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Lewis on target to defend title

Defending champion Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock joined James Wade and Andy Hamilton in the last four of the World Championships after victories at Alexandra Palace last night.

Lewis enjoyed a 5-3 win over Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins to book a meeting with Wade, while Whitlock delivered a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Gary Anderson and will now meet Hamilton for a place in the final.

Wade and Hamilton had earlier beaten John Part and Kim Huybrechts in the afternoon session.

Lewis had taken a 3-0 lead, only for Jenkins to level, and there was little to choose between either man at that stage.



ADVANTAGE

At 2-1 to Lewis in the seventh set, Jenkins had the chance to level with a double 20, but he was unable to make his darts count and his opponent took advantage to go 4-3 up.

A double top put Lewis 2-1 up in the eighth, and he hit bullseye and double 20 for victory to book a potentially thrilling semi with Wade despite being unsettled by the crowd.

He said: "I got the job done.

"I was missing doubles -- tonight I missed a fair few.

"Wade had a hard match against John Part but the thing is Wadey's never won it and I have. That's the difference."

Whitlock had not been among the favourites coming into the competition given he had suffered a broken ankle in October, but he came back from a set down to dominate.

'The Wizard' threw eight maximums and, although Anderson was more impressive than the score suggests, he missed chances and Whitlock took advantage to book a spot with Hamilton in the last four.

Whitlock said: "I've got belief in myself at the moment and I'm not letting my ankle problem be a handicap to me.

"Andy Hamilton will be a tough opponent in the semi-finals. He is playing some fantastic darts at the moment and he seems to thrive under pressure."

Earlier, third seed Wade moved into the semi-finals following an epic 5-4 victory over Part.

Wade was in control early on, taking nine of the first 11 legs of the match.

However, he missed a chance to go 4-1 up and Part hit back to take the next three sets to lead 4-3 before Wade levelled to force a sudden death shoot-out which he won. It propelled the 28-year-old into his first semi-final since 2008.



CONTROL

He said: "I had a great start to the match and felt like I had established control, but before I knew it John was 4-3 ahead and I was struggling. But I did recover from that setback and I'm delighted to be in with a chance of becoming world champion."

Hamilton reached the semi-finals fwith a 5-2 win over Kim Huybrechts.

Appearing in the first of the last-eight clashes, the Stoke thrower was impressive with 11 180s and a three-dart average over 102.

Hamilton took a two-set lead before Huybrechts hit back to win the third set without reply. The number 17 seed then pulled 4-1 ahead and, although his opponent took the sixth, Hamilton claimed victory with three maximums in the seventh.


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