Adrian Lewis reaches semi-finals, knocking out world number one Michael Van Gerwen in the process.
Day four of the PDC Winter Series took place on Friday. It was the penultimate 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.
After shocks and upsets in these Pro Tours very much on the cards, Day one and two gave us a reminder that sometimes, the quality of some of the world’s best, prevails, as ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith bagged the winner’s crown on the first two days. Hitting back on day three, ‘The Iceman’ Gerwyn Price shrugged off his opponents as he bounced back to win his eighth title of the year.
Day four is set up for more unlikely names progressing towards the business end of the rounds but also presents a chance for many of the bigger names to get one back for their own personal pride, with many of them experiencing a sense of underperformance this week.
With the Stoke players probably falling into that category thus far, can Ian White, Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton improve on what they’ve produced so far at the Winter Series?
Adrian Lewis put on a round of startling performances on day four, something we were yet to see from ‘Jackpot’ at the Winter Series. His first round triumph against Australian, Simon Whitlock was good grounds to press on into his second round matchup against Mickey Mansell, to which he also knocked out, winning 6-5.
The round of 32 beckoned and if there was ever a better time to play Michael Van Gerwen, it was now. The world number one has just returned on day four of the Winter Series after suffering a back injury whilst playing for Netherlands at the World Cup of Darts.
Van Gerwen’s game is usually flooded with pin-point accuracy, wise set ups and mind blowing checkouts but Adrian Lewis took advantage of the injured Dutchman and recorded his first win over him since 2017, winning 6-4.
In his last 16 game, Lewis made sure his journey to the business end on day four was cleared, by brushing aside Ryan Searle, winning 6-3. The furthest one of the Stoke players had reached in the 2020 Winter Series this week, was the quarter-finals, Ian White on day three doing so.
Adey looked to go one better as he entered his quarter-final tie against Ryan Murray and he did just that. ‘Jackpot’ didn’t stop producing his classic displays and was able to glide past Ryan Murray, winning 6-3 to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in a Pro Tour event since February.
However the semi-finals was where ‘Jackpot’ bowed out to ‘The Special One’ Jose De Sousa. The Portuguese had a wonderful week at the Winter Series, sitting fourth on the PDC Order of Merit for the series so far. De Sousa produced a startling 132 finish to show his quality, with Bull-Bull-D16 to take the sixth leg. A very positive run for Lewis came to an end but his efforts on day four are something for ‘Jackpot’ to be proud of.
It wasn’t to be for Jackpot’s Stoke colleagues on day four, after both having a respectable Winter Series so far, more based on the shocks they’ve pulled off and Andy Hamilton’s perfect leg, the first of the series on day two.
However, day four won’t be remembered by the pair, who fell short of their standards yet again. White managed to reach the third round after wins over Matt Clark and Wayne Jones, he was then beaten by Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode, losing 6-3.
As for Hamilton, the Hammer bowed out on day four, in round one against Ryan Searle, losing 6-3 in the opening game of the day.