Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lewis Ends The Power's Unbeaten Run

Adrian Lewis beat the darts odds favourite, Phil Taylor, 8-5 in the latest round of Premier League fixtures in Bournemouth, to bring The Power’s unbeaten record in this year’s competition to an end.

The world champion, Lewis, was forced to come from behind before sealing the victory; after a lack-lustre opening, Taylor went into the interval 4-2 ahead.

Taylor’s average was only 94.45, while his check-out percentage was just 40 per cent. Lewis moved through the gears on the resumption to seal an impressive victory.

“I had to”, the 27-year-old admitted afterwards. “At 4-2 down against Phil Taylor, you have got no choice, because he is the best player in the world. You have to believe in your own ability.

"I'm not in the play-offs yet though. I've got to treat every game like a final now, starting with Gary Anderson in Liverpool, next week."

It was a fine display by Lewis, who drew with Taylor on the opening night of the season in Manchester, with a 160 checkout being the highlight of his victory.

The win lifted Lewis to fourth in the Premier League Darts table, above Raymond van Barneveld, after the Dutchman suffered a shock 8-5 defeat to Simon Whitlock.

Meanwhile, Kevin Painter moved off the foot of the table, after defeating Gary Anderson 8-4, his first victory in five weeks. Andy Hamilton drew 7-7 with James Wade, his second successive draw, to keep his hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.

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