Adrian Lewis launched a stinging attack on Gerwyn Price, after defeating the Welshman 11-5 to book his place in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay on Tuesday evening.
The pair were embroiled in a war of words of social media prior to Tuesday’s showdown, after Price memorably defeated Jackpot at the same stage twelve months ago. However, in his post-match interview, the two-time world champion was unable to hide his disdain towards ‘The Iceman’.
Lewis stated: “I was rubbish and that just shows why he’s a nobody. He turned up there and bottled it, simple as that. Between greatness and not so great, that just showed tonight. All I’m going to say, is that you can practice all you want, but you can’t practice crapping yourself.”
Price has claimed two Pro Tour victories in 2016, incidentally more than Lewis, although in the build up to Tuesday’s clash, Jackpot retorted: “He’s won a couple of tournaments, but that’s because all the top boys aren’t there. He’s gone up there and sneaked a couple.”
It was an extremely scrappy affair, with Lewis averaging 84, to Price’s 82. Yet Jackpot remained in bullish mood, insisting that he has plenty more gears to go through. “That was nothing today. I won there in neutral. I’m quite happy with that really; to get a bit of revenge after all of his mouthing off,” he added.
The 2013 Matchplay finalist will take on fifth seed Peter Wright in the last eight, after Snakebite prevailed 11-6 against Lewis’ Stoke counterpart, Ian White. Wright averaged 98.87 and hit three maximums, but White’s poor 26% conversion rate on the doubles was the decisive factor.
Elsewhere, world number one Michael van Gerwen remained on course to defend his World Matchplay crown with a comprehensive 11-3 victory over Kyle Anderson. ‘The Green Machine’ averaged 102.97, hit four maximums and boasted an impressive 52% on the doubles, to ease past ‘The Original’.
Van Gerwen will face Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals on Thursday, after the St Helen’s star dismantled World Grand-Prix champion Robert Thornton 11-2 in the opening match of the night.
Chisnall was impressive throughout, averaging 99.67 and posting four maximums. However, Thornton’s Winter Gardens misery continues, as he averaged just 88 and hit 13% of his attempts at double.
Nevertheless, the animosity between Lewis and Price unsurprisingly stole the headlines. Price is certainly a charismatic character who isn’t afraid to ruffle the feathers of the top professionals, and that was evidenced at the start of the game, when Price offered a rather limp handshake to Lewis. This promises to be a feud which continues to rumble on.
BetVictor World Matchplay
Tuesday July 19
Robert Thornton 2-11 Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright 11-6 Ian White
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Kyle Anderson
Adrian Lewis 11-5 Gerwyn Price