WILL 2016 be Mark Webster’s year at the Ally Pally?

The Denbigh ace is all geared up to go at the prestigious William Hill World Darts Championship at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London - and the festival of darts gets underway tomorrow (Thursday).

“I’ve been playing well at the back end of the year," said Webster.

“My game is holding up well.”

Asked if he felt he should have been ranked higher than 22nd for the tournament, Webster added: “Yes and no. The jump from where I was to 22nd has been pretty good.

“But if I had qualified for the World Matchplay in Blackpool it would have been higher.”

It will be something of a journey into the unknown for Mark to open the competition on Friday afternoon.

He will tackle the winner of the preliminary round clash between China’s Qiang Sun and Irishman Mick McGowan in the first round.

Webster wasn’t keen to look into the crystal ball to predict how far he could go at the Alexandra Palace and he added: “I don’t know.

“I will have to wait and see.

“I don’t want to set myself up for a poor performance."

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