Modus Icons of Darts: Wonderful Webster ends title drought with 164 checkout
Mark Webster turned back the clock to top the table in Phase Two of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League for the first time on Thursday afternoon.
Webster’s nine years on the professional circuit ceased at the culmination of last season, and the former BDO world champion opted against attending Qualifying School in the hope of earning his PDC tour card back.
Instead he chose to spend a year away from the playing side of the sport and focus on his media commitments, only to receive an invitation for the broadcasted Icons of Darts Live League.
‘The Spider’ originally struggled upon gracing his practice board, spending the majority of his time involved at the foot of the table. However, Webster rolled back the years on Thursday, claiming five victories from a possible six.
There were signs developing of a Webster resurgence during Tuesday’s session as the Welshman recorded multiple averages of around the 100 mark.
Those performances would soon prove a distance memory in his opener two days later. Scott Mitchell dispatched him with relative ease, with Webster registering a meagre 72.08 average.
Nevertheless, the indications began to emerge once more. He brushed aside former world youth champion Arron Monk with four out of seven on the doubles, before thrashing David Evans with an impressive 96.75 average.
Mark Webster taking to the stage during his time on the professional scene (Photography: Chris Sargeant)
Following the conclusion of title rival Mitchell’s campaign, Webster could only afford to drop a pantry six legs if he was to run out victorious, achieving that with flying colours.
Jarred Cole, Ritchie Edhouse and Andy Jenkins were all trounced to the loss of a mere three legs, with Webster visibly ecstatic after sealing the deal with a 164 outshot against former World Championship semi-finalist Jenkins.
Elsewhere, Webster’s fellow former world champion Mitchell was narrowly denied the spoils on leg difference. The Dorset-based ace’s early whitewash defeat at the hands of Monk proved decisive in the eventual outcome.
Mitchell’s highlight of the afternoon arrived in his concluding match as he converted an exhibition 125 checkout whilst utilising two bullseyes.
Phase Two of the Modus Icons of Darts Live League resumes on Friday morning as double winner Martin Adams returns in hope of completing the hat-trick.
MODUS ICONS OF DARTS LIVE LEAGUE PHASE TWO
Week Four – Day Four
Thursday May 28
David Evans 4-2 Arron Monk
Scott Mitchell 4-2 Jarred Cole
Jarred Cole 2-4 David Evans
Arron Monk 4-0 Scott Mitchell
Scott Mitchell 4-0 David Evans
Jarred Cole 2-4 Arron Monk
David Evans 4-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Arron Monk 3-4 Andy Jenkins
Mark Webster 1-4 Scott Mitchell
Ritchie Edhouse 4-2 Jarred Cole
Andy Jenkins 0-4 David Evans
Arron Monk 2-4 Mark Webster
Scott Mitchell 4-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Jarred Cole 3-4 Andy Jenkins
David Evans 1-4 Mark Webster
Ritchie Edhouse 4-2 Arron Monk
Andy Jenkins 3-4 Scott Mitchell
Mark Webster 4-0 Jarred Cole
Ritchie Edhouse 4-1 Andy Jenkins
Mark Webster 4-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Andy Jenkins 1-4 Mark Webster
— MODUSDarts.tv (@ModusDarts180) May 28, 2020
Week Four – Day Five
Friday May 29
Boris Koltsov v Justin Smith
Mike Warburton v Keelan Kay
Keelan Kay v Boris Koltsov
Justin Smith v Mike Warburton
Mike Warburton v Boris Koltsov
Keelan Kay v Justin Smith
Boris Koltsov v Fallon Sherrock
Justin Smith v Paul Nicholson
Martin Adams v Mike Warburton
Fallon Sherrock v Keelan Kay
Paul Nicholson v Boris Koltsov
Justin Smith v Martin Adams
Mike Warburton v Fallon Sherrock
Keelan Kay v Paul Nicholson
Boris Koltsov v Martin Adams
Fallon Sherrock v Justin Smith
Paul Nicholson v Mike Warburton
Martin Adams v Keelan Kay
Fallon Sherrock v Paul Nicholson
Martin Adams v Fallon Sherrock
Paul Nicholson v Martin Adams
Best of seven legs
(Featured Image: Kais Bodenseick/PDC Europe)