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PDC Day 12 Match Reports
Toni Alcinas 0-4 Darren Webster
(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 0-3)
DARREN WEBSTER returned to the William Hill World Darts Championship quarter-finals for the first time 11 years with a clinical 4-0 victory over Toni Alcinas.
Webster averaged 94.92, hit three 180s and took out 50 percent of his doubles as Alcinas was always struggling to keep pace, grabbing just four legs in a one-sided contest.
The Norwich thrower lived up to his “Demolition Man” nickname as he was ruthless when stepping in as Alcinas missed the few chances he was presented with, with Webster making the most of his extra experience on the big stage.
Webster kicked off with a 15-darter to get the match underway, and after Alcinas levelled it was the 2007 quarter-finalist who punched in a 148 checkout to go in front before clinching the set with a break of throw.
A 14-darter did the damage in the second set with a 72 finish grabbing another break, before Webster then took out 75 for the set to double his lead.
Alcinas raised his game in the third when hitting two 180s in an 11-dart opener before then going 2-0 up, only for Webster drag it back to 2-2 before a 180 in the deciding leg put him in total command.
That proved the breaking point for Alcinas, and Webster took the next three to make it six legs on the spin to power into the last eight for the first time since 2007.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, you’ve got to go up there and play the board,” said Webster. “I’m really pleased with my performance.
“I’m chuffed with that. I’ve got no taller but I’m rolling back the years, what I lack in height I make up for in heart and passion.”
Webster faces Jamie Lewis or James Richardson in a wide open section of the draw, but insists that he is not looking at his next opponent.
“In the next round it’s irrelevant who I’m playing; people are saying you’re the only seed left but is that good or bad? All the seeds around me have dropped out, so I cant think about that.
“I’ve got one mission and that’s to get up there on that board and do my job and that’s what I’m trying to do.
“I’m just going to chill out and get ready for tomorrow for whoever – I don’t care, bring them on!”