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ADRIAN LEWIS claimed his first tournament victory in almost three years and also hit a nine-darter in winning Saturday^s Austrian Open Players Championship.

Lewis has not taken home the first prize in a tournament since a Players Championship in Scotland in November 2006, but brilliantly claimed the £6,000 title in Salzburg.

He defeated Red Dragon Darts & Spain^s Carlos Rodriguez 6-4 in the final, hitting a sensational nine-darter in the eighth leg by following up two 180s with a 141 checkout on double 12.

The nine-darter, which earns Lewis a £1,600 bonus, was his second in competition, after previously hitting a perfect leg during the Championship League Darts event last year.

"As soon as I hit the two 180s I felt comfortable about hitting the nine-darter," said Lewis. "The 141 was lovely and the darts just flowed, and it^s a great feeling.

"Carlos needs to take some of the credit for that because he really pushed me. He dug in and kept matching my 180s, and he^s a really high quality player who I think will be in the top 32 really soon."

Lewis dedicated the victory to his first daughter Myla Niamh, who was born last month.

"I^ve got a family to care for now and it^s changed my life," added Lewis. "I^ve grown up a lot in the last few weeks and was really determined to do well today.

"Hopefully this is the start of a new Adrian Lewis, who can be a big threat to Phil Taylor now. It^s been three years since I last won a tournament but I don^t think it will be that long again."

Lewis marked his return to action with a whitewash win over Adrian Gray, and also swept aside Wayne Atwood, world soft-tip darts champion Boris Krcmar and Co Stompe to reach the last eight.

There, he narrowly overcame Germany^s Michael Rosenauer in a deciding leg, before overcoming Colin Osborne 6-4 in a high-quality semi-final.

Rodriguez edged out fellow team mate Alan Tabern 6-5 in the semi-finals to reach his second PDC Pro Tour final, after a previous success in a Players Championship in Germany last year.

His £3,000 runner-up prize will secure him a spot in both the European Championship and World Darts Championship later this year.

The Spaniard also overcame Wayne Jones, Peter Manley, Gary Welding and Steve Beaton on the day, after scraping past Steve Grubb 6-5 in the first round.

A run to the quarter-finals for Rosenauer puts him back into the running for a European Championship qualifying place later this year via the Continental Europe Order of Merit.

Kevin Painter and Mark Walsh joined Rosenauer and Jones in the last eight, while Chris Thompson, Steve Brown, Justin Pipe and Holland^s Toon Greebe reached the last 16.

Austrian Open Players Championship

Preliminary Round

Bernd Roith 6-4 Arron Monk

Mario Masurka 6-0 Wolfgang Mayrhofer

Ken Dobson 6-0 Christoph Stadler

Brendan Dolan 6-3 Pero Ljubic

Matt Clark 6-1 Par Riihonen

Jyhan Artut 6-2 Sebastian Pecjak

Tony Blundell 6-0 Sander Sonneveld

Braulio Roncero 6-2 Christian Kallinger

Josef Untermarzoner 6-3 Lukas Schneider

Dyson Parody 6-1 Dave Ladley

Maik Langendorf 6-1 Gerhard Sorger

Gary Welding 6-3 Tomas Seyler

Carlos Rodriguez 6-1 Waleri Iliev

Steve Grubb 6-5 Steve Hine

Aaron Hardy 6-4 Mario Hermann

Jarkko Komula 6-5 Marek Polach

Harald Hoffmann 6-2 Rudiger Lohse

Markus Katt 6-0 Florian Rauch

Nick Fullwell 6-3 Josef Reiter

Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Mark Frost

Oto Zmelik 6-0 Reinhard Holzer

Simon Craven 6-2 Steve Perkins

Christoph Stehmann 6-4 Frank Grauel

Andree Welge 6-1 Martin Kapucian

Pavel Dirtl 6-0 Carsten Arlt

Toon Greebe 6-1 Franz Wuehrer

Christian Pankl 6-4 Andreas Riegler

Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Roland Freistatter

Ray Farrell 6-0 Alfred Schaf

Chris Thompson 6-0 Patrick Bulen

Gunther Hofer 6-2 Marco Kriegner

Joe Cullen 6-1 Chris Loudon

Dietmar Burger 6-0 Ruth Haas

Michael Rosenauer 6-2 John Quantock

David Ansell 6-0 Davor Bradara

Dylan Duo 6-0 Romano Ruggeri

John Part 6-2 Johnny Okken

Roland Scholten 6-4 Darren Johnson

Wayne Atwood 6-0 Alexander Berger

First Round

Mark Walsh (1) 6-1 Pierre Finck

Bernd Roith 6-0 Matthias Limdinger

Pivarc Lubos 6-2 Wayne Mardle (32)

