Lewis roars to su­per win

Llanelli Star - - Sport -

JAMIE Lewis has reached the last 16 of the Pro­fes­sional Darts Cor­po­ra­tion Wil­liam Hill World Cham­pi­onship at Alexan­dra Palace in Lon­don.

Lewis, the world num­ber 29, rose mag­nif­i­cently to the oc­ca­sion to knock out 32-year-old fifth seed Daryl Gur­ney of Lon­don­derry 4-3 af­ter a tie-beak.

The 27-year-old, who was raised in Cardi­gan but now lives in Car­marthen, reached the semi-fi­nal last year. And he got off to a flyer against Gur­ney, drop­ping just two legs in tak­ing a 2-0 sets lead and miss­ing three darts at a dou­ble to win the third be­fore Gur­ney fought back.

The Ul­ster­man won eight of the next nine legs to put him­self within sight of the win­ning line in the de­cid­ing sev­enth set.

Just when it ap­peared the PDC Play­ers Cham­pi­onship Fi­nals win­ner would clinch his place in the fourth round, Lewis bounced back to take four con­sec­u­tive legs, three of which were won in 14 darts, for a mem­o­rable vic­tory.

He said: “When Daryl went 2-0 up in the sev­enth set I gave up, which is not like me.

“For­tu­nately I hit a 180 in frus­tra­tion and ev­ery­thing clicked from there.

“I would like to say a big thank you for the sup­port I have re­ceived from count­less peo­ple in Wales, es­pe­cially in Cardi­gan and Car­marthen.”

Lewis meets 38-year-old world num­ber 12 Dave Chis­nall of St He­lens in the fourth round af­ter the Christ­mas break.

But Pon­ty­berem’s Jonny Clay­ton bowed out in the se­cond round as he was beaten 3-1 by Dim­itri van den Bergh.

The 24-year-old Bel­gian won the open­ing set thanks to three con­sec­u­tive 13-darters, although the 15th seed came back in the se­cond to level by win­ning legs in 11, 12 and 18 darts.

Af­ter tak­ing the third set, van den Bergh, who hit eight max­i­mums, roared back from 2-0 down in the fourth to clinch vic­tory with a clin­i­cal 72 fin­ish.

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