Peter Wright believes Jamie Lewis will go on to be in the World’s top five after his sensational Ally Pally defeat by the Welsh wizard.
Snakebite went down 4-1 to ‘Rasta’ but was full of praise for the Cardigan ace and the to prospects of the oche.
Wright said: “We can all throw darts like Michael van Gerwen, and Jamie proved that tonight. It's good to see.
“I'm looking forward to, in five years’ time when I'm retired with my feet up, sitting on my sofa watching the top five in the world which should be Jamie Lewis, Keegan Brown, Dimitri, Josh Payne and Michael Smith. Those guys will be top five, top ten in the world and I'm going to be a very happy to watch and have had to play against these guys.
“I was rusty but I still enjoyed the game and I wish him all the luck.
“The darts Jamie was flying in, I don't think my preparation had anything to do with that. Jamie has been around for quite a few years and it's good to see, I'm proud to be on that stage with him playing darts like he did. He's proving to the world that he can play darts and has a chance to win the title.
“It is a missed opportunity, but I still took Jamie Lewis like I was playing Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor or Michael van Gerwen; I wasn't relaxed, I didn't take him easy.
“Next year I'm hoping to double what I've done this year. I think I'll do that, definitely. If you don't set yourself targets, there's no point playing the game.”
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)