Lewis to hit jackpot again

Defending champion Adrian Lewis goes into tonight’s semi-final action at the Alexandra Palace as the favourite to retain the title he won 12 months ago, and although he wasn’t strongly fancied at the beginning of the campaign, he is the only player left in the field who can boast a world title to his name.

Simon Whitlock has come close twice. In 2008 with the BDO, he was beaten in the Lakeside final by Mark Webster. Then in his debut season with the PDC, he was runner-up to Phil Taylor after a remarkable run.

All four players left in the competition have shown they are capable of producing darts that are good enough to win the blue riband event with the PDC. Hamilton, the outsidee of the field, has averaged above 100 for most parts of this tournament. However, he has never been to a world final therefore is in unfamiliar territory here.

Although James Wade is aiming for his maiden world final appearance, he is the second most successful player in PDC history with seven major titles, including the UK Open he won earlier in the year at the Reebok Stadium.

The winner will be the player who can handle the pressure the best and maintain their excellent form under the circumstances. Lewis proved he could do that last year and it no surprise to see him ahead of the betting for his second world crown in 2012.

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