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Mark Webster progressed into the second round of the Betfair World Matchplay with a hard fought victory over Colin Lloyd.

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The Welshman hit finishes of 116 and 110 to take crucial legs against the throw, as he completed a 10-6 win against the 2005 champion.

“It wasn’t pretty but I got the job done,” said Webster, who faces Andy Hamilton in the last 16.

“It was a battle but I held it together and I’m very pleased to get the win.

“That could be a big win for me and I’m looking forward another good battle in the next round.”

Mervyn King almost toppled defending champion Phil Taylor but eventually lost out 10-8 to ‘The Power’, who is chasing a 13th Matchplay triumph.

There was also disspointment for Dutchman Vincent van der Voort, who was defeated by an inspired performance from Ian White.

Tuesday evening sees the final four first round matches, with James Hubbard hoping to mark his 20th birthday with victory over Fleetwood’s Wes Newton

By Chris Murphy

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