Fo­cused Lew faces dou­ble test

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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.”

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