Michael van Gerwen is through to the Champions League of Darts semi-finals with victory over Michael Smith where he survived a comeback from ‘Bully Boy’.
As a result of Van Gerwen winning, Gary Anderson crashes out of the tournament meaning we are going to have a new champion in the event.
Van Gerwen demolished his way to a 5-0 lead to begin proceedings. This included a 118 checkout and as usual he capitalised on missed doubles from Smith to go massively ahead.
Smith though fought back smashing in 127 to put the deficit down to 5-1 and he reduced it further to 5-2. Was it game on for the Bully Boy?
By the interval it was 6-4 to Van Gerwen with Smith taking four out of the previous five legs to drag himself back into contention but despite that it was Mighty Mike who was still leading.
A clinical dart on double eight though saw Van Gerwen go towards the finishing line but despite potentially missing his chance, Smith capitalised on a missed dart on Van Gerwen to go only two behind.
Van Gerwen though established further daylight with a brilliant 74 checkout but despite Smith clawing a leg back, MVG went one away and then secured victory.
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Evening Session Champions League of Darts:
4x Group Matches
Afternoon session’s winning players face each other, and losing players face each other
Rob Cross (94.6) 6-10 (97.6) Daryl Gurney (Group B)
Peter Wright (102.82) 10-8 (100.34) Gerwyn Price (Group B)
Gary Anderson (99.56) 9-10 (95.14) James Wade (Group A)
Michael van Gerwen (100.19) 10-6 (98.24) Michael Smith (Group A)
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VAN GERWEN WINS IT!
Van Gerwen secures a spot in the semi-finals after a 10-6 win over Michael Smith with a 100.19 average!
There will be a new name on the trophy as Gary Anderson is now OUT! pic.twitter.com/1cAGYzCuhS
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 19, 2019
Author: Samuel Gill