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Article: Jamie in world final

Jamie in world final

By John Adey Teenage darts star Jamie Lewis did Cardigan and Wales proud at the weekend when reaching the final of the Winmau Youth World Masters at The Spa, Bridlington.

The 17-year-old Cardigan Secondary School pupil got off to a flyer with a 4-0 win over Ben Millard of England.

The other three Welsh players who qualified for the last 64, Paul Thomas, Marc Evans and Ross Robson all bowed out early on.

Welsh youth team captain Jamie overcame the challenge of British Teenage Champion Leon Bailey 4-1 in the second round and swept aside Ben Scott of Scotland by an identical score to reach the quarter-final.

He went head-to-head with one of the favourites for the title Jeffrey Stigter of Holland in the last eight when he threw superb darts to win 4-2 before edging past talented Finish thrower Tuomas Tikka in the semi-final after a nail-biting deciding leg.

In an entertaining final Jamie went down 4-2 against Shaun Griffiths of England but pushed his opponent all the way with his average of 29.82 slightly superior to that of Griffiths.

Introducing the finalists to a packed audience at 9.30am on Saturday commentator Martin ‘Let’s Play Darts’ FitzMorris said: "You are about to watch the best two youth players in the world."

And before Jamie went on stage world number-one Gary Anderson hugged him and Bobby George also wished him the best of luck.

As the Cardigan youngster signed autographs afterwards proud dad and senior Welsh international Mark ‘Chalkie’ Lewis said: "Jamie has proved today he can compete with the best in the world.

"Shaun Griffiths is also a brilliant player and I think it will be between the two of them for years to come. We are all very proud," he said.

Story By : The Tivyside Advertiser


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