Michael Smith edged past Jim Long on the opening day of action at the US Darts Masters with the St Helens ace made to work for his victory and for ‘Bully Boy’ it was just good to get over the winning line.

He added that for him despite form issues as of late, he knows that the form is there but that in reality he’s trying to hard. Next up is Michael van Gerwen and so Smith will be hoping he can play even better against Mighty Mike.

“To get over the winning line was the main thing and it’s nice to get through,” said Smith. “I knew I had a tough game but the 126 saved me and I kept hold of the lead from there.

“I know my game is there but I’m trying to force it at the moment. Form can change from day to do and tomorrow’s a different day.”

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Author: Samuel Gill