Michael Smith will face off against Rob Cross in the final of the World Matchplay after putting in a brilliant performance to end the dream of Glen Durrant.

Smith spoke afterwards and admitted that he is overwhelmed to be involved in the final especially considering the indifferent year at times he has had on the tour and how people have written him off as a result.

He added that he has shown he can fight and that he knows that he has to get a win soon in a final so will be giving it everything when he faces ‘Voltage’ tonight.

“I’m overwhelmed to be in the final – so happy,” said Smith. “It feels good, especially with the year I’ve had where everyone seems to write me off.

“I’ve shown that I can fight this week and I showed the mental attitude tonight – I had to prove a point.

“I got ahead of Glen and at 8-2 I knew that even if I lost the next two sessions 3-2, 3-2 then he was only making one leg up on me both times. I stayed focused and it all went to plan.”

“I’ve been in finals before and I have to get a win soon,” he added. “If it doesn’t happy tomorrow then I’ll be back stronger, but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”

“As long as I keep believing that I’ll win one, I know for a fact that I will.”

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Author: Samuel Gill