Lewis stays upbeat after suffering early loss
DESPITE bowing out of the PDC World Championship early on, Cardigan darter Jamie Lewis is determined to gain qualification for the championship again next December.
The 21-year-old was within a whisker of coming out on top in a thrilling preliminary-round match against the vastly experienced 34-year-old Lourence Llagen of the Philippines at Alexandra Palace in London.
Lewis started strongly and built up a 3-1 lead, but his opponent won three legs on the bounce to go through 4-3.
In the first leg the Welshman went out on 118 before Llagen hit back with a 96 finish to level the match.
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After breaking Llagen's throw for a second time with a double 20 finish, Lewis moved within a leg of a famous victory.
But the Filipino hit bullseye in completing a 121 checkout in the fifth leg and hit double 10 with a pressure third dart to force a deciding leg, which he won on double two.
There were many in the audience of several thousand and millions of TV viewers who felt that if the young Welshman could have held on, he would have had a great chance of beating his next opponent Colin Osborne of Derby, who defeated Llagen.
Afterwards Lewis said: "It was rather disappointing because I knew I had the darts to win.
"I've got to take positives from my first appearance in the World Championship and I'll be going all out to get into next year's event."