Adrian Lewis fends off Raymond van Barneveld to earn PDC world title shot

Published: Saturday 2nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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Adrian Lewis saw off another fightback from Raymond van Barneveld to secure a 6-3 victory and book his place in the PDC World Championship final at Alexandra Palace.

Lewis, the former two-time champion, had raced into a 5-0 lead, only for the Dutchman to mount an unexpected recovery.

However, there was to be no repeat of Van Barneveld’s quarter-final comeback against Michael Smith as ‘Jackpot’ Lewis eventually regained composure following the interval at the end of the eighth set.

He awaited the winner of the clash between defending champion Gary Anderson and Jelle Klaasen, which followed.

Dutchman Van Barneveld, who won the last of his five world titles in 2007, was behind early on again as Lewis breezed through the opening set 3-0.

Lewis looked to be coasting in the second as he led 2-1 against the darts and with a chance to check out, only for Van Barneveld to respond with a huge 161.

However, the world number five held his nerve to set up a 100 finish in the next leg, which he delivered with two in double top to move 2-0 ahead in the best-of-11 contest.

Van Barneveld, who knocked out title favourite and compatriot Michael van Gerwen earlier in the tournament, had a shot to steal the opening led of the third set against the darts, but could not land a double 10.

Lewis, winner in both 2011 and 2012, turned the screw as he found the beds when needed to wrap up the third set 3-0.

Both men traded maximums in the opening leg of set four, which Van Barneveld secured with another superb 161 bullseye checkout.

Lewis hit back with a 12-dart leg, and then set up a possible nine-dart finish, which he failed to land, before Van Barneveld sank a double eight to edge back in front 2-1.

The Dutchman, however, missed the chance to take the set 3-2 on his throw, as Lewis kept the pressure on with more big scoring before bedding double top to lead 4-0.

With the belief clearly drained from Van Barneveld, set five lacked any real bite as Lewis continued through the gears.

Van Barneveld finally managed to get a score on the board as he held his darts to claim the sixth set with a checkout of 112.

Lewis dropped the first leg of the seventh set on his throw to give the crowd the faint hope of a possible comeback.

Van Barneveld rallied with a fourth 180 to lead 2-0, but an 11-dart leg from Lewis levelled things up as he then threw for the match.

It was, though, the Dutchman who delivered again in the decider, landing a huge 134 checkout to cut the deficit to 5-2.

Momentum was with Van Barneveld as he secured seven of nine legs with another 100 checkout to lead the eighth set 2-0.

Although Lewis fought back and forced a deciding leg, Van Barneveld held his darts to sink double top and close up 5-3 as the players headed for a break.

Lewis returned composed and found his range again, swiftly moving 2-0 ahead to again stand on the verge of the final.

The opportunity was not taken as he failed to land a 72 finish, but he did hit 83 in the next leg to seal victory.

Published: Saturday 2nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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