Lewis turns on style
World champion clinches quarter-final place with electric win
Last Updated: July 31, 2011 3:50pm
Lewis reached the last eight with an electric win
Adrian Lewis turned on the style an electric 10-5 win over Dave Chisnall at the European Darts Championship in Dusseldorf on Saturday.
After going into the break with the match tied at five apiece, Lewis took the next five legs in a row before clinching the match with a 123 checkout to move into the last eight.
The World Champion fired in four 180s and took out 146 and 104 to book a quarter final showdown with Kim Huybrechts at the Maritim Hotel.
Huybrechts secured his place in Sunday's quarter-finals, winning a tense match with World number seven Wes Newton 10-8.
"It was a fantastic match, one that deserved a nine-darter," said Lewis. "I've never played Dave on TV and he's got a lot of bottle.
"I'm just happy to get through that. I don't know much about Kim but he's done well to get past Wes so I will have to be at the top of my game because he's bound to be on a high."
Newton fought back from two legs down against Huybrechts, including a brilliant 143 checkout in the eighth leg, to tie the match at five apiece before moving 7-6 up.
But the 25 year-old Belgian dug deep to draw level again, capitalising on a crucial mistake from Wes when he looked set to take out 100.
Huybrechts went in for the kill taking three on the trot and, although the in-form Fleetwood man. rallied to take the 17th leg, a 13-darter from Belgian saw him complete his biggest ever win.
"It was a really tough game, " said Huybrechts. "I started well but it started slip away so I had to keep telling myself to concentrate to get it back together.
"It was tight the last time I played Wes so I had a bit of confidence going into this, but that was an amazing experience and I can't wait to get out there again tomorrow.
"I will take on Adrian like I take on any game - play the board and just enjoy it."
World number three James Wade admitted he had been given a let-off by Ronnie Baxter in their second round clash.
The Blackpool man missed six darts that would have seen him move 4-0 ahead but Wade fought back and then won five legs on the trot from 5-3 down to move 8-5 ahead.
Baxter answered back to Wade's 11-dart leg to stave off the defeat, but the Aldershot ace closed the match out 10-7.
Wade will face Raymond van Barneveld on Sunday after the Dutchman treated the German crowd to a finishing masterclass in his 10-5 win over Mark Walsh.
Van Barneveld moved 6-3 ahead with a 100 per cent checkout percentage, including back-to-back 121 checkouts.
Walsh was playing well himself though, and at 7-3 behind he closed the gap to two legs but then missed the bull to trail 7-6.
Van Barneveld's 70 checkout was the key as he made it 8-5 and the Dutchman won the match in the grand manner, taking out 161 for a 10-5 triumph.
"Mark started really well so I had to play that well to get through," said Van Barneveld. "Those 121 checkouts were so crucial.
"Playing James is always 50-50, last week he beat me in the World Matchplay, but I'm feeling confident and relaxed."