Monday, 3 January 2011

World Championship 2011 - Semi Finals

Oh well, you can't win 'em all :o)

I did think Webby would beat Adrian Lewis, but Lewis proved me wrong with a sterling performance against the Welshman, making this the second time on the spin that the poor lad has exited the World Championship at the semi-final stage.

It was a gruelling match, with Webster two sets down at one stage and fighting his way back to parity, before finally succumbing after losing the last two closely-fought sets. Webster had three darts at a double in the penultimate leg if the match, but missed them all to allow Lewis to steal; in the final leg Lewis needed no such charity, slamming in a 180 to set up a 12 dart leg. It was without doubt a well deserved victory.

Meanwhile, in the other Semi-Final, Gary Anderson continued his run of superb form, demolishing Terry Jenkins by 6 sets to 2. Apart from a brief moment during the seventh set when he missed seven darts at doubles, the Flying Scotsman showed no signs of running out of steam as he punished the doubles with an accuracy and consistency which has at crucial moments in some previous tournaments eluded him.

So, Anderson and Lewis will contest the 2011 World Championship this evening, and it should be a scintillating spectacle. My money would still be on Anderson to win, if you held me down, placed a gun at my head and told me to choose, but I made the mistake of underestimating Adrian Lewis yesterday and he is a superbly talented player, so I'm not going to stick my neck out too far this time :o)

Until this evening... :o)

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