Dean Winstanley in PDC World Championship third round for first time

Dean Winstanley celebrates his victory in a nervy tie with Darren Webster
Dean Winstanley celebrates his victory in a nervy tie with Darren Webster

Dean Winstanley booked his place in the last 16 of the PDC World Darts Championship for the first time in his career after coming through a tie-breaker with Darren Webster.

Winstanley blew a comfortable 2-0 lead to go 3-2 down before winning the last two sets to advance.

And the Swinton-born thrower was left breathing a huge sigh of relief as he entered the third round.

“Darren did what he always does - he never gives in,” Winstanley said.

“I knew that even though I was two sets up it wasn’t over, I knew he’d come back at me and he did.

“He’s like a Yorkshire Terrier who just wouldn’t let go, and when it went to 2-2 in the final set I knew I had to give everything to try and win it, and that’s what I managed to do.

“I always seem to let players back in when I should be winning but I just did enough in the end, I’m through, and I can move on now.

“I’m in the last 16 for the first time so who says I can’t go all the way now.”

Winstanley – formerly based in Conisbrough – hit seven 180s, 24 140s and averaged 92, a point less than Webster, but had a much better checkout percentage as he landed 45 percent of his doubles.

Winstanley started the match with a 180 in the first two legs on his way to the first set, and he doubled that lead with a 113 the highlight of a 3-1 win in the second.

Two more 180s made it 2-0 to Winstanley in the third and he was cruising, but Webster then launched his comeback with three straight legs to pinch the set, before he pulled out a 14-darter in the deciding leg of the fourth set to level the match at 2-2.

Webster, the 2007 quarter-finalist at the Circus Tavern, raised his game just at the right time again in the fifth as he produced another 14-darter in a deciding leg to move ahead for the first time.

The pair swapped 80-plus finishes in the sixth before Winstanley took it to force a decider, which inevitably went to a tie-break.

Winstanley raised his own game when needed though, hitting a 101 finish, a 79 checkout to break and finished off the win in the next to claim the set 4-2 and victory.

Winstanley will play the winner of the clash between Max Hopp and Vincent van der Voort which is set to take place on Monday afternoon.