MCCOY’S PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS

Wade winds up to blow champ Lewis off the oche

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 15 -

JAMES WADE be­lieves he’s on the brink of putting the fright­en­ers on his Mccoy’s Premier League ri­vals.

The 2009 win­ner suf­fered a nightmare start to the sea­son, los­ing his first three matches.

But back-to-back wins over Kevin Painter and Ray­mond van Barn­eveld have put him bang in con­tention.

If Wade de­feats Adrian Lewis in Glas­gow on Thurs­day, the reign­ing world cham­pion is likely to re­main slumped at the bot­tom of the eight­man ta­ble. Wade said: “My con­fi­dence is there as much as ever but I’m think­ing far too much about the game.

“It’s start­ing to feel good in patches but last week I won again so it’s all good and the tide is turn­ing.

“I did a good job on Ray­mond early on last week – I felt bril­liant for three or four legs – but then shut off. That’s how I’m play­ing at the mo­ment but I’ve got to keep my foot on the gas.”

Blew

Wade has en­joyed the bet­ter of Lewis in the ma­jor­ity of their ma­jor meet­ings, but al­lowed a 5-1 lead to slip in a con­tro­ver­sial World Cham­pi­onship semi-final on New Years Day.

The game was dis­rupted by a draught which blew across the stage at Alexan­dra Palace, as seven-time ma­jor win­ner Wade saw his hopes of win­ning the world cham­pi­onship blow away. “I look back

LEAGUE TA­BLE and laugh at the game now,” added Wade. “That won’t ever hap­pen to me again and I have learned from it.

“Adrian has won two World Cham­pi­onships – and de­servedly so – but I’ve won seven ma­jors.”

The cur­rent Premier League leader Phil Tay­lor is look­ing to con­tinue his un­beaten start to the sea­son when he plays Andy Hamil­ton in Scot­land, hav­ing also hit two nine-dart fin­ishes in Play­ers Cham­pi­onships last week­end.

Tar­tan idol Gary An­der­son plays Si­mon Whit­lock as he re­turns to his na­tive coun­try in front of a 6,000 sell-out crowd, while Barn­eveld plays Painter in the night’s other game.

SLUMP: Adrian Lewis

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