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Adrian Lewis Hits the Jackpot, and Terry Jenkins Charges His way into World Champs Semi-Finals

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ADRIAN LEWIS and Terry Jenkins won places in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Saturday afternoon, defeated Vincent van der Voort and Wes Newton in thrillers at Alexandra Palace.

Lewis welcomed in the New Year with 13 180s in a superb 5-2 win over Dutchman van der Voort, who had overcome last year’s runner-up Simon Whitlock in the third round but was punished for missed doubles early in the contest.

Lewis edged the first two sets before van der Voort got on the board, but the Stoke youngster held his nerve to win three of the next four to secure his first-ever World Championship semi-final.

The 25-year-old will now take on either Phil Taylor or Mark Webster in the semis – having overcome his former practice partner and Stoke rival Taylor in reaching the World Grand Prix final in October.

“I felt really comfortable up there,” said Lewis, who led 2-0 and 4-1 during the game. “I did let things slip slightly but I got back on track and got the job done.

“Vincent has just beaten Simon Whitlock and his confidence was going to be high, but I just went up there to play the same game and I’m happy with that – but I’ve still got three or four gears in me yet.”

Ledbury’s Jenkins joins Lewis in appearing in his first World Championship semi-final, having shaded Wes Newton 5-4 in an epic contest.

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Newton led 2-1 before missing darts to take the next two sets as Jenkins wrestled his way into the lead.

Newton took the next two for a 4-3 lead, but the number seven seed hit a 170 finish in winning the final two sets to reach the semis.

“That was a good battle and it will set me up for the semi-final,” added Jenkins.

“He missed some doubles at crucial times and so did I, but that was because of the pressure we put on each other and the game reflected the way we’re both playing at present.”

The remaining two quarter-finals will be played on Saturday evening, with heavy-scoring Scot Gary Anderson facing five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld before reigning champion Phil Taylor plays in-form Mark Webster.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Quarter-Finals
Afternoon Session
Wes Newton 4-5 Terry Jenkins
Adrian Lewis 5-2 Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session (7.30pm)
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Mark Webster
Best of nine sets

TERRY JENKINS 5-4 WES NEWTON
(3-0, 0-3, 1-3, 3-2, 3-2, 0-3, 2-3, 3-1, 3-1)
TERRY JENKINS came from 4-3 down to defeat Wes Newton a nine-set thriller in the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

Newton was left to regret missed doubles in the heart of the game, as he saw a 2-1 lead turned around with wasted chances to take the next two sets.

He hit back to lead 4-3, but Jenkins hit a 170 finish in taking six of the next eight legs to reach his first ever World Championship semi-final, where he will face either Raymond van Barneveld or Gary Anderson on Sunday.

“I knew it was going to be a hard match against Wes,” said Jenkins. “He hit a 110 average against me a recent tournament in Germany, but I did manage to win that day too.

“When I was 4-3 down I needed a kick and that 170 finish in the eighth set gave me confidence and I pushed on from then.”

Newton wasted a chance for an early break of throw in the first leg as he missed two darts at double top and Jenkins managed to hold by hitting double 16.

The sixth seed, who defeated Mark Walsh in the third round, then won the second by landing double top but missed four darts in the next leg to win the set.

However, Newton was unable to land one of his three attempts at doubles and Jenkins made no mistake by hitting double two to grab an early advantage.

Newton got off the mark at the start of the second set in a leg which included the first maximum of the match, before taking the second with a clinical two-dart 86 finish.

The 15th seed, playing in his first World Championship quarter-final, continued the run by winning the third leg, hitting double 16 at the first time of asking to take the set and level the game.

The start of the third set followed a similar pattern as the Fleetwood man won the first leg against the darts by hitting double ten and then landed double 16 to win the second.

Jenkins managed to win his first leg in six with a superb 158 checkout but Newton won the fourth with an excellent 124 finish to seal the set.

Newton won the opening leg of the fourth set with a 77 finish before Jenkins levelled by hitting double nine, and the third leg fell the way of the Fleetwood ace as he led for the second time in the set by taking out 68.

Jenkins, still looking for his first major title, took the fourth leg by recording a 129 finish and then kicked off the deciding leg with a 180.

However, Newton’s scoring was the more consistent and he was first to a finish – only to miss nine opportunities to the win set, and after five missed attempts of his own Jenkins hit double five to end a dramatic decider.

Buoyed by taking a tight fourth set, Jenkins hit back-to-back maximums in the opening leg of the fifth.

That left the chance of a nine-dart finish, and although the seventh attempt at a treble 20 fell short of the target he won the leg in 11 darts to grab an early lead.

The next three legs were shared, sending the set into a deciding leg which proved to be a mirror of the image of the fourth set as both players missed opportunities to take the initiative.

Jenkins missed eight darts at doubles, but Newton missed six chances of his own before his opponent hit double ten with his final dart to edge another set and take a 3-2 lead.

Newton bounced back from those disappointments to win the sixth set without reply and to leave the game finely balanced.

He hit an 88 finish to win the first leg before breaking Jenkins’ throw in the next by hitting double top, and the third leg was taken by landing double 16.

Jenkins won the opening leg of the seventh set with a 110 checkout, before Newton managed to take out 70 in two darts to reply.

Jenkins hit his fifth 180 of the match with a 12-dart finish to take the third, but Newton replied to win the fourth with an excellent 95.

