• PDC World Championship

Van Gerwen and Lewis set for semi-final showdown

ESPN staff
December 29, 2013
Michael van Gerwen remains on course to win his first world title © PA Photos

Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis will meet in the semi-finals of the PDC World Championship after both came through their last eight encounters unscathed at the Alexandra Palace.

Van Gerwen beat Mark Webster 5-3, with two-time world champion Lewis getting the better of James Wade 5-1.

Van Gerwen, runner-up to Phil Taylor at the event at the start of the year, fought from 3-1 down to edge out Gary Anderson in the last 16 on Saturday, and after being 4-1 up against Webster dropped in performance, but still completed the job against the player who sent five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld crashing out of the event.

Van Gerwen clinched the opening set in four-and-a-half minutes, checking out 121, 124 and 139 to blow Webster away. And the Dutchman continued to put his foot on the gas in the second as he raced to the first two legs.

Webster though collected his first leg by splitting 38 to seal it on double 10, but Van Gerwen very quickly wrapped up the set to double his advantage with a 68.

Van Gerwen threw six perfect darts in the third set, but after he was pegged back to 2-2 by Webster, Van Gerwen landed a 128 to storm into a 3-0 lead.

Webster, BDO world champion in 2008 and twice a semi-finalist on the Ally Pally stage, clinched the fourth set with a 102, but Van Gerwen produced the goods once more, and another ton-plus finish, this time a 144, restored his three-set lead at 4-1.

Van Gerwen's level then dropped, as Webster closed to within one set at 4-3 to get himself back into the contest by taking four legs on the spin.

However, the interval came at the right time for Van Gerwen, as he was able to regroup to win the eighth set to see off the Welshman.

"At the end I didn't play well at all. I was too confident, and after I lost focus and concentration," Van Gerwen said, who was disappointed with his dip in performance towards the end.

"I didn't play well after that. I'm not happy with it at all. The last couple of sets I played absolutely rubbish, but it's something to practice on tomorrow, but I'm not happy with my game at the moment."

In the night's other quarter-final, Lewis beat Wade 5-1. The pair last met at the Ally Pally in the semi-finals of the 2012 World Championship, where Lewis came from 5-1 down to win 6-5, with the match being interrupted by around 25 minutes by a breeze blowing onto the stage from an air vent, with Wade choosing to agree to go off the oche as Lewis as uncomfortable with the situation.

Lewis took the first set with a two-dart finish on 100, and then a 64 at 2-2 in the second set gave him a comfortable lead.

Wade came close to winning the third set, but it was Lewis who clinched it on double eight to move 3-0 in front.

Wade stormed to the fourth set without dropping a leg, but Lewis came back in the following set to open up a 4-1 deficit, and then finished off his opponent with double 10.

Adrian Lewis comfortably defeated James Wade © PA Photos

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