Anderson’s Withdrawal Opens the Door for Webster

Former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster is determined to make the most of a late call-up to this weekend’s European Championships.

Mark WebsterThe Denbigh-based left-hander, who is sponsored by Leyland Paints, had looked set to miss out on the sport’s latest televised major.

But the 11th hour withdrawal due to illness of Scotland’s Gary Anderson threw him a lifeline. Under Rule 3.8 of the PDC Order of Merit Rules, the next non-qualified player from the PDC Order of Merit comes into the event as a direct replacement, meaning that  Webster now takes Anderson’s place in the draw.

“I’m chuffed to bits to get the call-up,” said Webster, who turns 30 next month and won the BDO world crown in 2008.

“It has all happened very quickly and at the last minute – I will only have about 36 hours from finding out I was in the tournament to actually playing my first round game.

“It’s unfortunate for Gary to have to pull out so late but it’s a great opportunity for me and one I’ve got to take advantage of.

“There are a lot of big events coming up over the next few months so hopefully I can hit the ground running here.”

Webster will meet James Wade in the first round with the game scheduled for the final match on stage in Muelheimon Thursday night.

Webster’s fellow Leyland Paints ambassador Simon Whitlock is the defending champion for an event which will be broadcast live on ITV4 throughout the weekend, with full coverage available on LIVEPDC.tv.

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