MARK WEBSTER 13-7 STEVE BEATON
MARK WEBSTER reeled off six successive legs against Steve Beaton to book his quarter-final place at the Sky Bet Mobile World Matchplay with a 13-7 triumph.
The Welshman followed up his first round defeat of John Part by knocking out another former World Champion, as he broke a seven-all deadlock with a thrilling run, which included killer finishes of 158 and 142.
Webster will now play World Champion Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals on Friday, as he bids to follow up his recent run to the semis in the Speedy Hire UK Open with another last four appearance.
Beaton played his part in an entertaining contest, holding his own throughout the opening 14 legs and averaging at over 100 for much of that time.
He took the opening leg against the throw on double seven, a finish which was set up with a 168 score as he started with a flourish, although Webster replied with a two-dart 90 finish to level and double ten to move 2-1 up.
Beaton superbly finished 140 on double 16 to win the fourth leg, but missed tops to steal the fifth as Webster edged back in front, and the next three legs also went with throw to leave the scores locked at four-all.
Beaton then edged back in front by taking the ninth with a brilliant 133 checkout, although three missed doubles gave Webster the chance to break back, which the left-hander took with a 105 finish.
He edged back in front in the 11th to lead 6-5, and after Beaton won the 12th the Welshman added a 104 finish to keep himself on top.
Beaton hit 80 to win the 14th leg as the scores were tied at seven-all, but Webster took the next with a 61 finish before applying a killer blow with a superb 158 checkout to break, with his opponent waiting on a finish.
Double top gave him a 10-7 advantage, and he then punished a missed bullseye from Beaton for a 130 finish with an even bigger checkout as he powered home double 11 for a 142 checkout.
An 87 finish then won him a fifth straight leg, and he landed a second 180 of the game before taking out 86 to ensure his place in the last eight.
"It^s great to be in the quarter-finals," said Webster. "At the last break I was 8-7 up and I knew I needed to pull ahead and look to control my throw.
"I improved on my first round performance and I think the 158 knocked a bit of stuffing out of Steve.
"I still don^t think that I^m playing as well as I can but I^m in the quarter-finals now and I^m not scared of anybody."