The first winner of the Quarter-Finals at the 2020 Masters is Michael Smith who claimed victory over Adrian Lewis to open proceedings on the final day in Milton Keynes.
Smith saw off Lewis in a 10-6 win and has moved into the semi-finals of this event for the first time; could the St Helens ace go all the way this weekend?
It was a commanding start to proceedings for Smith who took out 93 on the bull to move into a 3-0 lead over Lewis; as the signs looked ominous even at this early stage.
Despite that, Smith had a small slip up missing three darts at doubles; allowing Lewis to get off the mark and trail 4-1.
He took a break of throw when they returned going 4-2 behind and from there; he made it four legs on the spin to make it 4-4 and ask the question of Smith.
These questions were further heightened when he went 5-4 up from there as Lewis stole a march. He couldn’t go in 6-4 up though and this proved pivotal.
Smith hit three consecutive legs from there to move 7-5 up and regain the impetus. He pounced on a missed opportunity from Lewis who wired the bull for a 124 checkout and he was suddenly on the verge at 8-6 up.
From there the revival was complete as he claimed the victory to dispel the mini comeback from Lewis and move into the semi-finals.
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The Masters 2020 schedule
Sunday February 2, afternoon session (starts 12:45)
Adrian Lewis (92.47) 6 (19) 10 (88.04) Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall
Tags: 2020 Masters, Michael Smith
Michael Smith reaches the Semi-Finals of the Masters for the very first time after a 10-6 victory over Adrian Lewis!
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Author: Samuel Gill