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Smith defied a 102.48 common and 14 180s from Clayton to prevail in a seven-set epic; the 2019 finalist will tackle reigning champion Gerwyn Value on New Yr’s Day for a spot within the semi-finals; watch Day 13 motion stay on Sky Sports activities Darts on Thursday at 12.30pm and 7pm

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Michael Smith booked his place in the World Darts Championship quarter-final against Gerwyn Price after edging Jonny Clayton in a thrilling last-16 tie

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Michael Smith booked his place within the World Darts Championship quarter-final in opposition to Gerwyn Value after edging Jonny Clayton in an exhilarating last-16 tie

Michael Smith booked his place within the World Darts Championship quarter-final in opposition to Gerwyn Value after edging Jonny Clayton in an exhilarating last-16 tie

Michael Smith insists self-belief was the important thing following his epic tie-break win over Jonny Clayton on a memorable evening on the World Darts Championship.

Smith produced an impressed show to curtail Clayton’s hopes of scooping a fifth televised title in 2021, defying a 102.48 common and 14 maximums from ‘The Ferret’ to succeed in the quarter-finals.

The Welshman raced right into a commanding two-set lead with a staggering 110.6 common, just for Smith to reel off three consecutive units to grab the initiative.

The competition then exploded into life because the pair traded three consecutive ton-plus finishes in a rare sixth set, however following a topsy-turvy finale, ‘Bully Boy’ saved his cool to document a well-known victory.

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This was billed as doubtlessly the match of the match and it definitely lived as much as the hype, that includes 25 maximums and 5 ton-plus finishes.

The standard was relentless, however having suffered an agonising tie-break defeat to eventual winner Rob Cross within the 2018 occasion, Smith was relieved to be on the successful facet on this event.

“That deserved to be the ultimate,” Smith informed Sky Sports activities.

“That recreation felt just like the Rob Cross one in 2018. I believed I have been right here earlier than on this state of affairs once I had the 96 to take Rob out, however fortunately sufficient I acquired away with it and I acquired by.

Smith is through to his third quarter-final at the PDC World Championship

Smith is thru to his third quarter-final on the PDC World Championship

“Going into that match, I simply saved saying to myself: ‘I’ve acquired a recreation to beat anybody, I’ve acquired to maintain believing and hold doing it’.

“My scoring wasn’t the very best tonight, however I did it on the proper time. I hit the fitting photographs on the proper time, and I am simply actually satisfied that I acquired the win.

“Jonny has most likely been No.1 or No.2 all yr. To get that win was large for my confidence, and the best way I did it with 72, 64 and 68 [finishes] – these final darts at double had been entering into.”

Smith and Clayton hit three consecutive ton-plus finishes in an epic sixth set of their last-16 clash at the Worlds

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Smith and Clayton hit three consecutive ton-plus finishes in an epic sixth set of their last-16 conflict on the Worlds

Smith and Clayton hit three consecutive ton-plus finishes in an epic sixth set of their last-16 conflict on the Worlds

Smith – a runner-up at Ally Pally in 2019 – is a perennial contender within the latter levels of main occasions, however a maiden televised title has so far confirmed elusive.

The 31-year-old has succumbed in 5 main finals since 2018, however as he embarks on a tantalising last-eight showdown in opposition to defending champion Gerwyn Value on New Yr’s Day, he’s philosophical about his prospects.

“I have been right here a very long time now. I feel it is my eleventh World Championship,” Smith added.

After losing the opening set, Price reeled off 12 consecutive legs to dispatch Dirk van Duijvenbode in the last 16

After dropping the opening set, Value reeled off 12 consecutive legs to dispatch Dirk van Duijvenbode within the final 16

“It’s coming [a major title], however I am not going to hurry it, I am not going to need it an excessive amount of. That’s what I’ve been responsible of up to now, wanting issues too fast.

“I simply need to hold targeted, hold doing what I have been doing for the final 12 months. You possibly can see it’s lastly coming by into my recreation now.

“I’ve had a extremely unhealthy World Championship within the final two years, and I am lastly giving an excellent account of myself this yr, so irrespective of who I get or what I do, so long as I play darts on this stage, I am blissful.”

Mardle: It was 36 legs of attractive darts!

Wayne Mardle attempted to put into words his excitement following a classic contest between Smith and Clayton

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Wayne Mardle tried to place into phrases his pleasure following a basic contest between Smith and Clayton

Wayne Mardle tried to place into phrases his pleasure following a basic contest between Smith and Clayton

Smith has been touted as a future world champion since bursting onto the scene nearly a decade in the past, such was his prodigious expertise.

He now seems to have the temperament to match his outrageous capacity, and Wayne Mardle believes ‘Bully Boy’ possesses all of the credentials to elevate the Sid Waddell Trophy on January 3.

“I feel he’s extra mature. He’s not the completed article. He’s nonetheless in his early 30s which once more is sickening as a result of he is acquired a lot pedigree already,” Mardle quipped.

“He has been in a last right here, a last within the Premier League, the ultimate of the Matchplay. He has practically received all of it, however sadly for him has not received something but.

“He’s a winner on tour, seemingly each single season. He is acquired to imagine he is a winner, as a result of he’s.

“When he wins, it is going to be: ‘Effectively after all he received, he’s sensible’, however till he really does it, whether or not he is aware of he can or not, we do not know.

“The usual that he performs at, after all he can win it. Consider it Michael!”

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