DARREN WEBSTER continued his dominance over Simon Whitlock as he knocked the Australian out of the World Darts Championship for the third time in four years.
Webster beat Whitlock 4-0 last year and although Whitlock this time managed to get a set on the board, it was still a comprehensive victory for the Demolition Man.
The bare stats don't quite tell the story of the match as Whitlock had a two-point higher average, hit two more 180s and had a higher checkout percentage than Webster, but in truth was always playing catch-up.
Webster dominated the scoring by hitting 16 scores of 140+ compared to Whitlock's four, and that gave the Englishman a healthy advantage in most legs leading to him having 38 throws at double while Whitlock had just 17.
On the occasions Whitlock got chances, he spurned them - such as in the second set after Webster took the opener on throw, Whitlock was broken in the third leg then missed two doubles to go 2-0 down.
Whitlock missed crucial doubles to start and end the third set as Webster powered 3-0 in front, but with his eye on the finish line Whitlock took the fourth set 3-0.
It was just delayed the inevitable though as Webster, with the throw, coasted to the fifth set to book his place in the last 16 after yet again claiming the scalp of Whitlock.
"I'm really pleased with myself it was the rematch and obviously he was after me," said Webster, who plays either Kevin Munch or Toni Alcinas in the last 16.
"I've played 12 legs (sets) against the man and he's only won two and yet they keep making him the favourite - I love it!
"I think Simon was under more pressure than me as last two times I've played him I've won. I enjoyed it up there but there are still a lot of things for me to learn but I'm working on it.
"I think if I can win three more matches then I'll be the No.1 English dart player so that's two down, three to go!
"I'm here to win this, I'm not here to make numbers up, where as before I used to say I'm here to give them a game now I'm here to win it all."