Beaton exits World Matchplay

Welsh left-hander Mark Webster reeled off six successive legs to send Steve Beaton crashing out of the Sky Bet Mobile World Matchplay at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Beaton had reached the second round after a stunning 10-3 demolition of two-times runner-up Terry Jenkins on Saturday, averaging 100.97 against the seventh seed.

The former world champion admitted he had “got on a roll” to beat Jenkins, but it was Webster who had the advantage of momentum in the second-round clash, producing a thrilling run which included four ton-plus finishes.

Beaton more than held his own over the first 14 legs of the second-round encounter, averaging over 100 for the most part.

However, killer finishes of 158 and 142 from Webster took the wind out of his sails and secured the tenth seed a quarter-final date with world champion Adrian Lewis.

“It’s great to be in the quarter-finals,” said Webster: “I improved on my first-round performance and I think the 158 knocked a bit of stuffing out of Steve.”

Despite his defeat, Beaton had the consolation of a cheque for £7,500.