UK Open: Wes Newton hits nine-dart finish but still loses in last 16
Wes Newton hit a nine-dart finish but still lost 9-8 to Adrian Lewis in a thrilling fourth round clash at the UK Open.
Last Updated: 11/06/13 2:39pm
The Lancashire thrower hit his perfect finish in the eighth leg to level the match at four-all, landing two 180s before finishing 141 on double 12, and will earn a £5,000 bonus should no other player achieve the feat this weekend.
However, Lewis, who had been 3-1 down, moved 7-5 and 8-7 up before pouncing in the deciding leg when Newton missed three match darts.
"It's brilliant to do the nine-darter, but at the end of the day it was the match I wanted to win," said Newton. "It was an awesome game and we both gave it our all, but if you don't hit your doubles you won't win.
"I'm proud to have been involved in a game like that and I wish Adrian the best of luck."
The two-time former world champion will be joined in the last 16 by Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Robert Thornton.
Lewis was later drawn against Kevin Painter in the fifth round after the former UK Open semi-finalist came from 7-3 down to claim a brilliant 9-7 win over Gary Anderson.
Reigning champion Robert Thornton enjoyed a fine 9-5 win over Kirk Shepherd, and he now plays two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld who beat Merseysider Joey Palfreyman 9-3.
Four-time UK Open champion Phil Taylor continued his fine start to the event with a 9-2 win over Adrian Gray, averaging 105 in a clinical performance.
Last 16 Draw Main Stage: Raymond van Barneveld v Robert Thornton, Phil Taylor v Brendan Dolan, Michael van Gerwen v Terry Jenkins, Adrian Lewis v Kevin Painter. Stage Two: Steve West v Peter Wright, Andy Hamilton v Terry Temple, Ronnie Baxter v Jelle Klaasen, John Henderson v James Wade.