• PDC World Championship

Wade survives scare at Alexandra Palace

ESPN staff
December 19, 2013
Wade described himself as the 'luckiest man in the world' after edging past Darren Webster © PA Photos

World No. 6 James Wade survived six match darts from Darren Webster to scrape into the second round of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Tied at two legs each in the fourth set and leading two sets to one, Webster left himself needing 40 to take the match, but astonishingly missed all six darts at first double-top, then double-10.

Wade went on to take the leg, and the set, before cruising through the fifth set tie-break.

"I'm the luckiest man in the world," said 30-year-old Wade. "I can't believe I won that game - I normally lose those. When people get the chance to see out those matches, they usually beat me.

"I don't feel guilty because this is what the game's all about, but I deserved to lose."

The opening match of the session also went to a fifth set tie-break, where Mark Webster emerged victorious in a nail-biter with Mensur Suljovic.

Suljovic, who defeated Wade and Michael van Gerwen before falling at the third round in 2011, flew out of the blocks, winning five of the first six legs.

But Webster managed to claw his way back into contention and nicked the second set in a deciding leg on double-seven, before the Austrian battled back to take the third.

Webster won the fourth set without reply to set up a tie-break and complete a 1-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-0, 4-2 victory.

"To be honest I thought was going out," admitted the two-time semi-finalist. "Mensur started brilliantly and I was struggling to keep with him and it was looking like I would lose 3-0."

"I gritted my teeth and battled hard and I'm over the moon to have come back from 2-1 down to win a tight game like that."

Elsewhere, Kevin Painter and Wes Newton made it through without any scares in their first round ties.

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