Jenkins had the advantage of throw in the deciding leg, and was first to a finish, only to miss three darts at doubles as Newton managed to keep his nerve to land double ten to lead for the first time since the third set.

The eighth set began with Jenkins breaking throw with a 70 finish before recording a fabulous 170 checkout to take the second leg.

Newton hit double ten to win the third leg and hit his second 180 in the fourth, but Jenkins took the set with a two-dart 67 finish to send the match into a deciding set.

Jenkins won the opening leg by hitting double top and then broke throw in the second, with the aid of his sixth maximum of the game, to the brink of victory.

The third leg saw Jenkins miss a dart at double top to take the match, and Newton managed to hit the same bed to keep his hopes alive.

However, Newton failed with four attempts at doubles to win the fourth leg and Jenkins stepped up to hit double top with his third dart to seal victory.

“That was a good battle and it will set me up for the semi-final,” added Jenkins.

“I kept battling and battling. The darts didn’t seem to be going as well as they did in practice but I hit some good scores and good finishes at the right time to keep the pressure on Wes.

“He missed some doubles at crucial times and so did I, but that was because of the pressure we put on each other and the game reflected the way we’re both playing at present.

“When Wes went 4-3 up, I felt if I could get one leg against the darts in the eighth set then I had the darts in the last set and knew my luck would change in the end.”

Newton admitted: “I’m devastated with that. I think I was the best player but if you don’t hit your doubles you don’t deserve to win the game.

“I was 2-1 up in sets and had darts to win the next two, and I was 3-2 down when I should have been 4-1 up, and then I missed darts in the last set to take it to a deciding leg.

“I was out-scoring Terry but missed too many doubles. It’s hard to take losing when you know you should have won, and you’ve only got yourself to blame.

“I’ve not been this far in a World Championship before and I felt good, and maybe on a different day I would have won it.

“The future’s bright and I know there’s more to come from me. I’ll take it on the chin, learn from it, and come back another day and try again.”

ADRIAN LEWIS 5-2 VINCENT VAN DER VOORT
(3-1, 3-1, 2-3, 3-0, 3-1, 2-3, 3-0)
ADRIAN LEWIS won through to his first Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship semi-final with a 5-2 triumph over Vincent van der Voort at Alexandra Palace.

Van der Voort could not produce the kind of display that saw him defeat last year’s runner-up Simon Whitlock in the third round, as 13 maximums from Lewis saw him secure the win.

He now face either Phil Taylor or Mark Webster in the semis on Sunday, as he bids to claim his maiden major title.

“I felt really comfortable up there,” said Lewis, who led 2-0 and 4-1 during the game. “I did let things slip slightly but I got back on track and got the job done.

“I thought I was only performing in about second gear and know that there is far more to come from me.”

Lewis broke throw in the opening leg of the match by hitting double five before van der Voort hit two 180s in the second leg – only to miss eight darts at a double as the 25-year-old stepped in on double five.

Van der Voort won the third by landing double top, but Lewis hit his third maximum in the fourth leg and took out double 18 to win the set and open up an early lead.

Both players produced an excellent standard at the start of the second set as van der Voort won the first leg with a 121 checkout, before Lewis took the second in 11 darts.

Lewis won the third by landing double one after van der Voort was guilty of missing six darts at doubles, and the Stoke star then won the set in the next leg by taking out 66.

Van der Voort, who overcame Simon Whitlock in the third round, hit two maximums in the opening leg of the third set and went to win it with an 11-dart finish.

The Dutchman then took the second leg by hitting double four after his opponent missed two darts at doubles, but Lewis won the third by completing an 85 finish on the bullseye.

Lewis then won the fourth leg with an impressive 13-darter, but van der Voort kept his nerve to win the deciding leg with an 80 finish to win the set.

Lewis made an impressive start to the fourth set by hitting double 20 to win the first leg and then took the second with a 108 checkout, before opening the third with back-to-back 180s to leave the possibility of a nine-dart finish.

Lewis’ attempt at a seventh successive treble 20 was off-target, but the leg was won with his second 11-darter of the match as he led 3-1.

Lewis hit his tenth maximum in the first leg of the fifth set, but van der Voort won the leg courtesy of a 71 finish.

Lewis levelled by landing double 16 and then won the third with an 87 finish, in a leg that included another maximum from the 25-year-old.

That secured a break of throw for Lewis and he then won the fourth leg by hitting double top at the first time of asking to move three sets clear.

Lewis held throw to win the first leg of the fifth set before van der Voort managed to take the second by hitting double ten with his third dart.

The next two legs were shared to see Lewis go one leg away from victory but van der Voort managed to produce a 14-darter at a vital time to win set and keep his hopes alive.

The opening leg of the seventh set saw Lewis secure a break of throw and he then won the second with a 14-dart finish, before sealing victory in the next on double eight.

“Vincent has just beaten Simon Whitlock and his confidence was going to be high, but I just went up there to play the same game and I’m happy with that – but I’ve still got three or four gears in me yet,” said Lewis.

“Vincent was probably lucky to get a couple of sets because I seemed to go to sleep at times because I wasn’t being pressed. When I had to pull it out I did, and it was strange.”

Lewis defeated Taylor on television for the first time in the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in October

“I’m more experienced and I got up there believing I can win,” added Lewis. “I believe in my ability now instead of questioning myself.

“I had a couple of legs against Vincent where I started to miss doubles and six to eight months ago I would have been thinking about it for a few legs.

“This time, I got straight on with it and started finishing again. It’s all experience.”

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