Lewis stuns Gurney in seven-set sudden death thriller

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The seeds continue to fall at the World Darts Championship as Jamie Lewis edged out the no.5 seed Daryl Gurney in a seven-set thriller. Photography: Lawrence Lustig / PDC

Cardigan’s Jamie Lewis stunned the no.5 seed Daryl Gurney as the 2018 World Championship Semi-Finalist edged out the recent Players Championship finals winner in a thrilling 4-3 victory. This years William Hill World Darts Championship is most definitely the most wide open World Championship that we’ve ever seen. Nine of the top 16 seeded players have made their exit from the tournament. Gurney joins the likes of Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Mensur Suljovic, Simon Whitlock, Ian White, Darren Webster, Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton. 

Jamie Lewis started off the match almost perfectly as the Welshman took the opening two sets as Lewis produced a superb display especially in the second set as he refused to let Gurney attempt a single dart at a double. But, the third set almost proved to be so crucial for Lewis as he missed four darts for a 3-0 lead in sets as Gurney mopped up to get his first set on the board. 

But, despite missing those four darts to open up a three-set lead, Lewis responded admirably to take the fourth set in convincing style (3-1). With no room for error and an early exit for ‘Superchin’ looming, the two-time PDC major winner started what was a fantastic fightback. Gurney fired in a sensational 160 checkout en route to levelling up the match at 3-3. 

The Northern Irishman looked like he was going to cruise to victory in the seventh and deciding set as he opened up a 2-0 advantage, but much like Gurney did earlier in the piece, and with no room for error, Lewis survived a match dart from Gurney as he broke Superchin’s throw, and then held to force sudden death. Gurney really slipped up in sudden death as he missed a stack of darts to move in front as Lewis fired in a maximum and a timely D10 to break Gurney’s throw once again before taking out a clean 64 checkout to safely book his place in the last 16 and to send the no.5 seed out of the tournament.

 

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