Michael Smith first finalist World Cup darts after victory over James Wade | Darts


Smith started out as the big favorite to the party. In fact, the bookmakers even see him as a favorite for the overall victory. The fact that he was seen as the biggest contender for a final ticket against his compatriot was not based on the results that Bully Boy has booked against Wade in the past. For Smith is The Machine because it has always been his fear-monger. Wade won 17 of the 22 previous encounters. However, Smith’s averages are a lot better than his opponent’s in this tournament and he was able to stick to that before the match.

The fourth-seeded Wade hoped to finally reach the final at the World Cup on Sunday evening. Three times before, the Englishman made it to the last four, but he never reached the final battle.

Impressive first two sets

From the start of the match it was again impressive what Smith showed. With an average of 106 he made a deep impression. Wade scored an average of 92 against that and so it was not surprising that the first two sets went convincingly to his opponent.

The third set was surprisingly a prey for Wade. With a handsome 121 finish The Machine for the first time a leg from his opponent and with it the set: 1-2. Wade was also well on his way to win the fourth set with a 2-0 lead in legs, but Smith took three legs in a row to make it 3-1 in sets.

Wade takes last straw

Wade’s resistance seemed broken after that, as Smith rumbled on and took two sets in a row: 1-5. Still wanted The Machine didn’t give up yet and with a nice 160 finish he won the seventh set: 2-5.

Bully Boy seemed a little lulled to sleep, as his average dropped to almost below a hundred. Wade had his back against the wall in the eighth set at a 2-2 tie in legs, but at that moment he managed to throw a fantastic leg and crawled one set closer: 3-5.

Smith didn’t let Wade come anymore and on his second match dart he hit the mark and won a ticket for the final. In this he will compete against Peter Wright or Gary Anderson. The two Scots will play against each other later on Sunday evening.

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