I’M READY TO TAKE POWER Lewis tells pal Tay­lor his reign as No.1 is over

PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS

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ADRIAN LEWIS has warned pal Phil Tay­lor that he’s ready to top­ple him as world No.1 this year.

The Stoke pair head the PDC Or­der of Merit, which is based on prize money over two years.

But de­spite back-to­back world ti­tles, Lewis trails “The Power” by more than £100,000.

Lewis is liv­ing out of a suit­case in his quest – and suc­cess at this sum­mer’s UK Open and World Match­play could see him smash his way to the sum­mit.

“I have dreamed of these days right now,” said Lewis.

“It shows that my ded­i­ca­tion is pay­ing off and my am­bi­tion now is to be num­ber one in the world rank­ings by the end of 2012.”

Since his Ally Pally glory last month, Lewis has been on the road non-stop and spent just a hand­ful of nights at home.

Now in his eighth pro­fes­sional sea­son, 27-year-old Lewis was per­suaded to take up darts by his mum Yvonne af­ter hav­ing foot­ball tri­als with Crewe Alexan­dra.

He added: “It is con­stant and I am ab­so­lutely knack­ered, but I am not moan­ing be­cause it means I am do­ing well and get­ting paid.

“I seem to go away ev­ery Wed­nes­day for the Premier League, then have a week­end tour­na­ment and get back home on a Mon­day.

“The first four months this year are like that and then it’s tour­na­ments ev­ery week­end. “I also have to find time for ex­hi­bi­tions in the week.

“If it is like that for years I’ll be happy, be­cause it means I am do­ing well and get­ting the re­wards.”

Lewis faces Ray­mond van Barn­eveld on week two of the Mccoy’s Premier League in Aberdeen on Thurs­day.

The Dutch­man drew with Aussie Si­mon Whit­lock in the open­ing fix­tures, but sug­gested he is re­turn­ing to form by av­er­ag­ing 102.58.

Lewis also fin­ished 7-7 in a mem­o­rable game against Tay­lor, who fought back from 6-1 down.

“Bar­ney” al­most quit in De­cem­ber af­ter his World Cham­pi­onships hu­mil­i­a­tion by James Richard­son.

But Lewis in­sists: “Bar­ney is go­ing to come back to his best.

“He is play­ing a lot more tour­na­ments and in the next six months he will re­ally sharpen up.”

WORLD’S BEST: Tay­lor and Lewis af­ter their 7-7 Premier League draw

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