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Sensational Smith lands third consecutive Pro Tour title

St Helens star Michael Smith warms up for World Cup of Darts with third consecutive Pro Tour title in a remarkable Players Championship 16 final against Dirk van Duijvenbode in Germany; “Whenever I need to pull a rabbit out of the hat, I’m able to produce something special”

Last Updated: 15/06/22 10:53am

    Michael Smith clinched a third consecutive Pro Tour title at Players Championship 16 final in Germany

    Michael Smith clinched a third consecutive Pro Tour title at Players Championship 16 final in Germany

    Michael Smith continued his magnificent form to clinch a third consecutive Pro Tour title in a remarkable Players Championship 16 final in Germany.

    The World Championship runner-up boasted a tournament average of almost 101 and landed 28 maximums across the afternoon to clinch his 19th PDC title – his fifth in as many weeks.

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    Smith posted four ton-topping averages in scooping the £12,000 top prize in Niedernhausen, and he produced a stunning display to topple Dirk van Duijvenbode 8-6 in an astonishing final.

    The Dutchman averaged 107.29 and landed seven 180s, but he was denied a third PDC ranking title by an inspired Smith, who averaged 105.58 and converted three ton-plus finishes to prevail.

    “I’m in a rich vein of form and long may it continue,” said Smith, who has now won 21 consecutive matches in Players Championship events.

    “Every game I played today, I played really well. Whenever I need to pull a rabbit out of the hat, I’m able to produce something special.

    “I’m looking forward to tomorrow now. There are some players missing, but you can only beat who is in front of you, and there’s still a lot of top players here.”

    Smith explains the story behind his walk-on and his most embarrassing moment

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    Smith explains the story behind his walk-on and his most embarrassing moment

    Smith explains the story behind his walk-on and his most embarrassing moment

    Smith began his campaign with a battling 6-4 win over Darius Labanauskas, before easing past Development Tour duo Lewy Williams and Nathan Rafferty to seal his spot in the last 16.

    The 31-year-old fired in two 10-darters as he recovered from 4-3 down to defeat fellow St Helens star Stephen Bunting, and a 103 average saw him sweep aside an in-form Andrew Gilding in the last eight.

    Smith continued his blistering run with a 106 average and a 7-3 win over Josh Rock in the last four, defying a 104 average from the Northern Irishman, who was featuring in a first Pro Tour semi-final.

    John Henderson enjoyed his best run of 2022, warming up for the World Cup of Darts with wins over Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld to reach the last eight.

    Humphries’ 13-match winning streak culminated in a quarter-final defeat to Van Duijvenbode, while Gilding and Krzysztof Ratajski also impressed before bowing out at the same stage.

    The best of the action from Night 16 of the Premier League Darts as Smith secured his first and only win of the tournament

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    The best of the action from Night 16 of the Premier League Darts as Smith secured his first and only win of the tournament

    The best of the action from Night 16 of the Premier League Darts as Smith secured his first and only win of the tournament

    The ProTour action continues with Players Championship 17 in Niedernhausen on Wednesday.

    Players Championship 16

    Tuesday June 14

    Last 16


    Luke Humphries 6-2 Chris Dobey

    Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh

    Keane Barry 6-4 Dave Chisnall

    John Henderson 6-5 Martin Lukeman

    Michael Smith 6-4 Stephen Bunting

    Andrew Gilding 6-5 Danny Noppert

    Josh Rock 6-0 Gabriel Clemens

    Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Damon Heta

    Quarter-Finals

    Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Luke Humphries

    Keane Barry 6-2 John Henderson

    Michael Smith 6-2 Andrew Gilding

    Josh Rock 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

    Semi-Finals

    Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-1 Keane Barry

    Michael Smith 7-3 Josh Rock

    Final

    Michael Smith 8-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode

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