“I’ll still be here on a walking stick” - Darren Webster out to prove age is just a number

World number 14 Webster celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Darren Webster believes he is yet to reach his darting potential despite recently turning 50 and has vowed to continue causing the sport’s top stars problems.

Webster, who became a half centurian in June, is defying the sands of time to produce the best darts of his career, having climbed to his highest ever ranking position of 14th.

The Norwich ace is set to make further inroads on the Order of Merit after mounting a charge to the Quarter-Finals of the BetVictor World Matchplay for the second successive year.

He followed up his First Round win over Steve Lennon with an 11-8 scalp of World Champion Rob Cross in the Last 16, setting up a Last Eight show-down with Austria's Mensur Suljovic on Friday.

And Webster has vowed to continue flourishing into his fifties; he told Live Darts: "I might be 50 but when I get on that stage, they know I'm on there.

"I've still got ten or 15 years, I'll be here on a walking stick!

"I'm not at my full potential yet, I'm just starting. 

"I feel 25 and I'll never give up until the day my arm's not working.

"I'll keep working on my game, I want to get better and better.

"Now I can see the top ten in my sights and I'm going to give it 200 per cent to try and get there."

Webster has lost four of his five previous meetings with Suljovic, though this will be their first encounter in front of the television cameras.

And Webster admits he is relishing a show-down with the world number six at the Winter Gardens.

"I like playing Mensur now, I didn't used to but I do now," he added.

"I like playing slow players, I've got great stats against the likes of Mensur and Justin Pipe because they make me not rush.

"He's a nice fella but when I get up there he's not nice to me, I'm there for one mission and one mission only and that's to do my job.

"I will be ready for it and he knows that."

Webster's only previous major Semi-Final appearance came at the 2016 Players Championship Finals in Minehead, and 'The Demolition Man' is confident he can break new ground in Blackpool.

He added: "I'm throwing the darts of my life in the practice board but I know I've still got 20 per cent to come.

"Hopefully in the future when I can get myself exactly right, Van Gerwen and all of them have got to worry about it because I just don't care.

"I take each game as it comes but if I win the next three I'll have to change my nickname to 'The Rocket' because I'll be over the moon on Monday.

"Every time I play darts it's a chance of a lifetime."



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