THE BEST? LEW MUST BE JOK­ING

MCCOY’S PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 -

SI­MON WHIT­LOCK goes head-on with Adrian Lewis in the Mccoy’s Premier League on Thurs­day af­ter telling the world champ: “You’re not as good as Phil Tay­lor.”

The Aus­tralian was on the re­ceiv­ing end of a Premier League record av­er­age of 117.35 from “The Power” last week as the world No.1 stormed to an 8-4 triumph.

Whit­lock av­er­aged over 105 and feels he is in good shape ahead of his clash against Lewis at the Brighton Cen­tre in the fifth week of the tour­na­ment.

“I didn’t think I did much wrong. I played a re­ally good game but Phil played fan­tas­tic,” said Whit­lock.

De­served

“When I came off stage last Thurs­day I knew Phil had played in­cred­i­bly well and when you find out he hit a record av­er­age that proves it.

“I en­joyed it ac­tu­ally. I love play­ing against the best play­ers in the world and that’s why the Premier League this year is ab­so­lutely bril­liant, be­cause it’s the eight best play­ers in the world and all the games are tough.

“It’s no eas­ier when I play Adrian but although he’s de­served to win two world cham­pi­onships I still be­lieve Phil’s the best player in the world.

“Adrian can still throw a 105 av­er­age for fun, but if I can play like I did against Phil I’ll be happy and I should get a re­sult.”

The big match on the Sus­sex coast sees Tay­lor meet reign­ing cham­pion Gary An­der­son (right), who has won his last three games since los­ing in the first week.

Scot An­der­son will bun­dle Tay­lor from the league sum­mit if he wins. He said: “My form’s com­ing back well but it’s ob­vi­ously a dif­fer­ent prospect when you come up against Phil.

“I’ve played well for the last cou­ple of weeks but I know I’ve got to be bet­ter still when I play him.

“He’s set the stan­dard but I still be­lieve that I can hit a 120 av­er­age. I’ve done it in prac­tice and I want to take that on stage now.” THURS­DAY’S MATCHES: Kevin Painter v Andy Hamil­ton, Phil Tay­lor v Gary An­der­son, James Wade v Ray­mond van Barn­eveld, Si­mon Whit­lock v Adrian Lewis

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