Michael Smith secures second title of 2018 at Players Championship Seven

A red hot Smith celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael Smith claimed his second raking title of the season at Players Championship Seven courtesy of a 6-2 victory over Adrian Lewis in the final in Barnsley on Saturday.
 
The Premier League star followed up his victory in a UK Open Qualifier in February by continuing his blistering run of form to scoop the £10,000 top prize at the Metrodome.
 
Smith had whitewashed Raymond van Barneveld in the Premier League in Liverpool on Thursday and maintained that form with a stunning 113 average in his 6-0 first round rout of Eddie Dootson - who is due to be his best man at his forthcoming wedding.
 
Smith then overcame Gary Eastwood and Jermaine Wattimena, seeing off the latter in a deciding leg, before claiming another whitewash victory, against Kyle Anderson.
 
A 6-4 quarter-final win over James Wilson was followed by a narrow semi-final defeat of St Helens rival Dave Chisnall, who missed the bull to snatch victory in their decider.
 
Lewis started the final well with a 13-darter, but Smith levelled in 14 darts and then took out a stunning 158 checkout to break throw and lead 2-1 after the Stoke ace turned down a chance to throw for the bull.
 
Lewis hit back to level with another 13-dart leg, but Smith took out 130 on the bull to regain his lead, tops to hold and then 81 for a 5-2 cushion before closing out the win.
 
"I think the last Players Championship I won was in Benidorm in 2012 so I've had to wait six years for this and I'm over the moon now," said Smith, after claiming his ninth senior ranking win.
 
"I got lucky against Jermaine Wattimena and in the last three legs I went 12, 11 and 13 and I was 5-3 down again against Dave Chisnall in the semis and managed to pull it out of the bag.
 
"Adrian let me in twice for two decent finishes, I pinged them and didn't look back.

"I said at the beginning of the year that I wanted to win four titles this year. - the most I've ever done before was three," he added.
 
The defeat for Lewis denied him a first ranking title since April 2017, although the run to the final was the 33-year-old's best finish of this year as he continues his bid to return to the world's top 16.
 
Lewis opened the day with a fine 6-3 defeat of Raymond van Barneveld, repeated the scoreline against Ritchie Edhouse and then whitewashed Jamie Lewis.
 
The two-time World Champion then produced a further trio of 6-3 scorelines as he saw off Nathan Aspinall, Stephen Bunting and Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the final, with his mid-range finishing around the 120 mark proving crucial in his progress.
 
Young Dutchman De Zwaan impressed as he battled to claim a spot in a third final of the year.
 
He was taken to a deciding leg by Jarred Cole, Jan Dekker, Robert Thornton and Max Hopp during the event, although his highlight was a stunning 6-0 whitewash of Benito van de Pas in which De Zwaan averaged 116.
 
Chisnall was aiming to reach a second successive Players Championship final as he overcame Martin Schindler, Devon Petersen, Ron Meulenkamp, Chris Dobey and John Henderson on the day.
 
Stephen Bunting followed up Friday night's nine-darter in a European Tour UK Qualifier with a run to the quarter-finals, while Henderson, Wilson and Hopp also won through to the last eight.
 
The day also featured a nine-dart finish from Nathan Aspinall during his second round win over Alan Norris, before the former World Youth Championship finalist later lost to Lewis in the last 16.

Players Championship Seven Results


Saturday April 7

First Round
Peter Wright 6-2 Scott Darbyshire
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Josh Payne
Arron Monk 6-2 Steve West
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-5 Simon Stevenson
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Toni Alcinas
Ross Smith 6-4 Robbie Green
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Terry Temple
Vincent Kamphuis 6-4 Jim Brown
Gary Anderson 6-3 Martin Atkins
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Paul Rowley
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Simon Preston
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Darren Johnson 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Alan Norris 6-4 Mark Dudbridge
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 George Killington
Madars Razma 6-2 Joe Cullen
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Joe Murnan
Robert Thornton 6-2 Danny Noppert
Kevin Painter 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Jan Dekker 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Ricky Evans 6-0 Steve Hine
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Jose Justicia
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Jarred Cole
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mick McGowan
Dennis Nilsson 6-3 John Goldie
Jamie Caven 6-5 Keegan Brown
Alan Tabern 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Darren Webster 6-3 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Robert Marijanovic
Jamie Bain 6-5 Steve Beaton
Max Hopp 6-0 Tony Newell
Michael Smith 6-0 Eddie Dootson
Gary Eastwood 6-5 Jeffrey de Graaf
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Ted Evetts
Prakash Jiwa 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
James Wade 6-2 Maik Langendorf
Steve Lennon 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Christian Kist
Mark Webster 6-0 Peter Hudson
Ian White 6-1 Peter Jacques
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Mario Robbe
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 John Davey
Ryan Joyce 6-3 John Part
Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Michael Barnard 6-3 Sven Groen
James Wilson 6-3 Terry Jenkins
Kevin Burness 6-4 Mark Wilson
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Martin Schindler
Devon Petersen 6-2 Scott Taylor
Justin Pipe 6-0 Ross Twell
Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Chris Quantock
Ryan Searle 6-5 Mervyn King
Chris Dobey 6-5 Bradley Brooks
James Richardson 6-1 Richard North
Tytus Kanik 6-5 Jason Cullen
Rob Cross 6-5 Aden Kirk
Wayne Jones 6-5 Luke Humphries
Cristo Reyes 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts
Robert Owen 6-3 Ryan Meikle
John Henderson 6-2 Adam Hunt
Stephen Burton 6-0 Dawson Murschell
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Diogo Portela

Second Round
Peter Wright 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Arron Monk 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Ross Smith
Vincent Kamphuis 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Gary Anderson
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Darren Johnson
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Alan Norris - *Aspinall hits nine-dart finish*
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Madars Razma
Robert Thornton 6-5 Kevin Painter
Jan Dekker 6-5 Ricky Evans
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-0 Benito van de Pas
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Dennis Nilsson
Jamie Caven 6-3 Alan Tabern
Darren Webster 6-2 Ryan Harrington
Max Hopp 6-1 Jamie Bain
Michael Smith 6-3 Gary Eastwood
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Prakash Jiwa
James Wade 6-2 Steve Lennon
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Mark Webster
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Ian White
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Barnard 6-4 Jimmy Hendriks
James Wilson 6-2 Kevin Burness
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Devon Petersen
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Justin Pipe
Chris Dobey 6-3 Ryan Searle
Tytus Kanik 6-5 James Richardson
Rob Cross 6-2 Wayne Jones
Cristo Reyes 6-3 Robert Owen
John Henderson 6-3 Stephen Burton
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Ronnie Baxter
Losers: £500

Last 32
Peter Wright 6-2 Arron Monk
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Vincent Kamphuis
Adrian Lewis 6-0 Jamie Lewis
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Robert Thornton 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Jan Dekker
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Jamie Caven
Max Hopp 6-5 Darren Webster
Michael Smith 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Kyle Anderson 6-3 James Wade
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
James Wilson 6-4 Michael Barnard
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Chris Dobey 6-4 Tytus Kanik
Cristo Reyes 6-5 Rob Cross
John Henderson 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Robert Thornton
Max Hopp 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith 6-0 Kyle Anderson
James Wilson 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Chris Dobey
John Henderson 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Max Hopp
Michael Smith 6-4 James Wilson
Dave Chisnall 6-2 John Henderson
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Michael Smith 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Losers: £3,000

Final
Michael Smith 6-2 Adrian Lewis
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000


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