World Darts Championship: Adrian Lewis sets up Michael van Gerwen showdown

Lewis on his way to victory.
Lewis on his way to victory. Photo credit: Getty

Adrian Lewis set up a mouthwatering fourth round clash against Michael van Gerwen, while defending champion Rob Cross powered into the last 16 on Day 11 of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship on Monday (NZ time).

English duo Lewis beat and Cross beat Darius Labanauskas and Cristo Reyes 4-0 respectively to reach the next round at the Alexandra Palace in London. 

Two-time champion Lewis was clinical against Lithuanian qualifier Labanauskas, who continually let his opponent off the hook by missing darts at the doubles. 

Lewis meanwhile had a three dart average of 97.43 and was 12/23 on the doubles, along with seven 180 maximums as he only dropped three legs in the match. 

Awaiting him is fellow two-time champion Van Gerwen who beat German Max Hopp to reach the fourth round. 

Cross was deadly with his 101.72 three dart average, hitting 54 per cent of his finishes. 

Cross, the second seed, will face either England's Luke Humphries or Belgium's Dimitri van den Bergh in the next round - the ladder whom he beat in the quarter-finals en route to his maiden title at last year's championship. 

Earlier, England's James Wade overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat compatriot Keegan Brown 4-3 - the player who knocked him out of the tournament 12 months ago.

The crowd was on Brown's side with boos ringing around the arena after Wade's "thuggish" comments in his last game when he declared he "wanted to really hurt" Japanese player Seigo Asada. He later apologised saying he had a "hypomania episode".

Wade will face fellow Englishman Ryan Joyce for a spot in the quarter-finals. 

Two seeded players were beaten on Day 11 action with Australia's Kyle Anderson and England's Mervyn King losing 4-1 to debutant Nathan Aspinall, and 4-2 by Brendan Dolan respectively. 

Anderson started the better of the two, before Aspinall lifted his game to race away with the win. 

He will face either Englishman Steve West or South African Devon Petersen in the fourth round.

Dolan beat 19th seed King and will face either Dutchman Benito Van de Pas or Spaniard Toni Alcinas for a spot in the quarter-finals. 

England's Chris Dobey beat Dutchman Vincent van der Voort 4-3 to set up a last-16 meeting with fourth seed Gary Anderson.

There is now a three day break in the world championship for Christmas before the action resumes for day 12 on Friday (NZT) with the remaining four matches from round three before the first two last 16 ties, featuring two-time champions Anderson, Van Gerwen and Lewis.