Michael Smith reaches PDC World Championship Darts final

Michael Smith ended the run of Nathan Aspinall to reach his first PDC World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace.

Both men were playing in the last four for the first time, but 10th seed Smith had the pedigree against debutant Aspinall and made it count to win 6-3.

Smith made a tremendous start and took a 2-0 lead, but Aspinall fought back to level at 2-2 and then again for 3-3.

But Smith was relentless in his scoring and clinched victory at the first attempt with a 121 checkout.

Smith (below) averaged 105.22, hit 17 180s – an individual record in a World Championship semi-final – and had a checkout percentage of 51.11.

In the final, Smith will face top seed Michael van Gerwen, who swept to a 6-1 victory over Gary Anderson.

Anderson was unable to find his best form but, even if he had, he would have been hard pushed to make a game of it against Van Gerwen in this form.

The two-time winner looked set for only the fourth semi-final whitewash at Ally Pally when he opened up a 5-0 lead, with Anderson barely able to win a leg, but the Scot at least got on the board, even if it ultimately meant nothing.

Van Gerwen averaged 104.76, threw 11 180s and had a checkout percentage of 50 in a sensational display.


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