CARDIGAN darts star Jamie Lewis is up and running at this year’s William Hill World Darts Championship.

Lewis withstood a tremendous fightback from New Zealander Cody Harris this afternoon (Friday, December 14) to move into the third round at Alexandra Palace.

The Welshman, who announced his arrival on the world stage 12 month ago by reaching the semi-finals before eventually losing to darts legend Phil Tayor, found an extra gear in the deciding set after Harris came from two sets down to level up the match.

Lewis romped through the first set, winning it 3-1 despite a 118 checkout from Kiwi rival Harris, who had beaten Martin Schindler in round one on Thursday to book his place in the second round.

Back-to-back checkouts of 96 and 98 helped Lewis win the second set by the same margin but Harris won each of the next two sets on the deciding leg to force a nervy fifth and final set.

But Lewis steadied himself and ensured there was no upset on the cards as he finally crossed the finish line in style, hitting a maximum 180 in three consecutive legs to take the deciding set 3-0.

He hit a total of nine maximums in the match and averaged 92.32 on each visit to the board as he booked his place in the third round.