I’M back – that was the clear message from Cardigan darts star Jamie Lewis after returning from a short break from the sport to qualify for the forthcoming Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) William Hill World Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Lewis, currently ranked number 63 in the PDC Order of Merit, covered himself in glory at Allay Pally in the 2017-2018 event when, as a qualifier, he reached the semi-final before losing to the legendary Phil Taylor.

The popular Lewis, who was crowned World Youth Champion in 2009, took a break from darts for personal reasons, but has returned with a bang as he qualified for the biggest event on the planet.

In qualifying, 29-year-old Lewis defeated former UK Open and World Grand |Prix champion Robert Thornton 7-5 in a high-profile decider to ensure his place at Alexandra |Palace.

He also brushed aside David Pallett and Alan Tabern in notching a huge win to kick-start a bid to save his PDC Tour Card.

The draw for the championship, which starts on Tuesday, December 15 with the final on Sunday, January 3, sees Lewis, who now lives in Carmarthen, drawn against world number 51 Luke Woodhouse, of Bewdley, in Worcestershire.

The top 32 players from the PDC Order of Merit are seeded and drawn against the 32 qualifiers and international representatives.

If Lewis, whose father Mark Lewis is a former Wales darts international, does the business against Woodhouse, he will clash with world number two and friend Gerwyn Price of Markham, Caerphilly.

Defending champion is Peter Wright of Scotland, with three-time champion Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands the 3/1 pre-tournament favourite.

Looking forward to the championship, Lewis said “I’m feeling good and will give it my best shot. I’d like to thank all the people who are supporting me.”