Mario Masurka 6-1 Hannes Schnier

Michael van Gerwen (16) 6-0 Mick McGowan

Ken Dobson 6-0 Eusebius Irrasch

Jamie Caven (17) 6-3 Kevin McDine

Brendan Dolan 6-0 Matt Clark

Terry Jenkins (8) 6-4 Alex Kohler

Justin Pipe 6-5 Jyhan Artut

Alex Roy (25) 6-0 Michael Fuxreiter

Jan van der Rassel 6-0 Tony Blundell

Alan Tabern (9) 6-0 Andy Heller

Braulio Roncero 6-0 Jon Archer

Wes Newton (24) 6-1 Louis Blundell

Josef Untermarzoner 6-3 Peter Seidl

Ronnie Baxter (5) 6-1 Peter Wright

Dyson Parody 6-5 Michael de Cuijper

Peter Manley (28) 6-0 Robert Marijamovic

Andy Fordham 6-5 Maik Langendorf

Denis Ovens (12) 6-3 Erwin Renkema

Gary Welding 6-1 Felix Losan

Steve Beaton (21) 6-0 Manfred Hausler

Carlos Rodriguez 6-5 Steve Grubb

James Wade (4) 6-0 Stefan Lemberger

Colin Monk 6-4 Aaron Hardy

Tony Eccles (29) 6-4 Remco van Eijden

Jarkko Komula 6-1 Alex Niedermaier

Andy Hamilton (13) 6-0 Peter van der Broek

Marko Kantele 6-2 Harald Hoffman

Wayne Jones (20) 6-1 Gregor Gorjup

Nick Fullwell 6-1 Markus Katt

Colin Osborne (2) 6-0 Karl Binder

Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Kevin Hill

Jacko Barry 6-0 Steve Maish (31)

Oto Zmelik 6-0 Steve Randall

Steve Brown 6-3 Mark Dudbridge (15)

Simon Craven 6-0 Herbert Aringer

Vincent van der Voort (18) 6-0 Jacques Nieuwlaat

Andree Welge 6-1 Christoph Stehmann

Dennis Priestley (7) 6-4 Martyn Turner

Pavel Dirtl 6-0 Harold Wieleman

Mark Webster 6-4 Paul Nicholson (26)

Toon Greebe 6-2 Gary Mawson

Mervyn King (10) 6-3 Bryan de Hoog

David Ahmet 6-2 Christian Pankl

Kevin Painter 6-5 Michael Barnard

Ray Farrell 6-1 Mensur Suljovic

Robert Thornton (6) 6-5 Thorsten Warter

Chris Thompson 6-4 Nandor Bezzeg

Jelle Klaasen (27) 6-3 James Barton

Volker Burkhardt 6-4 Gunther Hofer

Gary Anderson (11) 6-3 Marko Puls

Tony Ayres 6-1 Joe Cullen

Andy Jenkins (22) 6-4 Keith Rooney

Michael Rosenauer 6-3 Dietmar Burger

Colin Lloyd (3) 6-2 Andy Relf

Gary Blades 6-3 David Ansell

Co Stompe (30) 6-0 Alexander Krch

Dylan Duo 6-0 Erich Mosinger

Boris Krcmar 6-5 Andy Smith (14)

