Darren Webster crashes out of world championship
PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 18 December 2018
Norwich's Darren Webster is out of the World Darts Championship - at the first hurdle.
Webster suffered a straight sets defeat at the hands Vincent Van der Voort at Alexandra Palace.
Van der Voort, who had beaten Lourence Ilagan on Monday, dumped out the number 13 seed, who managed to win only one leg, in the first set of the Tuesday afternoon clash.
A 140 helped the big Dutchman on his way to set two, before back-to-back 15-darters in the last two legs of the match saw him book his place in the third round.
“I didn’t play well but I played at little bit better than Darren,” said the Dutchman, who celebrated his birthday with the victory.
“All that mattered was getting through this match. It was difficult playing a day after winning the first match the day before so I’m not really concerned about the performance, only the result.
“I will have to play better in the next round but the main thing is that I will be there.”
Japanese star Seigo Asada came from two sets behind to defeat Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in round one.
Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez tasted victory at Ally Pally for the first time in four attempts by defeating Ricky Evans.
The former PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship finalist claimed a 3-1 victory to move into round two, where he will face Spanish number one Cristo Reyes.
Former World Grand Prix and UK Open champion Robert Thornton was knocked out in the first round by Swedish debutant Daniel Larsson, who won 3-1 to set up a last 64 meeting with Kim Huybrechts.
There are still two other Norfolk hopes remaining in the competition – and both are in action on Thursday.
Steve Beaton, who lives at North Walsham, faces Chris Dobey – and if he wins he takes on Webster’s conqueror, Van der Voort – while Mervyn King, who lives at Bradwell, comes up against Jan Dekker.
The championships has already lost two of its biggest stars after world number three Peter Wright, who lives near Harleston, suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat to Toni Alcinas. The following day five-time world champion Raymond Van Barneveld crashed out after a 3-2 loss to Darius Labanauskas.