Jamie Lewis 5-0 Darren Webster

(3-1, 3-0, 3-1, 3-1, 3-2)

JAMIE LEWIS continued his dream run at the William Hill World Darts Championship as his dominant 5-0 win over Darren Webster saw him become the first preliminary round winner to ever reach the semi-finals.

The young Welshman only got a chance to make the event after Dimitri Van den Bergh became World Youth Champion to open up an extra space in the PDPA Qualifier, where Lewis won the third-place play-off, but he’s turned that chance into a truly special run.

Lewis has been hitting 180s for fun throughout the tournament and he again found the treble 20 with ease as he compiled 14 maximums to average 101 – ten points more than Webster.

The scoring power of Lewis, who also hit 16 scores of 140 or more, earned him a let-off for some missed doubles, while he did not need a checkout higher than 71 as Webster won just five legs.

The performance of Lewis would be welcomed by any of the sport’s top stars, as he secured a semi-final place against either Phil Taylor or Gary Anderson.

A 13-darter delivered the opening set for the loss of just one leg, and Lewis stuck another in at the start of a 3-0 whitewash in the second as Webster struggled to get a chance.

Lewis hit four 180s in the third set, where Webster could again get just one leg on the board, and it was a similar story in the fourth as Lewis moved to the brink of a famous victory.

Despite hitting two 180s in the fifth set’s opener, Lewis missed double 16 to allow Webster to take out 81 – the game’s highest checkout – only for the Welshman to respond with a 12-darter.

Nerves started to show as Webster won two legs in a set for the first time to force a decider, but a miss at tops to extend the match allowed Lewis back in to seal his first televised semi-final in the sport’s biggest event.

“I can’t believe it,” said Lewis, who will pocket at least £85,000 from the tournament. “I came into this hoping to have a good run but to make the semis is a dream come true.

“I still think there’s room for improvement, but I know if I get into the right flow I can play as good as anybody.

“I thought it was going to be really close, but luckily I took out the right shots at the right time.

“I’m looking forward to the semi-finals. I’ve got nothing to lose now I’m in the semi-finals so whoever I play, if I can just go up there and play my own game.”