I’ll break Darren Webster’s hex warns confident Dean Winstanley

Dean Winstanley celebrates his win over Wayne Jones
Dean Winstanley celebrates his win over Wayne Jones

Dean Winstanley has warned rival Darren Webster that the Alexandra Palace stage belongs to him.

Swinton-born Winstanley booked his place in the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 3-2 win over a game Wayne Jones.

And he will now face Webster on Sunday evening after the Norwich thrower saw off Australian seventh seed Simon Whitlock.

Winstanley has never beaten Webster in the past but insists that will change this weekend.

“I’ve never beaten Darren and he’s breaking my heart,” he said.

“He’s like a Yorkshire terrier.

“But we’ll see how it is when we get up on the big stage and play.

“This is my stage, not his.”

Vincent van der Voort and tenth seed Mervyn King are potential third round opponents for Winstanley, should he make it past Webster.

Formerly based in Conisbrough, Winstanley won a high quality contest against Jones on Sunday as he came from 2-1 down to win the last two sets.

He said: “It was a really tiring game, I just couldn’t shake Wayne off and every time I tried to do it he just came coming back at me and back at me.

“I thought we both played well, but I really wanted that, I’ve been in a sudden death game before and there’s no way I wanted to play in one again.”

Winstanley hit seven 180s and averaged 93.66 while also hitting three ton-plus finishes, but all that was only just enough to squeeze by Jones, who averaged even higher at 94 and had four 180s of his own.

Winstanley kicked off with a 136 finish in the first leg to go ahead, and hit a 180 in the third to take the set 3-0 and enjoy the perfect start.

A 116 finish started the second set brilliantly for Winstanley as well, and he followed that up with another 136 checkout in the fourth leg, but that was only good enough to level matters, while Jones withstood a 180 from his opponent in the decider to level the match.

Jones really hit his stride in the third set, as he came from a leg down to finish legs of 14, 11 and 15 darts in a fine set as he moved 2-1 up in the game.

Winstanley responded to win the fourth 3-1, finishing double seven and 74 to lead before posting double ten to send the contest into a deciding fifth set.

Winstanley hit 61 to start the final set, and though Jones levelled he took out 24 and 25 as he sealed his place in the second round against Webster, who beat Whitlock 3-1 last week.