Adrian Lewis offered his perspective on the altercation which soured the end of a Players Championship Finals win over Josh Payne.

Jackpot had been heading to defeat against the world number 46 in Minehead. But, roared on by a sympathetic crowd, Lewis rallied from 4-1 down to seal a 6-4 triumph. The two-time champion admitted that while support helped his Players Championship Finals stay on track, the adulation was a double-edged sword.

“I was under pressure, without a shadow of a doubt,” Lewis admitted to Live Darts afterwards.

“I just knuckled down, and I thought, ‘don’t let that [noise] affect you. Because when the crowd are chanting your name, it does put you off.”

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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The coming together happened at the end of the game, once Lewis struck double 12 to confirm the win. He and Payne squared off at the oche, with some words exchanged before Payne walked away and Lewis made exaggerated gestures protesting his innocence.

“Me and Josh, we get on really well. And all of a sudden – I think with the crowd affecting him as well, he tried to take it out on me,” explained Lewis, who has previously had infamous dust-ups with Peter Manley and Jose Justicia.

“I said to him: ‘at the end of the day, it’s not my fault the crowd are on my side! It’s not my fault at all’.

“It was a great game for the crowd and everyone else, but it’s not my fault the crowd are on my side.

“It’s about time!”

Next up for Lewis is a meeting with Michael van Gerwen on Saturday afternoon.

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Author: Ed McCosh