Adrian Lewis reaches back-to-back quarter finals as PDC Winter Series comes to an end.
Day five of the PDC Winter Series took place on Saturday. It was the final day of a five day series which is taking place in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from November 10-14. 128 players, seeded and non-seeded, will take part in the series every day until Saturday, with a knockout format, seeing one player crowned winner each day.
Day five is likely to produce some upsets, maybe again for world number one Michael Van Gerwen, who despite a speedy recovery to return to darts in day four, hasn’t look anywhere near the ‘Green Machine’ that we know and love, as he fell against ‘Jackpot’ Adrian Lewis in day four’s last 32, for the first time since 2017.
Adrian Lewis proved to be the star man out of the Stoke trio of players at the Winter Series for a second consecutive day, but couldn’t quite match his superb day four performance, bowing out in the quarter-finals.
Beating Ryan Searle in his opener and then gliding past Conan Whitehead in round two, Adey looked confident to duplicate and better his day four semi-final push on the final day. Peter Jacques was brushed aside by ‘Jackpot’ in the round of 32 and Lewis had no problem brushing past Callan Rydz, who knocked out Michael Van Gerwen, to get through to a second quarter-final in two days at the Winter Series.
However, it wasn’t to be for Lewis on the final day, as in his quarter-final encounter with the ‘Polish Eagle’ Krzysztof Ratajski , he couldn’t prevail against the sheer quality on display from the Pole, who went on to become runner-up, and lost 6-2.
Ian White started the day how he meant to go on. ‘Diamond’ produced a solid display to advance through the first round, a narrow 6-5 win over Gary Blades, gave him the perfect start.
White went into the last 64, looking to get one over on Lisa Ashton, and he just about managed it, pulling off another close 6-5 win to take him into the last 32 on day five. Dirk van Duijvenbode stood in White’s way and he was unable to progress past the big Dutchman, losing 6-3.
It wasn’t to be for Andy Hamilton, who despite taking out giant Gary Anderson and hitting the Winter Series’ first nine darter on day two, he lost out 6-4 against an in-form James Wade in the opening round on day five.
A week of contrasting emotions for the trio, each playing a part in taking out giants Gary Anderson and Michael Van Gerwen, whilst one hit the Winter Series’ first nine darter. Now to re-group and settle in preparation for the Grand Slam of Darts, which starts on Monday 16th November.