Adrian Lewis demonstrated just why he is the current World Champion in Bournemouth by taking the prized scalp of Phil Taylor, the tournament pace setter. Prior to the contest I was amazed to learn that you could get odds of 4 – 1 on a Lewis victory – crazy odds given that Adrian is well in front in their recent TV head to heads!
Consequently Adrian is one of the very few players who is not overawed when playing the great man. And he certainly showed it in Bournemouth and I think, after a poor start, he will make the knock-out stages.
This is in stark contrast to reigning champion, Gary Anderson, who now finds himself propping up the table after capitulating to a tenacious Kevin Painter.
In the other matches Simon Whitlock looked every inch a semi-final contender when beating a below par Barney and both James Wade and Andy Hamilton kept their prospects alive by battling to a draw in their contest.