12 year wait ended as Michael Smith reaches maiden World Grand Prix Quarter-Final with Brendan Dolan win

Michael Smith has ended a 12 year wait to reach the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix sending out a statement to the rest of the field in Leicester.

He restricted Brendan Dolan to only two legs in a straight sets 3-0 win with a 90 average, four 180's and 60% on the finishing doubles.

Smith opened up after a poor start with a 96 checkout. Dolan levelled up from there at 1-1. Smith made heavy weather of it, but took the opening set against the darts.

Dolan broke to open up set two. Smith missed 124 on the bull for a break back but Dolan didn’t punish and Smith broke back to make it 1-1. A 96 checkout saw Smith consolidate. Double six saw Smith go one away.

Last dart in hand on double 10, Smith broke to make it 1-0. A 105 checkout saw Smith go one away from victory and he hit it again to claim the victory. Andrew Gilding now awaits on Friday night.

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