JAMIE Lewis booked his place in today’s (Friday December 29) quarter-finals of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 4-1 victory over James Richardson at Alexandra Palace last night.

The 26-year-old Cardigan star will now battle it out with Darren Webster for a place in the semi-finals in the biggest game of both men's careers this afternoon.

Lewis, who battled through the qualifiers to get this far, continued his fine run in the last 16 with a convincing win against Richardson but it didn't start well for the Welshman as his opponent took the opening set.

That was as good as it got for Richardson. Lewis produced a 170 checkout in the first leg of the third set as he moved ahead and it got even better as back-to-back 12 and 10-dart legs secured a 3-1 advantage.

The Welshman hit double five to seal the 4-1 win, after defeating second seed Peter Wright by the same scoreline on Wednesday.

And while his form was understandably not quite what he had produced against Wright, Lewis was more than happy with the performance.

"I’m absolutely over the moon. It was so tough to get through that game as I didn’t play as well as yesterday," said Lewis.

"I wasn’t feeling that great backstage but luckily I got there in the end and started to play the darts that I know I can play."

Next up for Lewis is a quarter-final clash with 23rd seed Darren Webster and a tricky encounter is anticipated.

"I’ve got to keep it going," added Lewis.

"Darren is a very good player, it will be a good game and I’ve got to play well. It hasn't really sunk in yet. It'll probably sink in when I'm home next week but I'm still here."

Lewis’ stunning form has earned the praise of second seed and UK Open champion Peter Wright, the man he defeated in the second round.

"I was rusty but I still enjoyed the game and I wish him all the luck," said Wright. "The darts Jamie was playing were flying in.

"Jamie has been around for quite a few years and it's good to see, I'm proud to be on that stage with him playing darts like he did. He's proving to the world that he can play darts and has a chance to win the title.

"It is a missed opportunity, but I still took Jamie Lewis like I was playing Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor or Michael van Gerwen; I wasn't relaxed, I didn't take him easy.

"We can all throw darts like Michael van Gerwen, and Jamie proved that. It's good to see.

"I'm looking forward to, in five years time when I'm retired with my feet up, sitting on my sofa watching the top five in the world which should be Jamie Lewis, Keegan Brown, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Josh Payne and Michael Smith.

"Those guys will be top five, top ten in the world and I'm going to be a very happy to watch and have played against these guys."