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Mark Webster sets up Phil 'The Power' Taylor showdown

Mark Webster
Welshman Mark Webster was the BDO world champion in 2008

Mark Webster survived a brave Co Stompe comeback in an epic PDC Championship quarter-final to set up a semi-final showdown with Phil 'The Power' Taylor.

The 2008 BDO world champion romped into a four set lead at the Alexandra Palace as he dropped just three legs.

But fans favourite Stompe fought back superbly to win three sets, losing just four legs, before Webster sealed his semi spot with a 3-0 final set win.

The Welshman faces 14-time world champ Taylor after he beat Adrian Lewis 5-0.

The 26-year-old from Denbigh powered into a four set lead - 3-0, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1 - and Stompe looked to be swept aside in a convincing clean sweep in London with a superb exhibition of consistent darts.

But the Ducthman, the 2000 BDO semi-finalist Stompe, showed great courage to fight back to win three successive legs as Webster seemed to have lost his bottle and momentum.


The left-hander, though, regained his composure to win the final set and move into Saturday's semi-final in his dream debut at the PDC darts showpiece as Webster bids to become just the fifth man to win both the BDO and PDC world titles.

"I'm proud of what I have achieved here this year," said Webster.

"I didn't do anything badly in those sets I lost but Co just upped his game as he had nothing to lose. He didn't lie down and made me nervous but I regained my calm to see the game out.

"I've exceeded what I thought I would do but I've played the best darts of my career."

Now 'Webby' Webster will play the world's best darts player on Saturday evening as Taylor awaits in the last four.

"Mark has been playing well all season," said Taylor. " He just hasn't had the breaks.

"He deserves to be in the semi-final as he has played well here and, remember, he is a past world champion."

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