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Nic Ladds 20th Dec 2009 - 19:06

Catch up with all Sunday's PDC World Championship action

MARK WEBSTER made a winning debut in the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Sunday afternoon, edging past Mark Walsh 3-2 at Alexandra Palace.

Wales' Webster, the 2008 Lakeside Champion, moved onto the PDC circuit in February and battled to qualify for a first PDC World Championship, where he took on the world number 13 Walsh.

Webster hit three ton-plus finishes in coming from a set down to lead 2-1, only for Walsh to take the fourth set and stay in the game.

The left-hander kicked off the deciding set with a 124 finish, and took two of the next three legs to book his second round spot and a date with Peter Manley after Christmas.

"There was a lot of pressure on me when I joined the PDC but hopefully this is the start of good things for me and I can kick on from here," said Webster. "I enjoyed it and can have a nice Christmas now.

"I know I can play good darts and that was a gritty performance which hopefully will hold me in good stead."

Another left-hander, Alan Tabern, prevailed in five sets in his clash with Canadian Ken MacNeil.

MacNeil defeated Guyana's Norman Madhoo 4-2 in the preliminary round and took the first set against Tabern.

The Englishman, ranked 12th in the PDC Order of Merit, won the next two sets and also led 2-0 in the fourth before MacNeill took three in a row to level the contest, only for Tabern to win the deciding set 3-1.

Bristol's Mark Dudbridge, the 2005 runner-up, set up a second round meeting with Tabern thanks to a straight sets win over German qualifier Andree Welge, while Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan knocked out number 31 seed Tony Eccles 3-1.

Dolan won six of the first seven legs to take a two-set lead, and held off Eccles' comeback to move through to the last 32, where he will face either five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld or Warren Parry.

That duo meet on Sunday evening, with 2004 finalist Kevin Painter also in action against Mensur Suljovic and Gary Anderson making his debut in the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship against Jamie Caven.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
First Round (Preliminary Round games denoted by (P))
Sunday December 20
Afternoon Session
Ken MacNeil 4-2 Norman Madhoo (P)
Tony Eccles 1-3 Brendan Dolan
Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Andree Welge
Mark Walsh 2-3 Mark Webster
Alan Tabern 3-2 Ken MacNeil

Evening Session
Kevin Painter v Mensur Suljovic
Phillip Hazel v Osmann Kijamet (P)
Jamie Caven v Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld v Warren Parry
Andy Hamilton v Hazel/Kijamet

KEN MacNEIL 4-2 NORMAN MADHOOCANADIAN Ken MacNeil booked a first round tie against Alan Tabern after defeating Norman Madhoo 4-2.

Both players held their throws in the opening two legs before MacNeil moved into the lead for a second time by hitting double one.

Madhoo, who appeared in the 2004 Ladbrokes.com World Championship at the Circus Tavern, recorded an 80 finish, landing double five with his last dart.

MacNeil, making his televised debut, took a 3-2 lead and secured the only break of throw in the next leg, to win the match with a classy 119 finish to seal victory.

BRENDAN DOLAN ended the hopes of the 31st seed Tony Eccles with an impressive 3-1 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship first round victory at Alexandra Palace.

The Northern Irishman, who was defeated by James Wade in the first round of last year's event, will now take on either Raymond van Barneveld or Warren Parry in the second round after Christmas following a fine performance.

Dolan made a fast start to the match, breaking throw in the first leg and then taking the second to lead 2-0.

Eccles managed to hold throw to win the third leg but Dolan hit double 16 to wrap up the first set.

Dolan took a 2-0 advantage in the second set, breaking his opponent's throw in the second leg after Eccles missed an opportunity at double top, while a 64 finish gave Dolan the second set and put him in command of the match.

Eccles began the third set with a 101 checkout before Dolan took the second by hitting double eight, but the Hartlepool ace hit a maximum in the process of taking a 2-1 lead, and landed another in the fourth leg, winning it on double 16 to begin hopes of a comeback.

Dolan, who has enjoyed some good performances on the PDC Pro Tour this year, hit his first maximum of the game at the start of the fourth set, winning the leg in 13 darts.

That was followed by an excellent 121 checkout on the bullseye to go a leg away from the match, and a 14-dart finish in the third confirmed victory for Dolan.

"It's definitely the best performance I have produced on TV," said Dolan. "I had the experience of playing here last year and that was a huge benefit for me today."

