James Wade has lost a valuable point in the battle for the play-offs in the Premier League Darts. Michael Smith earned a point against ‘The Machine’ after breaking his throw in the last leg.
The game started fantastic with a stunning 11-dart leg and a 128 finish by Smith, while Wade hit a 144 check-out and a 65 finish in the first five legs. After five legs both players had not missed a dart on the doubles yet, while both players averaged around 105.
But the level dropped considerably in the second half of the match. Wade missed four darts to make 3-3, before Smith hit double 10 to take a 4-2 lead. However ‘Bullyboy’ was unable to retain his lead in leg five and six as he missed four doubles. ‘The Machine’ leveled the match in the eighth leg with a 60 finish.
Both players missed doubles in the ninth leg, before Smith moved 5-4 ahead with a 21-darter. The World Championship finalist failed to extend his lead and Wade took out 52 for 5-5.
A 13-dart leg and a superb 161 finish put the left-hander one leg away from victory, but was unable to seal the win. ‘Bullyboy’ reduced the deficit with a 13-darter, but Wade had the throw in the decider. However the Aldershot ace failed to create a match-dart within six turns and Smith claimed a point with a 48 finish.
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Night 15 – Thursday May 9
The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
James Wade (95.77) 7-7 (92.80) Michael Smith
Rob Cross vs Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Michael van Gerwen
Tags: James Wade, Michael Smith, Premier League Darts 2019
IT'S A DRAW!
James Wade and Michael Smith share the spoils in the opening game here in Sheffield.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 9, 2019