Michael Smith edged out Jamie Hughes in a brilliant World Matchplay comeback from ‘Bully Boy’ who came from 6-3 behind against the debuting Tipton ace who impressed on the Winter Gardens stage.

Smith spoke afterwards and admitted that while he was pleased with how he played his throw still doesn’t feel good. He added that for him he wants to break his duck in the tournament and reach the Quarter-Finals at least.

“I’m happy to win that,” said Smith. “My throw doesn’t feel good but I was pleased with how I played in the second half of the game.

“At 4-1 down I had to fire and when I got it back to six-all I had to put the pressure on Jamie. The 120 was a big shot and the 130 was a nice way to win it.

“This tournament has never been good to me, so I want to get to the quarter-finals this year to finally get past the second round stage.”

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Author: Samuel Gill