The final session of action is here at the 2020 Masters with four of the best players in the world left to duke it out to become the winner in Milton Keynes.

As well as a first time winner at that. This has been the case ever since Michael van Gerwen and James Wade bowed out in the first few days.

Michael Smith has yet to claim a TV major and he could end that wait tonight but will have to get past Nathan Aspinall first to give himself a chance.

Both have played brilliantly so far in Milton Keynes. Smith defeated Adrian Lewis earlier this afternoon in a 10-6 win backing up a brilliant first round display against Mensur Suljovic and has shown some good early season form which is a good sign for ‘Bully Boy’ who bowed out early at the PDC World Championship.

He will take on a debutant though but someone who already has a major title on his resume in Nathan Aspinall. The UK Open champion saw off Jonny Clayton this afternoon but did have some trouble getting over the line.

He was 9-5 up but only ran out a 10-8 winner and for Smith, he will hope that he has a similar stutter to the finishing line tonight. This came after he eased past James Wade in the first round. Overall it is an interesting contest but one that should capture the imagination.

As should Peter Wright against Gary Anderson. Both World Cup winning teammates and now both World Champions, it is a contest which has even higher stakes than before.

Wright has continued where he left off in Milton Keynes coming through a tough tie against Joe Cullen before whitewashing Dave Chisnall earlier this afternoon. He will be many fans man to beat going into tonight.

He will take on a red-hot Anderson though in what could easily be match of the weekend. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ produced a vintage display earlier where he defeated Gerwyn Price 10-2 hitting a 102.4 average with 10/16 on the doubles. If both can catch light, it could be an unmissable contest.

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Evening Session (1900 GMT)

Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith
Peter Wright v Gary Anderson

Aspinall/Smith v Wright/Anderson

Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC


Author: Samuel Gill