MARK DUDBRIDGE advanced to the last 32 of the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a straight-sets victory over Germany's Andree Welge.

The Bristolian won the first leg of the match with a 68 finish, before Welge, making his second appearance in the World Championship, took the second by landing double 16.

Dudbridge converted an 85 finish on the bullseye to go 2-1 ahead, and then won the set in the fourth leg, breaking throw by hitting double 20.

The 2005 finalist continued his good finishing at the start of the second set with a 117 checkout, but the German won the second and third legs to go 2-1 up.

In the fourth, Welge had two darts at double four to win the set, but his misses allowed Dudbridge in the level before he then won the deciding leg of the set against the darts to go 2-0 ahead and pull further clear.

The 21st seed hit a fantastic 146 checkout to kick-off the third set, and broke Welge's throw again to go one leg away from the match.

Welge hit a maximum in the third leg, but hit the wrong bed when trying to land double five, and Dudbridge hit a 70 finish to record victory.

MARK WEBSTER edged out Mark Walsh in a five-set thriller in the first round of the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

The former Lakeside Champion, who switched to the PDC in February, will now take on Peter Manley in an eye-catching second round encounter after making a winning debut at Alexandra Palace.

Walsh started the match confidently with a 14-dart finish which included the first maximum of the game.

Webster won the second leg, but Walsh regained the lead with an 83 finish on the bullseye and then secured the opening set with 13-dart finish.

In the second set, Webster converted a 101 checkout and then broke throw by hitting double ten for a 2-0 lead.

Webster then won the set in the third leg to level the match, before kicking off the third set with a fantastic 130 checkout.

The Welshman won his fifth leg in a row with a two-dart 100 finish before Walsh managed to stop the rot to win the third.

Webster missed numerous chances to win the set in the fourth leg allowing Walsh to keep the set alive.

The deciding leg saw doubles missed by both players, but it was Webster who landed a pressure double one with his last dart to take a 2-1 advantage.

At the start of the fourth set Walsh managed break throw after his opponent missed two darts at double ten.

Walsh then doubled his advantage by winning the second leg despite Webster registering a maximum.

Webster won the third after Walsh missed a dart for a 160 checkout to take the set, but the Watford man landed double top in the fourth to send the match the full distance.

The final set began in superb fashion, as Walsh hit back-to-back maximums only to see Webster hit a 180 of his own and follow that with a 124 checkout to take the opening leg.

Walsh won the second, but missed two clear chances at double top to take the third leg and Webster stepped in to hit the same double.

That put Webster one leg away from the match and hit double top once again to seal a great win.

"I've been poor by my own standards this year and some people have criticised me," said Webster.

"But I've found some form in recent weeks and felt confident coming out on stage today. Hopefully I can kick on now after this win."

ALAN TABERN survived a major scare before overcoming the challenge of Ken MacNeil in the first round of the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship with a 3-2 victory.

The Canadian defeated Guyana's Norman Madhoo earlier in the afternoon to win a first round spot and took the first set against Tabern, as well as having chances to take a 2-0 lead.

But those attempts went begging and Tabern managed to find a way through to win the match and book a place in the last 32 of the competition.

"Ken played fantastically but I hung in there and maybe I used my 'get out of jail free' card," said Tabern. "I was slow starting and I know I can improve but the important thing is that I'm through."

MacNeil won the opening leg but missed chances to double his lead and Tabern managed to level, only for the Canadian to win the third leg and land a 100 checkout in the fourth to take opening set in impressive fashion.

MacNeil established a 2-1 lead in the second set, breaking Tabern's throw in the third with a 78 finish.

MacNeil was in a position to wrap up the set in the next, but missed two darts at double top and Tabern made the Canadian pay by winning that leg and then the decider to level the match.

A 15-dart finish gave MacNeil the opening leg of the third set before Tabern won the second.

The next two legs were shared to take the set to a deciding, leg which should have been won by MacNeil, only for the Canadian to miss three darts at double nine and allow Tabern hit double ten to hit the front

The St Helens man led 2-0 in the fourth set, but MacNeil fought back to win the next two legs and then edged the decider on double eight to force a fifth set.

MacNeil hit a fabulous 124 checkout on the bullseye to take the early advantage in the final set.

Tabern won the second leg and then broke throw to go one leg away from the match by landing a pressure double six with his last dart.

And the 12th seed managed to hold throw in the fourth leg to close out the game with a 75 finish.


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