• UK Open

Lewis thrashes Jenkins for maiden UK Open title

ESPN staff
March 9, 2014
Adrian Lewis won his fourth major title © PA Photos

Adrian Lewis put in a ruthless display to secure his maiden UK Open title after blowing away Terry Jenkins 11-1 in the final.

Jenkins slipped to his eighth defeat in a televised final, as Lewis claimed his fourth major title, posting an average of 109 on the way.

Lewis landed tops to break throw immediately, and then posted a 180 before hitting tops to double his lead. Jenkins replied on double tops to take what would be his only leg of the match.

The match turned into a procession from that point, with Lewis reeling off the next nine legs. Jenkins missed at tops for a 116 checkout at 8-1, but that was as close as he got to troubling Lewis again. Lewis sealed the win by taking out 87 for an 11-dart leg.

Jenkins had earlier seen off world champion Michael van Gerwen 10-8 to reach the final. He won the opening two legs before Van Gerwen got off the mark with double eight. However Jenkins stretched his lead to 5-1, taking out 56 on tops.

Van Gerwen fought back by winning four successive legs to level the match, before Jenkins finished 71 on tops to regain the lead. Jenkins then finished tops after Van Gerwen missed darts at double 18 and nine.

The world champion reduced the deficit to one leg by taking out 90 on double ten, but Jenkins then won back-to-back legs to move to the brink of victory. Van Gerwen kept his hopes alive by winning the next two legs, but missed the bull to finish 121 allowing Jenkins to take out tops for the victory.

Lewis enjoyed a comfortable 10-6 semi-final victory over Mervyn King. He raced into an early 3-0 lead before King took out 24 to break. But Lewis surged ahead again, taking out 64 on tops to go four legs clear at 5-1.

King fought back though, closing to within one leg after finishing a 13-darter before spurning a chance to level the match by missing a dart at tops for a 120 finish. Lewis capitalised by taking out 107 on tops, but then missed three darts at double 17 with King closing the gap to one leg again.

Lewis took the next three legs to go 9-5 up and close in on the final, but King kept himself in the match by landing tops after missing out on a nine-darter following two 180s.

Lewis hit a fifth 180 of his own though in the next leg and completed the win with a 13-darter.

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