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James Wade dodges early exit at Alexandra Palace

Updated: Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 22:55 | Comments

James Wade had to dig deep to beat Darren Webster
James Wade had to dig deep to beat Darren Webster

James Wade hung on to earn his place in the second round of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Wade was in all sorts of trouble against amateur Darren Webster, with the joiner having six darts to take a 3-1 win.

He failed to live up to his 'Demolition Man' nickname, though, and yielded under the pressure, allowing Wade to take the set and then a 3-2 success.

Such was the scrutiny Webster was under, he aimed at the wrong double and landed a double six when he was after a double 10.

"I'm the luckiest man in the world, I normally lose those ones. When anyone gets the chance to beat me, they usually do the job," Wade told Sky Sports 1.

"I feel a bit guilty, but I don't. I was thinking: 'You prat, you've had enough chances to win that match."

Earlier in the night Webster's namesake Mark enjoyed a 3-2 success over Mensur Suljovic.

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