It's quarter-finals day at the World Darts and Wayne Mardle is one excited man! Get his thoughts and bets for two of today's best match-ups here...
"Michael wants to outdo Raymond's achievements on the oche, he wants to be the best ever, the most successful darting Dutchman. And Raymond is out to stop him."
I offered up a few nights ago that Jamie had come of age - the teenage prodigy is now delivering and playing the darts of his life.
In the preliminary game he was nervous as a kitten, but found a way of beating Kenny Neyens 2-1, then against Johnny Clayton, he kicked in and produced his finest ever display on the world stage, averaging just shy of 100. In the next match he eclipsed that performance by beating Peter Wright 4-1 with a 107 average, and then last evening he beat James Richardson after losing the first set, a mature performance from a man who's never been so deep in this event. Lewis has produced his highest three winning averages of his life on the big stage in his last three matches.
I firmly believe Jamie Lewis has now become a better player, it's taken well over ten years to get here but he's finally arrived. The ability, confidence, action, rhythm and timing have all come together. MVG had a similar moment back in 2012 against Simon Whitlock, the kid was gone forever.
Darren Webster is in a quarter-final of a world championship eleven years after his last appearance at this stage. Webster 'The Tungsten Terrier' is a real handful. If Jamie Lewis doesn't quell Darren's enthusiasm in the early stages this game may go a long way.
Forget stats right now, because Lewis's swamp Darren's in every category, and jsut ask yourself who you think is the better player of the two? I think Lewis has way more gears to work his way through and he's a confident selection.
Jamie Lewis to beat Darren Webster @ 4/5
What a match this WILL be! I'm so excited!!!
This will not be a rout!!! These two have history, but not in a confrontational way...in a darting way. Michael wants to outdo Raymond's achievements on the oche, he wants to be the best ever, the most successful darting Dutchman.
And Raymond is out to stop him.
Over the past few years these juggernauts have given us some of the finest matches ever witnessed on the world stage. Their semi-final last year was utterly improbable...15 of the 32 legs played were won in 12 darts or less. That's just laughable...in a really good way!
Expect 180s, high finishes, and now the format is best of nine sets, expect at least seven sets.
Both are playing to over a hundred average, so sets won't be easy to win, a lot will go 3-1, 3-2. Both are hitting 180s for fun, MVG has hit 20 in 53 legs, Raymond has nailed 15 in 49 legs.
If this match goes 5-3 either way, and there's four legs in each set, we should see about 22 maximums. These aren't robots, I know that, but they ain't far short. Haha! Can you tell I'm excited?!
I think overs on everything works here - over the 180s, over the legs - and there will be numerous three figure outs, Michael hit a 170 finish against Gerwyn Price in the last round, he'll get a few more pokes at it.
This'll be one helluva contest. Enjoy it!
Over 27.5 legs @ 5/6
Over 18.5 180s @ evens