VIDEO: Smith misses double 12 for a nine-darter, but beats Cullen despite 'double trouble'
Michael Smith has qualified for the last eight at the Grand Slam of Darts with a 10-5 victory over countryman Joe Cullen. Bullyboy made the fewest mistakes in a match where both players missed a lot of darts on the doubles.
Smith missed 25 darts on doubles, while Cullen missed 19. Although The Rockstar did give himself a lot less opportunities than his English opponent.
Things went wrong in the first leg for Cullen, who missed three darts to take his own leg. Smith then threw out 80 and hit double 6 for 2-0. The former World Championship finalist could have gone into the break 4-1, but Smith missed six darts to win his fourth leg. Then it was Cullen who, after eight misses, closed the gap to 3-2 via double 16.
After the break Cullen made it 3-3, but then The Rockstar failed to take the lead after three missed darts on double 18. Smith threw out 74 and went into the break with a 6-4 lead, after hitting a 11-darter.
Smith ran into a 9-5 lead after the final break after Cullen again failed to hit a number of doubles. Bullyboy then almost finished the match in stunning fashion as he started the 15th leg with two 180's. He also found the treble with his 7th and 8th dart, before narrowly missing the double 12 for a nine-darter. However he came back to seal the win with a 12-darter.