Jamie Lewis 4-1 James Richardson
(2-3, 3-2, 3-0, 3-2, 3-1)
JAMIE LEWIS’ fairy-tale run at the William Hill World Darts Championship continued as he booked his place in the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win over James Richardson.
The young Welshman has played 11 matches now in the tournament, having come through the PDPA Qualifier before seeing off Kenny Neyens, Jonny Clayton and Peter Wright, and added another win on Thursday.
Lewis did not reach the stratospheric heights of that performance against Wright, but after a sticky start did produce some super darts as he finished with a 96.95 average with five 180s and a maximum 170 checkout.
The 26-year-old started slowly as Richardson won the first set on his own throw, and after the pair traded breaks in the second Lewis this time emerged with the win in the decider.
Lewis started to find some of the form that knocked Wright with a 170 finish in set three, alongside his first 180s and a 99 outshot which featured two double tops.
Although Lewis wasn’t sticking in 180s for fun as against Wright, his 140 scoring was continually leaving Richardson behind as he added 12 and ten-dart legs to clinch the fourth set.
Back-to-back checkouts of 66 put him ahead in the fifth set and a pair of 180s helped him to the finish line and a dream victory that put him into the last eight.
“I’m so chuffed to get through that game,” said Lewis, who plays Darren Webster for a place in the semi-finals. “It was a bit of a tough one because we both probably didn’t play as well as we could.
“I didn’t really play like I did yesterday but I’m so happy to just get through it.
“I felt a little bit more comfortable as the game went on. I just didn’t feel 100 percent but luckily I got there in the end and started playing the darts I know I can play near the end of the game.”