay 2018 Results


Wednesday July 25 

Second Round

Simon Whitlock 11-7 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 11-8 Ian White
Rob Cross 8-11 Darren Webster
Peter Wright 11-5 Kim Huybrechts


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