Smith final player through to Champions League of Darts semi-finals with victory over Wade
Michael Smith is the final player through to the semi-finals of the Champions League of Darts after defeating James Wade in a 10-8 win.
Smith had an unwanted record over Wade before proceedings began but snapped that in what was a high quality encounter between the pair. He will now take on Peter Wright in the semi-finals.
In the opening exchange it was very even with Smith claiming an early break but Wade broke back immediately to make it 3-3.
Wade himself missed a 121 checkout on the bull to break and potentially take a 5-3 lead and Smith capitalised hitting a clutch double five checkout to make it 4-4.
Wade held his throw with an 81 checkout and it remained even but Smith reeled in the big fish in the 170 checkout to make it 6-6 and claim the highest checkout of the tournament so far.
Despite that, Wade continued to take the lead at 7-6 up but couldn't break the throw despite having a shot at a 116 checkout. Smith though hit a 90 checkout and followed that up with a 56 checkout to go to within one.
Wade though asked the question pulling it back to 9-8 but Smith answered that securing the final spot in tonight's semi-finals.
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PDC Champions League of Darts schedule
Day two, afternoon session
Rob Cross (97.75) 8-10 (99.44) Peter Wright (Group B)
Daryl Gurney (93.73) 6-10 (101.04) Gerwyn Price (Group B)
Michael van Gerwen (101.16) 10-4 (91.72) Gary Anderson (Group A)
Michael Smith (92.07) 10-8 (93.03) James Wade (Group A)