Source: Free Press.
The next week-and-a-half could well be the biggest period of Mark Webster’s blossoming career. Mark- the Denbigh darts ace- is on his way to the famed Lakeside Country Club in an effort to achieve global domination.
He is seeded number one for this year’s Lakeside World Championships and on his form over the past 12 months, nobody can argue with Mark’s lofty rating.
“I’m looking forward to it now, but it’s going to be daunting being on first,” said Mark, who was whitewashed by Tony Eccles in the first round 12 months ago.
However, Mark is rated as only third favourite for what could be one of the most open championships in its 31-year history.
Almost across the board, Mark is rated as an 8/1 shot to become the 2008 world champion, with flying Scotsman Gary Anderson the overwhelming favourite.
Also fancied by the bookmakers is defending champion Martin Adams, but looking at the competition on form, it’s difficult to look beyond the pairing of Webster and Anderson.
This year Mark is hoping to be a different figure to the player who was knocked out in the first round 12 months ago: “Without a doubt- I’m much better prepared this year.
“I know what to expect this year. I had never played in front of so many people (last year).”
But there will be plenty of twists and turns during the eight-day championships, with a 32-strong field containing four former world champions.
Mark could meet ex-world champion Tony David in the quarter finals, while second favourite Martin “Wolfie” Adams is a likely last-four opponent…should everything go to form.
However, surprises are going to be sprung along the way- and Mark will be hoping he avoids a first round banana skin when he takes on England’s Ian Jones.
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