Jamie Lewis returns to winning ways at the World Series Finals as Gurney claims whitewash win

Jamie Lewis celebrates (credit:Michael Braunschadel/PDC)

Jamie Lewis enjoyed a spectacular return to form in the opening round of the 2018 World Series Finals in Vienna as he averaged 109.8 in a 6-2 win over Dimitri van den Bergh, while Daryl Gurney whitewashed Steve Beaton.

Lewis has struggled to hit the heights after reaching the Semi-Finals of last year's World Championship but came to life on his return to the televised stage, hitting four 180s and converting six of his seven attempts at doubles.

The Welsh star won his last five legs in 15 darts or fewer and progresses to face World Champion Rob Cross in Saturday's Second Round.

"I'm over the moon with that," said Lewis. "I knew it was going to be a tough game against Dimitri and he played just as well.

"I lost my grandfather last week and it's been very hard but I knew I was going to come out here and do well for him and in my head I was thinking I don't want to let him down - I was determined to play well today."

Both players produced a 180 in the first leg, but it was World Youth Champion Van den Bergh who took it with an 84 finish.

Lewis levelled before Van den Bergh cleaned up 81 for an 11-darter in leg three, but only for the Welshman to reply with a maximum and an 86 checkout for two apiece.

Lewis then reeled off the next four consecutive legs with finishes of 85 and 107 en route to a superb victory, despite an average of 105.2 from the Belgian.

World number five Gurney stormed into the Last 16 courtesy of a 6-0 whitewash of Beaton.

The Northern Irishman averaged 102.5 and converted 60 per cent of his attempts at doubles, kicking off the match in style with a 119 checkout.

Raymond Smith was one of three Australians to win through on opening night as he dispatched former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown 6-3.

Smith, the DPA ranked number one, raced into a 3-0 lead with finishes of 94, 100 and 87 on the bullseye.

Brown got off the mark in leg four, but only for Smith to finish 80 and 70 en route to a 5-2 advantage.

Brown kept the match alive with tops in leg eight, but Smith eventually got the job done on double four to confirm a clash with Raymond van Barneveld on Saturday.

Kyle Anderson fired in three ton-plus checkouts and averaged 101.3 in an impressive 6-4 win over Ian White.

The 2017 Auckland Masters champion set his stall out in style with a 180 and a 144 checkout to clinch the first leg before following in with tops and double 16 to move 3-0 ahead.

The next three legs went the way of White as he finished 82 for a 12-darter to get back on level terms, but Anderson stopped the rot in style with a 110 checkout in leg seven.

White hit back to level again, but a further moment of brilliance from 'The Original' saw him register a 156 checkout to lead 5-4 before sealing the deal with a 110 checkout in the following leg.

"It's always hard playing against Ian because my second event on TV was against Ian at the Worlds," said Anderson.

"Tonight I just thought, play the way you can and you're going to have opportunities. 

"I'm enjoying it, I'm loving darts again, there was a spell where I hated it and it was this year, I'll be honest but I'm back in form and back happy again."

Damon Heta marked his World Series Finals debut with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over German qualifier Maik Langendorf to set up a show-down with reigning and three-time champion Michael van Gerwen.

There was to be no joy for Max Hopp after his eleventh-hour call-up as the European Championship semi-finalist went down 6-1 to a rampant Dave Chisnall.

Hopp had made the 600-mile journey to Vienna on the morning of the match after being called up as a replacement for Dawson Murschell - who withdrew through illness.

Hopp was punished for eight missed darts at doubles as Chisnall charged through, averaging just shy of 103 and producing a high checkout of 126.

Newly-crowned European Champion James Wade continued his winning streak by overcoming Ross Smith 6-3 in the final match of the night.

Wade punished ten missed darts at doubles from Smith, who was making his first televised appearance in four years, as he cruised into the Last 16 with three 180s to his name.

Gerwyn Price ensured there would be no upset at the hands of Hong Kong's Royden Lam as he ran out a comfortable 6-1 winner.

Price coasted into a 5-0 lead before Lam took out 72 to avert the whitewash, but the Welshman returned to clinch victory in the next leg and set up a meeting with top seed Peter Wright in Round Two.

World Series Finals 2018 Results


Friday November 2

First Round

Raymond Smith 6-3 Keegan Brown
Maik Langendorf 5-6 Damon Heta
Ian White 4-6 Kyle Anderson
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Max Hopp
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Royden Lam
Steve Beaton 0-6 Daryl Gurney
Ross Smith 3-6 James Wade


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Jamie Lewis returns to winning ways at the World Series Finals as Gurney claims whitewash win

Jamie Lewis enjoyed a spectacular return to form in the opening round of the 2018 World Series Finals in Vienna as he averaged 109.8 in a 6-2 win over Dimitri van den Bergh, while Daryl Gurney whitewashed Steve Beaton.

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