Barrie Bates 6-2 John Part

Adrian Lewis (19) 6-0 Adrian Gray

Wayne Atwood 6-4 Roland Scholten

Second Round

Mark Walsh 6-3 Bernd Roith

Mario Masurka 6-5 Pivarc Lubos

Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Ken Dobson

Brendan Dolan 6-2 Jamie Caven

Justin Pipe 6-3 Terry Jenkins

Jan van der Rassel 6-1 Alex Roy

Alan Tabern 6-5 Braulio Roncero

Wes Newton 6-1 Josef Untermarzoner

Ronnie Baxter 6-0 Dyson Parody

Peter Manley 6-0 Andy Fordham

Gary Welding 6-2 Denis Ovens

Carlos Rodriguez 6-4 Steve Beaton

James Wade 6-1 Colin Monk

Tony Eccles 6-1 Jarkko Komula

Andy Hamilton 6-2 Marko Kantele

Wayne Jones 6-4 Nick Fullwell

Colin Osborne 6-5 Kirk Shepherd

Jacko Barry 6-4 Oto Zmelik

Steve Brown 6-2 Simon Craven

Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Andree Welge

Dennis Priestley 6-2 Pavel Dirtl

Toon Greebe 6-1 Mark Webster

Mervyn King 6-1 Dave Ahmet

Kevin Painter 6-2 Ray Farrell

Chris Thompson 6-0 Robert Thornton

Jelle Klaasen 6-0 Volker Burkhardt

Tony Ayres 6-3 Gary Anderson

Michael Rosenauer 6-3 Andy Jenkins

Colin Lloyd 6-1 Gary Blades

Co Stompe 6-5 Dylan Duo

Boris Krcmar 6-5 Barrie Bates

Adrian Lewis 6-3 Wayne Atwood

Losers £200

Third Round

Mark Walsh 6-3 Mario Masurka

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Brendan Dolan

Justin Pipe 6-3 Jan van der Rassel

Alan Tabern 6-4 Wes Newton

Peter Manley 6-5 Ronnie Baxter

Carlos Rodriguez 6-4 Gary Welding

James Wade 6-4 Tony Eccles

Wayne Jones 6-2 Andy Hamilton

Colin Osborne 6-0 Jacko Barry

Steve Brown 6-4 Vincent van der Voort

Toon Greebe 6-3 Dennis Priestley

Kevin Painter 6-3 Mervyn King

Chris Thompson 6-3 Jelle Klaasen

Michael Rosenauer 6-3 Tony Ayres

Co Stompe 6-2 Colin Lloyd

Adrian Lewis 6-0 Boris Krcmar

Losers £300

Fourth Round

Mark Walsh 6-2 Michael van Gerwen

Alan Tabern 6-5 Justin Pipe

Carlos Rodriguez 6-3 Peter Manley

Wayne Jones 6-2 James Wade

Colin Osborne 6-1 Steve Brown

Kevin Painter 6-2 Toon Greebe

Michael Rosenauer 6-1 Chris Thompson

Adrian Lewis 6-4 Co Stompe

Losers £400


Alan Tabern 6-3 Mark Walsh

Carlos Rodriguez 6-3 Wayne Jones

Colin Osborne 6-1 Kevin Painter

Adrian Lewis 6-5 Michael Rosenauer

Losers £800


Carlos Rodriguez 6-5 Alan Tabern

Adrian Lewis 6-4 Colin Osborne

Losers £1,500


Adrian Lewis 6-4 Carlos Rodriguez - including nine dart finish from Adrian Lewis

Winner £6,000

Runner-Up £3,000

First Semi-Final

Adrian Lewis sealed his place in the final with a high-quality 6-4 win over Colin Osborne in a see-saw game.

Osborne came from a leg down to win three in a row, including a break in the game^s third leg following five missed doubles from Lewis and six perfect darts in the fourth, to lead 3-1.

Lewis took out 97 for the fifth leg, and both players traded 180s in the next before Osborne finished 103 for a 4-2 cushion.

Lewis hit two 180s of his own in the next, and a brilliant ten-darter broke throw as he levelled.

Osborne missed one dart for a 152 finish to break back, with Lewis taking the leg and then a 117 checkout for victory in the next, putting him on course for a first tournament win since November 2006.

Second Semi-Final

Carlos Rodriguez reached his second PDC Pro Tour final with a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Alan Tabern.

Rodriguez led 4-1 before Tabern took four successive legs, but the Spaniard levelled and then sneaked the decider after the world number 11 missed one dart for the win.

Tabern opened the semi with a maximum and took the opening leg in 12 darts, but missed doubles to extend his lead as Rodriguez got off the mark.

Legs of 13, 14 and 15 darts from Spaniard saw him move 4-1 ahead, but Tabern took out 82 to halt the charge and then two double ten finishes saw him level.

Double 12 put Tabern in front at 5-4 before Rodriguez took out 61 in two darts on double 18 to send the game into a decider.

Tabern kicked off with a maximum, but Rodriguez stayed in touch with a pair of 140s and got his chance, with a missed double 18 for a 116 game shot from the English ace letting him take out tops to reach the decider.

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