PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By STEVE LIL­LIS

ADRIAN LEWIS says that his chances of reach­ing the Mccoy’s Premier League play-offs are on the brink of col­lapse.

The world cham­pion was run­ner-up last year and came into this sea­son on a high af­ter his triumph in the World Cup along­side Phil Tay­lor.

Lewis en­joyed a fine start with a top-qual­ity dis­play in draw­ing with Tay­lor on the open­ing week of the sea­son.

Buried

But he drew his next two matches and has now lost his last three.

The Stoke ace sits bot­tom of the ta­ble on leg dif­fer­ence from Andy Hamil­ton, but is cru­cially three points be­hind the top four ap­proach­ing the half­way stage.

And he could be dead and buried in this year’s tour­na­ment if loses to Kevin Painter (right) in Dublin on Thurs­day.

He said: “The play-offs are a big doubt in my mind, ob­vi­ously.

“I’m not per­form­ing, I am very in­con­sis­tent, but I’ll get back on the prac­tice board and try to work my way to the con­sis­tency which took me to two world ti­tles.

“Every­one­goesthrough a slump and it’s one of those times for me at the mo­ment. But I’ll be back – I’m not twotime world cham­pion for noth­ing.”

Lewis lost 8-5 to Jameswade in Glas­gow last week, hit­ting five out of six darts at a dou­ble and four from as

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