JAMIE Lewis served up a Christmas cracker to keep the Welsh flag flying high in the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace today (Saturday December 22).

But boy did he put his fans back in Cardigan through the wringer, surviving a match dart against Number 5 seed Daryl Gurney before sealing an epic 4-3 victory in a dramatic final set tie break.

It was a third round match that had everything in a contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.

Lewis fired in an incredible 12 maximums to Gurney’s five and it all looked to be going his way in the opening exchanges against the highly-fancied Gurney, who came into the tournament as one of the favourites after his victory in the recent Ladbrokes Players’ Championship.

But Lewis seems to relish the big stage at Alexandra Palace after reaching the semi-finals last year, where he eventually bowed out to legendary Phil Taylor.

In a tense opening set against Gurney, Lewis held his nerve to take it 3-2 but there was no messing about in the second set as he raced through it 3-0, including a 96 checkout .

But Gurney, while not at his best, showed all his fighting qualities in the third set as he hit back to take that 3-2 on legs.

Lewis seemed unfazed and when he roared into a 3-1 lead in sets the writing looked to be on the wall for Gurney.

But the Northern Irish star had obviously not read the script. A stunning 160 check out in the opening leg of the fifth set when Lewis seemed poised to take it galvanised Gurney and shook Lewis.

Gurney rattled off the fifth set without dropping a leg and when he won the sixth set 3-1 to level the match at three sets apiece it looked like for all the world he would go on and take the match.

He took the opening leg of the decider with a 71 checkout and a maximum at the start of the second leg put him in the box seat to take that too.

It looked bleak for Lewis at 2-0 down but he kept pulling out the maximums when he needed them most and hung on in there. Gurney missed a match dart and Lewis stepped in to grab his lifeline.

He levelled at 2-2 and when Gurney missed three darts at double eight, Lewis made no mistake. He took out double 10 to lead the decider 3-2 and then a clinical 64 finish saw him over the finish line and into the last 16.

Lewis said: "I feel more at home on the stage, it's weird. At 3-1 up, I thought I was going to win and that's the worst thing you can think. After he got back into it, I thought I was gone."