Michael Smith was victorious on Saturday afternoon as he claimed PDC Players Championship seven in Barnsley. The World no.10 was at the very top of his form following on from that stunning performance at the Echo Arena on Thursday evening in which he had that stunning 7-0 victory over Raymond van Barneveld.
The 27-year old was involved in a few battles along the way as he produced some stunning fightbacks. In his opening round match, Smith came up against his best man for his upcoming wedding in Eddie Dootson. Bully Boy averaged a whopping 112.7 in what was a 6-0 victory for Smith.
Then, in the last 32, Smith had a real battle on his hands as he trailed 5-2 to Jermaine Wattimena. But, Smith shown superb character and determination to run off four legs on-the-spin to edge out the Dutchman 6-5. Following that, Smith enjoyed another whitewash victory, this time it was Kyle Anderson who felt the full force of Bully Boy in a 6-0 win for the St Helens ace. Smith then went on to defeat James Wilson 6-4 to set up a mouth-watering Semi-Final clash with Dave Chisnall.
Chizzy himself had found some great form throughout the day, and the hype leading upto this encounter didn’t let us down. Just like his match with Wattimena, Smith had to battle back from behind, Chisnall provided several moments of brilliance as he moved into a 5-3 lead. The St Helens born ace who now resides in Morecambe, fired in back-to-back finishes of 160 & 167 to move into a 5-3 lead, but Smith yet again remained calm and focused as he ran off three straight legs to edge out Chisnall 6-5 to book his place in the final.
In the final, Smith came up against Adrian Lewis. Bully Boy picked up where he left off previously, the World no.10 fired in finishes of 158 & 130 to move into a 3-2 lead, with Lewis refusing a dart at the bull as Smith piled in the sumptuous 158 finish.
Smith then produced legs of 13, 14 & 16 darts to complete a superb 6-2 victory, and in his post-match interview with Dan Dawson, Smith revealed that his mother has been giving him some advice, and It’s paying dividends it seems.
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