Focused Lew faces double test
ADRIAN LEWIS is gearing up for a “massive” weekend as he continues his Betway Premier League challenge and defends his Coral UK Open title.
The Stoke star will face Stephen Bunting in Exeter tomorrow night as he seeks his second win of the Premier League season.
Bunting has lost his last three games, while Lewis has had to settle for draws against Kim Huybrechts and Michael van Gerwen in the past fortnight. Lewis knows a defeat could see him sucked into the battle to avoid elimination on “Judgement Night”, and he’s determined to overturn the former Lakeside champion.
“It’s a tough tournament and I’ve probably cost myself points in the last two weeks, but I am looking forward to playing Stephen now because you can’t dwell on things in the Premier League,” said Lewis.
“Stephen’s trying to find his feet in the Premier League but it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you’ve got to keep going. It’s going to be a tough game.
“I’m happy with my form but I’ve lost a lot of rhythm. I’ve started to slow down a bit on my doubles, but that’s affected my scoring as well.”
After facing Bunting, Lewis travels to Minehead to prepare for his UK Open title defence, having won last year’s event with an 11-1 defeat of Terry Jenkins in the final.
The tournament features 147 players competing across eight stages from Friday to Sunday, with the mixture of top pros and amateur qualifiers.
Lewis added: ”It’s the FA Cup of Darts and I could draw Phil Taylor or Michael van Gerwen in the first round, or anybody.”