DARTS ace Dean Winstanley advanced to the second round at the Lakeside following an inconsistent performance against Joey ten Berge.
The former Conisbrough resident triumphed 3-1 over the speedy Dutchman but the most eye-catching element of his performance was a remarkable piece of sportsmanship.
Winstanley informed the referee of a wrong call which reduced 17 points from his score in a leg he went on to lose.
He said: “I couldn’t have slept if I’d have gone on and won that leg.
“I’m a conscience player and if I’d let that go I would have been a cheat.”
Winstanley lapped up the adulation of a raucous Monday night crowd at the Lakeside after moving into the second round of the BDO World Championship.
He will meet Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris on Wednesday evening for a place in the quarter finals.
The 30-year-old surged in the early stages of the match, winning the first five legs without giving ten Berge sight of a double.
But finishing continued to be problematic for Winstanley, who missed a string of darts at doubles which denied him the chance to truly reach crusising speed.
However, he did manage to equal the highest checkout of the tournament so far with a 160 clearance to seal the first set.
When ten Berge reached a double, he took his chance and punished four missed darts from Winstanley before landing the match’s first maximum in levelling up the set.
Winstanley dealt with the pressure well however and sealed the set on double five which was emerging as a reliable back up for his favoured tops.
The Swinton-born thrower hit his first 180 in the first leg of the third set and went on to break ten Berge’s throw.
The Dutchman hit back but failed to take his chance in the third leg and allowed Winstanley out on double two.
Ten Berge hit back and survived Winstanley throwing for the match to pull a set back.
A brilliant leg from Winstanley opened the fourth set but ten Berge fired back with a 12 darter to level.
Winstanley missed his 13th dart at double ten before taking out double five again to move within a leg of victory.
Then came his fine moment of sportsmanship which drew a standing ovation from the crowd, while ten Berge took out 57 to level the set.
But Winstanley would not be stopped and cleared double 18 to advance to the second round.
He said: “I’d give myself seven out of ten for that performance.
“Finishing is still a problem for me, I’ve not been on good form recently.”
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