NORTH Wales sensation Mark Webster enjoyed the best win of his darts career over the weekend, but just came up short in his efforts to take a global title.
Webster, from Denbigh, beat 15-time world champion Phil "The Power" Taylor in the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes.com World Professional Darts Championship at London's Alexandra Palace.
However, Webster failed to get the better of "Jackpot" Adrian Lewis in last night's semi-finals, losing out 6-4 in sets.
Webster lost 6-0 to Taylor in last year's semi-finals, but the former BDO Lakeside champion showed his improvement since then with a brilliant display to defeat the legendary 50-year-old on Saturday.
"It's a great win, probably the biggest of my career," said Webster afterwards.
"I'm not surprised that I've won, I genuinely believed I could do it. I got involved in a scrap and came out on top, and I enjoyed it.
"I took my chances and I'm over the moon but I've got to go and beat Adrian now otherwise this was a waste of a win."
Taylor had shared the game's first two sets, but Webster won three of the next four to take a 4-2 lead before edging the seventh in sealing victory.
"Mark was the better player, without a shadow of doubt, and his bottle was brilliant," said Taylor. "His finishing was very good and he has to take that into the semi-finals now.
"He's got better and better throughout the year. He's comfortable in the World Championship and he's got the bit between his teeth."
It is Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis who will contest tonight's final, however.
Lewis won through to his first final with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Webster in Sunday's second semi-final.
Webster pulled back from 4-2 down to level but Lewis found an extra gear to win the next two in style to complete the win.
"It's a fantastic feeling," said Lewis.
"When I went 4-2 up I thought I'd cruise it 6-2 but he took out a few good finishes and I had to dig in deep at the end.
"We traded high scores throughout, and it was a tough game. Mark fought back well but I've got the job done in the end.
"The hard work is still to be done though, and it's every player's dream to be world champion. I have practised hard enough for five or six years and this could be my chance.
"I am disappointed but I thought Adrian was the better player," admitted Webster.
"I missed a couple of doubles at vital times towards the end and that was really costly for me.
"I'm delighted to get the semi-finals of the biggest darts tournament in the world for the second year in succession, and I will come back again.
"I've got to the semi-finals of the biggest tournament in the world and am really pleased with myself - but you don't win world titles by beating Phil Taylor, you win world titles by winning the final and I'm disappointed I won't get a chance to do that."
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