Nathan Aspinall has continued his rise with a World Series title on debut at the US Darts Masters. It was a high quality final which saw the Stockport ace average nearly 107 in an 8-4 win over Michael Smith.
It is a rise which has seen Aspinall go from a player who did not have a Tour Card to a maiden ProTour, World Championship run and UK Open title; to now adding a second TV title of the year to his collection.
He endured a brilliant start to the final claiming a 10 darter in the first leg in which he hit a 180 and double 12 and barring a bounceout he would have hit the nine. Smith joined him in the high scoring stakes with the duo hitting four 180's in two legs and he hit a 130 checkout to make it one a piece.
Aspinall edged in front hitting double four with a brilliant 117 average at that point compared to 111 from Smith. The latter came back to make it 2-2 and the match went between the pair; but it was the UK Open champion who went 4-2 ahead with a brilliant 120 checkout.
Following this it went to parity between the pair with Smith very much still in it, 'The Asp' retook the lead at 5-4 and had a pivotal break with a 95 checkout to make it 6-4. From there he surged to the title with the crowd very much behind him.
A brilliant rise continues for Aspinall with another new champion crowned on the World Series to start the year off.
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US Darts Masters schedule, Day Two
Michael van Gerwen (88.59) 6-8 (90.27) Michael Smith
Gary Anderson (94.96) 6-8 (98.57) Gerwyn Price
Rob Cross (95.58) 5-8 (100.37) Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney (99.14) 6-8 (100.59) Peter Wright
Michael Smith (100.14) 4-8 (106.7) Nathan Aspinall