Webby bids to bounce back

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Darts correspondent

BELFAST is the setting tonight (Thursday) as Mark Webster looks to rediscover that winning feeling.


The Denbigh destroyer continues his 888.com Premier League Darts campaign with the third week of action, which takes place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast - and he will tackle unbeaten Premier League leader Gary Anderson.
 

For the second time in the space of three weeks, Webster finds himself competing in the first of the four matches on stage on Premier League night.
 

The other occasion was a fortnight ago when he swept aside the challenge of 2009 Premier League champion James Wade 8-3.
 

However, Mark’s next game against 15-time world champion Phil Taylor ended in an 8-5 defeat, which leaves the 2008 Lakeside World Professional champion in fourth spot in the Premier League table, level on points with Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld, Terry Jenkins, James Wade and Taylor.
 

Webster is enjoying his first tilt at the Premier League.
 

“It’s every player’s ambition to be involved in the Premier League and I felt really good,” said Webster on the back of his opening night win.
 

“I thought I’d win if I am being honest, because James hasn’t been in great form, but the main objective was to get a point on the board, so to get both points was great for me.”
 

It proved to be a mixed weekend for Mark in a pair of Players’ Championship events in Derby.
 

In Saturday’s knockout competition, the 10th seed got through to the fourth round, where he was defeated 6-4 by Ronnie Baxter.
 

Webster’s route to the last-16 included victories over Ashley Holgate (6-2), John MaGowan (6-1) and Mark Dudbridge (6-3).
 

There was little cheer for Webster in Sunday’s Players’ Championship contest as he suffered a 6-3 first round reverse at the hands of Swedish number one Magnus Caris. Anderson also fell at the first hurdle with a 6-5 loss to Brendan Dolan.

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