Jaws roars to Ally Pally victory against Webby


Shaun Davies

MARK Webster’s tilt at global domination was ended by the man known as Jaws!

Former world number one Colin Lloyd prevailed in his second round meeting with Webster at the 2013 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

Lloyd raced into a 3-0 lead in the Alexandra Palace meeting and although Mark did threaten a comeback, it was Lloyd who took the contest 4-2 to book a third round meeting with the fancied Michael van Gerwen.

The 2005 World Matchplay champion said: "It was a real struggle to get over the winning line but I got there, and it's a great feeling to know that I'm coming back here after Christmas.

"I don't think that I deserved to be 3-0 up, but I was more than happy to accept that and I knew I had to make it count."

Lloyd was able to take a crucial first set by punishing three misses from Webster with a 117 checkout, and he then took the next two sets to assume a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Denbigh destroyer staged a mini-fightback by taking the next two sets, after Lloyd missed chances to win the match 4-1, but the former World Matchplay champion made no mistake in the fifth set and sealed victory with a fabulous 10-dart finish.

Lloyd hit double ten to hold throw in the opening leg, after Webster missed four chances to secure an early break.

Webster, who defeated Ian White with a fine display in the first round, took out 69 in two darts to win the second leg and followed that with an excellent 129 checkout, finishing on the bullseye, to claim the third.

Mark missed one dart at the bullseye in the fourth and Lloyd hit double 16 with his third dart to level before the former Lakeside champion hit back-to-back 180s to take command of the deciding leg.

However, Webster let two more chances to win the set slip away and Lloyd made his opponent pay for those mistakes as he took out a 117 finish to snatch the opening set.

Lloyd broke throw to begin the second set in a positive fashion, after Webster was off-target with four chances to hold throw.

The Englishman hit tops at the first time of asking to win the second leg and the Colchester ace won the third leg, with the aid of a maximum, to leave Webster trailing 2-0.

Lloyd produced a solid 15-dart finish to win the opening leg of the third set but missed a dart at double 11 for a 124 checkout in the next to allow Webster in to win his first leg in seven on tops.

Lloyd missed three more chances in the third leg, but Webster was unable to capitalise as his attempt at bullseye was just off-target, and the Essex ace returned to hit double eight.

In the next leg, Lloyd missed the bullseye for a 170 checkout and Webster posted double 10 to hit back, but Lloyd landed a 180 and took out 78 on tops to take the set.

The Welshman kicked off the fourth set by converting a 68 finish, before breaking his opponent's throw with a clinical 14-darter.

Webster, twice a semi-finalist at Alexandra Palace, then won the third leg on double 14 to win the set without reply and reduce the deficit.

Both players held throw in the opening two legs of the fifth set and Lloyd continued that trend as he won the third with a 74 finish, completed on tops, to move a leg away from victory.

Webster, though, took out a 13-darter to win leg four and stepped in to punish three missed match darts from Lloyd, all at double top, by finishing 110 to take the set.

Lloyd quickly put those errors behind him as hit an 11-darter to start the sixth set in superb fashion and he then took out a 74 finish to edge closer to victory.

Webster hit double top to win the third leg after Lloyd missed a fourth opportunity to win the match, but the Essex man made no mistake in next, as he hit a brilliant 10-
darter to superbly wrap up the match.

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