Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson last met in a World Darts Championship final five years ago, and now they’ll light up Alexandra Palace once more – this time with a position in the third round on the line.
On top of the hill in north London, two dashing warriors will collide early doors, with one huge name heading for the exit.
While ‘The Flying Scotsman’ remains in the sport’s upper echelons, Lewis has plummeted down the rankings at an alarming rate, and at No 35, his future will be called into doubt if he loses.
World Darts Championship – Thursday Evening Session
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In 2011, ‘Jackpot’ memorably hit a nine-darter against Anderson to win his first World title, and the Stoke-on-Trent thrower followed it up a year later to establish himself as the finest in the game.
Gary Anderson, 50, won the title in 2015 before losing to Lewis in a thrilling final the following year.
A decade after one of the greatest finals, two of the game’s finest warriors will clash once more. Will they be able to revive their previous glory on the big stage? Lewis is of the opinion that this is the case.
During his news appearance, the 36-year-old added, “I haven’t really thought about Gary.” “When the draw was made, I’m sure he was thinking the same thing I was. There were simpler draws available, but I’m here to win the event. To show up to lose a quarter-final after spending six to eight hours on the board? No.”
He continued, ” “It’s going to be a fantastic match. Gary is Gary. He’ll go up there and give it his all, just like I would, and whatever happens, will happen.”
Wayne Mardle was delighted with Lewis’ handling of the situation but concedes that he isn’t as consistent as he once was.
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