Finishing helps Lewis hit the Jackpot and defeat Taylor in Bournemouth
08:01 GMT, 20 April 2012
Adrian Lewis believes his finishing was the key to his hard-fought 8-5 win over Phil Taylor in Bournemouth.
The world champion recovered from 4-2 down to end The Power’s unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign and move into the top four.
Jackpot said: 'Phil had a 4-2 lead at the break but afterwards I came out a finished really well.
Winning feeling: Adrian Lewis celebrates his win over Phil Taylor
WEEK 11 RESULTS
Van Barneveld 4-8 Whitlock
Anderson 4-8 Painter
Wade 7-7 Hamilton
Taylor 5-8 Lewis
'I have got a lot more bottle than a lot of other players and I think that is what wins me matches.
'Other results went for me so now I’m in with a great chance of making the final.'
The first three legs of the heavyweight battle went with throw but it was Taylor who drew first blood as he took the fourth leg against the throw on his way to opening up a 4-1 lead.
Lewis hung onto Taylor, though, and soon found himself level at 4-4 thanks to a break of throw in the seventh leg.
Both men held their next throw before Lewis produced a moment of magic to put himself in the driving seat. With Taylor waiting on a 60 finish, Jackpot hit 160 to break the throw before moving 7-5 ahead to secure a point.
The Wizard of Oz: Simon Whitlock beat Raymond van Barneveld in Bournemouth
Taylor then produced a collector’s item, in the 13th leg, as he missed three darts at double 16, allowing Lewis to step in and finish the match.
Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock thinks he is one win away from securing a Premier League semi final berth as he tightened his grip on second place with an 8-4 win over Raymond van Barneveld.
The Wizard moved onto 14 points with victory over the Dutchman but he doesn’t believe his place at finals night is guaranteed just yet.
He said: 'I’m not counting my chickens yet and I want some more points before I’m finished. I have got a tough run in so 14 points might not be enough so I’m looking for another win.
'A win is fantastic at this stage of the competition even though it wasn’t a great game. But I got two points which is pushing me towards the finals.'
Whitlock recovered from losing the opening leg to take the next five, which included a 155 checkout in the fifth leg.
Masterpiece: The Artist Kevin Painter beat Gary Anderson
After the next two legs were shared, Van Barneveld reduced his arrears to 6-4 as he looked for a way back into to match. The Aussie held his nerve, though, to break Barney’s throw once again and he sealed victory with a double top in the next leg.
But, in contrast, Gary Anderson’s hopes of retaining his Premier League crown are all but over after an 8-4 loss to Kevin Painter.
The Flying Scotsman was plagued by double trouble once again and he never recovered from going 5-1 down to The Artist.
Painter capitalised on his fast start to earn his first win since week five and move off the foot of the table, a place Anderson now occupies.
In the other match of week 11, James Wade and Andy Hamilton played out a 7-7 draw.
The Machine and The Hammer couldn’t be separated but Wade will be the happier of the two players as the point lifted him into third place above Van Barneveld.