PDC World Darts Championship: Van Gerwen, Webster and Newton all progress
Last Updated: 23/12/13 9:36am
Michael van Gerwen, Mark Webster and Wes Newton all progressed to the last 16 on Sunday
Michael van Gerwen, Mark Webster and Wes Newton all progressed to the last 16 of the PDC World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace on Sunday night.
Number two seed Van Gerwen made a solid enough start taking the first set 3-1 despite being broken once by McDine.
McDine, however, came out fighting in the second. After breaking back he held his throw twice to level the match at one set apiece.
Upon winning the set McDine mimicked his opponent's trademark double-fist pump celebration, a move which only served to enrage last year's runner up.
Dutchman Van Gerwen come out firing and proceeded to win the next six legs to take command of the match at 3-1 up.
McDine finally halted the slide to open the fifth set with a break but despite holding his throw Van Gerwen claimed the last three legs of the match to clinch a 4-1 triumph.
"Some moments in the match I played really well and a couple of moments I wasn't concentrating enough," Van Gerwen told Sky Sports. "I'm playing better and I'll need to play even better in the next game as I'm playing Gary Anderson.
"I did quite well. I'm happy with my performance. I can do better, but I'll save that for the next round."
Webster set up a last 16 clash against Raymond van Barneveld courtesy of a 4-3 win over John Henderson, although the Scot will be left wondering what if after missing three darts to win the match in the sixth set.
"I'm playing better and I'll need to play even better in the next game as I'm playing Gary Anderson."
Michael van Gerwen
Webster led in sets 1-0 and 2-1, but twice his rival fought back. Henderson, who knocked out Dave Chisnall in the first round, then proceeded to take the fourth and fifth sets.
The 40-year-old had the darts in the seventh to win the match again only for Webster to checkout 114 and stay in the competition. Webster then broke again before checking out 108 to eventually clinch the marathon match.
"I was dead and buried. I thought I was playing great. I thought he was there for the taking in the beginning, but he dug in really well," said Webster. "I'm really over the moon now. I'm pleased that I held myself together. I deserved that little bit of luck."
Newton was first on stage against John Part and the world No 8 wasted little time getting his nose in front, winning the opening set by three legs to none.
Canadian Part held his throw to open the second set, but failed to win another leg as Newton checked out 119 and 94 to race into a two-set lead.
Newton continued to apply the pressure and after taking the third set with ease he broke Part again in the last to clinch a 4-0 success, helped in part by a lofty 44 percent checkout ratio.
"I played alright, nothing special," said Newton, who now faces Robert Thornton in the last 16. "John's not played how he can. We all know being the three-times world champion he's awesome. I went up there and did a job. I got a win.
"I'm not a mug. I'm world No 8. I'm in it to win it. I might not be playing awesome darts, but I'm here to win and I'll keep improving. It's there for everyone to win. It's the biggest tournament in the world and I want it."