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Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Jul 27, 2012 at 07:40:32 AM
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...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Jul 25, 2012 at 08:27:13 AM
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...
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