Adrian Lewis was criticised by Wayne Mardle and Eric Bristow for the manner of his performance in victory over Andy Smith. Although I can see where Mardle was coming from in his Sky Sports commentary, I cannot agree with the idea that he was in anyway intentionally disrespectful towards Pieman. It was, in my opinion, merely the nature of the match that led to Lewis looking lackadaisical at times; a slow early tempo with very little pressure put on Jackpot's throw, allowing him to cruise home, only upping the ante when required.
The fact that Lewis was able to up his game and take out big shots almost at will, should send out a harrowing message to the rest of the field. The two-time World Champion is on top of his game, and as mentioned in my Wednesday preview, has his eyes on the prize of not only the World Matchplay title, but also the number one ranking.
And he'll need to be close to his best to beat a resurgent and typically-dogged Terry Jenkins. The Bull has shown all the qualities that have kept him at the top of this sport for the past five years in wins over Kim Huybrechts and Raymond van Barneveld to reach this stage, but there's always a nagging feeling with Jenkins that another heart-breaking defeat is just around the corner.
We've seen already this week that you can never write Jenkins off at any stage in a match, but Lewis looks to be in the sort of form and mood that will thrive on this type of game. The Bull won't allow him to take his foot off the gas and for that reason I fancy Lewis to notch another fairly comfortable win in terms of the final scoreline.
Back Lewis -3.5 legs @ 1.90
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