Stoke star Adrian Lewis rolled back the years last night, as he reached his first televised quarter-final in over two years following a 10-9 over James Wade.
‘Jackpot’ came from 9-6 down and reeled off four straight legs to set up a quarter final clash with world number one Michael Van Gerwen in Wolverhampton on Friday.
The Stoke ace seemed as if he was resigned to another defeat with Wade taking out 161,74 and 88 to storm into an early lead but Lewis turned on the style against his old enemy ‘the machine’.
Lewis said: “That win is massive, I was 9-6 down expecting to go out and I didn’t score heavy enough and I kept letting him off, but I kept grinding away.
“My back was against the wall and I wasn’t going to go down like a little coward, I thought let’s test him and see what he has got.”
Lewis then produced a 12-dart leg to cut the gap to two and starting to fire in 180’s and 140’s to put pressure onto Wade before taking out 81 to move within one.
Lewis is no stranger to playing Wade with many historic battles over the years and this one was no different according to Lewis.
He said: “We came through and grew up together in the PDC and we always have good games.
“We have both got a lot of respect for each other and I have got one over him and down the line, he will get one over me that’s how it works.”
‘Jackpot’ has struggled for form over recent years and admitted that some self-doubt started to kick in.
Lewis said: “I have been fighting against myself rather than the actual players, but I know if I turn up I have got a big chance of beating anyone but when it’s not going your way you do start to doubt yourself.
“It doesn’t matter who I play in the next round because I will give it my all, my adrenaline is through the roof I have only been having four hours sleep each night since I have qualified.”
There was not so much luck for fellow Stokie Ian White as he fell to a 10-7 defeat against Michael Van Gerwen, failing to set up an all Potteries quarter-final.