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Ability and application are a lethal combination in any sport. The former has never been in doubt in regards to Adrian Lewis, but the latter is regularly brought in to question. When he turns it on Jackpot is unstoppable, as he has shown at the last two World Championships, but lacklustre performances at many of the season's other major tournaments have prevented the 27-year-old from stamping his authority as the world's best.

That could, however, all change this week as the World Matchplay title would also mean the world number one status for Lewis. The protégé could finally unseat the master.

With his 10-0 trouncing of UK Open champion Robert Thornton, Lewis laid down a marker to his competitors, one that nobody, Taylor included, has been able to pick up.

Next in line is world number 22 Andy Smith, who booked his place in the last 16 with a 10-6 win over Paul Nicholson. The Pieman did all that was required of him in the first round, but was rarely put under any serious pressure by the struggling Aussie-Geordie who averaged a measly 83.85, and it's hard to see him keeping tabs with the world champion this Wednesday evening.

An in-form and relaxed-but-focused Lewis is one of the most majestic sights in darts; as flamboyant as Messi, as lethal as Ronaldo. With the number one spot in his sights the application is matching the ability this week, and he's going to take some stopping.

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