Carmarthen Journal - - Sport -

DARTS star James Lewis pro­duced two su­perb per­for­mances at the PDC World Series fi­nals in Vi­enna be­fore los­ing at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage.

Lewis, who cel­e­brates his 27th birth­day this week, is still wait­ing to win a tour­na­ment af­ter join­ing the PDC in 2012.

But this year he has reached the World Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal, where he be­came the last player to lose against the leg­endary Phil Tay­lor, who has re­tired.

Lewis, who hails from Cardi­gan but now plays out of Car­marthen, stole the show on the open­ing day of the World Series as he de­feated Dim­itri Van den Bergh of Bel­gium 6-2 and had an as­ton­ish­ing av­er­age of 109.8.

As he roared to vic­tory, he raised his hands in mem­ory of his grand­fa­ther John Evans of Cardi­gan, who died the pre­vi­ous week. Af­ter­wards he said: “It’s been a re­ally hard week but I knew I was go­ing to come out here to do well for him.

“In my head I was think­ing ‘I don’t want to let him down’, and thank­fully per­formed well for him tonight, so I’m chuffed with that.”

In the sec­ond round the West Wales ace threw su­perb darts in the fi­nal two legs to spring a 6-5 win over 28-year-old reign­ing world cham­pion Rob Cross of Hast­ings.

But he could not re­peat his pre­vi­ous suc­cesses against 35-year-old Eu­ro­pean cham­pion and world num­ber six James Wade of Alder­shot, who came out on top 10-5.

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