Darts news: Adrian Lewis knocks Premier League contenders idea, can’t wait for UK Open run

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Darts news: Adrian Lewis knocks Premier League contenders idea, can't wait for UK Open run



Adrian Lewis is not a fan of the PDC’s Premier League decisions this year (Picture : PA)Adrian Lewis is not a big fan of how the PDC dealt with Gary Anderson’s withdrawal from the Premier League this year, believing there were better options on the table.
After Anderson gave up his spot in the tournament due to a back problem there was plenty of discussion over who would replace ‘The Flying Scotsman’ in the field.
Instead of a straight swap, the PDC opted to put nine ‘contenders’ into the event, one playing in each of the first nine weeks, and Lewis isn’t convinced that was the right choice.
‘To be honest, Simon Whitlock should have got the spot, hands down,’ Lewis told Metro.co.uk.

Lewis was championing a couple of other Premier League possibilities (Pictuer: PA)‘I thought it would go to him, then maybe me and Chizzy [Dave Chisnall] were in with a shout, but it should have been Simon’s.
‘He’s been awful since, I think he feels like he’s been kicked in the nuts.’
‘Jackpot’ also feels that once the ‘contender’ plan had been put in place, the chances should have gone to some of the workhorses of the PDC circuit rather than newcomers and prospects.
‘When it was first announced I was more shocked than anything else,’ Adrian continued. ‘I know Glen’s [Durrant] won the world title three times over in the BDO, but what about the lads that have been slogging up the circuit for years over here?
‘The likes of Ian White should have been called up for a night. He finished number one on the Pro Tour rankings, he definitely deserved a shot.’

Lewis believes Ian White should have been considered (Picture: Getty Images)The two-time world champion is back in major tournament action this weekend at the UK Open, an event which he won in 2014 and enjoys the unique, open-draw format the competition uses.
‘It’s a tournament to enjoy, you can draw anyone at any time, which makes it more interesting,’ continued Lewis.
‘It’s the World Championship, then the Matchplay then it’s got to be the UK Open, this is the first one of the real majors for me, it’s one everyone looks forward to.’
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The 34-year-old hasn’t picked up a major title since that 2014 success in Minehead, but believes his game is in the right place to repeat his success this year.
‘You want a bit of lady luck on your side but I’m playing well enough to win it, my game’s coming together nicely and I should have a decent run.
‘I’ve been consistent, 95 averages, the odd 100 here and there but it’ll come, I’m working hard on my game. It’s just a few loose darts here and there, but it’s pretty solid.
‘If I’m playing to my best ability then I’ve got a great chance of winning anything.’
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