WES Newton warmed up for darts’ World Championships, which start this week, with a run to the semi-finals of the Cash Converters Players Championship final.
Fleetwood’s PDC world No.7 was beten 10-7 by Mark Webster, who then lost the final at Doncaster Dome 13-9 to Kevin Painter. It was the first major win of Painter’s career.
Webster, who is ranked one place above Newton at No.6, denied the Fylde coast favourite a second major final of the year after he had secured a 9-5 victory over Mark Walsh in the quarter-finals by hitting back-to-back 170 checkouts.
The 34-year-old created a piece of history by taking the game’s final two legs with the maximum finish.
Newton said: “The 170s were special and it’s lovely to win a match like that.”
He had survived a real scare in round two, coming back from 4-0 down to defeat Peter Wright 8-6. Wright needed no more than 14 darts to win of those first four legs before Newton hit back with eight of the next ten.
Blackpool’s Ronnie Baxter fell at the first hurdle against an inspired Raymond Van Barneveld, who hit eight 180s en route to a 6-3 win. Newton had to bounce back from 2-0 down to win his opener by the same scoreline against Richie Burnett.