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Damon Heta victory in Russell Stewart classic

Damon Heta capped off a great weekend of darts by winning the Russell Stewart Classic on Sunday, defeating in the final the other winner on Day 2, Steve Fitzpatrick.
The opening leg was won by Heta on throw before he stole the early momentum in the next leg and had his chance to take the leg but missed the bull and Fitzpatrick was able to win the leg on is next visit.
Heta opened with 100 on throw in the third leg and with a 90 left himself requiring 145. He secured another 90 on his next visit and with his opponent on 140 took the leg at his next visit.
A poor visit midway through the middle of the next leg from Fitzpatrick gave Heta an opening which he took to move to 127. Heta left 28 as Fitzpatrick chased 155 but could only gain 70 of it. Heta then secured the first break of the match with his first dart at the next visit to the oche. Despite Fitzpatrick opening well Heta was able to top it on his next visit with a 180 and within nine darts he required 122. He left 24 after his next visit and went to a 4 – 1 lead with his 13th dart of the leg.
Again mid leg Heta jumped on half a chance presented to him by Fitzpatrick and had the darts against the throw. With another ton visit Heta left 121 and had six darts to get it. A strong visit left Fitzpatrick on 76 but with his sixth dart chasing the 121 Heta secured a second break and 5-1 lead.
After opening tons from both players Heta threw 140 to move well ahead of his Tasmanian opponent. Moving from 261 to 205 was just a blip for Heta as he redressed the situation by moving from 205 to 75 at his next visit. He then missed a match dart at tops on his next time at the oche but with Fitzpatrick on 112 Heta had another go and secured the double ten required with his last dart in hand, a check out that had done him so well the previous night as well. The final score was 6-1.
Heta was once more honoured to win. “It is a true honour to have my name added to the list of winners of the Russell Stewart classic, he is a true legend of the game. I have worked hard for this season and this was a great way to start. Team misfits has really helped me concentrate on just throwing darts and I am so thankful to them for all that they have done. I now look forward to building on this success throughout the season.”
Earlier Fitzpatrick had outlasted Koha Kokiri, winning 5-4. The other semi final had been clearer, with Heta defeating former World Championship representative GG Mathers 5-2. All four players had won their quarter finals 5-4, Heta over David Platt, Fitzpatrick over Rob Modra, Mathers over Rhys Mathewson, and Kokiri over Haupai Puha.
Final
Steve Fitzpatrick 1-6 Damon Heta
Top 4
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-4 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 5-2 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 8
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-4 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 4-5 Koha Kokiri
Damon Heta 5-4 David Platt
Rhys Mathewson 4-5 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 16
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-3 Mick Lacey
Brendan McCausland 3-5 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 5-2 Mike Bonser
Koha Kokiri 5-2 Aaron Delvendiep
Damon Heta 5-2 Ryan Lynch
David Platt 5-3 Tony Welland
Ben Robb 3-5 Rhys Mathewson
Shane Tichowitch 3-5 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 32
Raymond Smith 3-5 Steve Fitzpatrick
Mick Lacey 5-0 Jack Sinclair
Brendan McCausland 5-2 Barry Jouannet Jnr.
Rob Modra 5-1 Dave Marland
Haupai Puha 5-2 Raymond O’Donnell
Mike Bonser 5-1 Mathew Leahy
Aaron Devlvendiep 5-2 Andrew Eagers
Damon Heta 5-1 Mick Anderson
Ryan Lynch 5-3 Russell Stewart
Tim Pusey 2-5 David Platt
Tony Welland 5-3 Jack Deveries
Ben Robb 5-0 Kenny Kennedy
Rhys Mathewson 5-4 Dayle Burton-Pye
Shane Tichowitch 5-1 Paul Cotton
Gordon-Glen Mathers 5-2 James Doherty
Koha Kokiri 5-1 Leigh Giblin

HARROWS PRO TOUR DAY 4 NSW

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this Sunday at the Warilla Bowls and recreation Club, Warilla NSW.
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Events 1-3 DPA 2019 Harrows ProTour

PDC World Championship player James Bailey continued his tradition of winning at least one event over the first weekend of the season as he secured the very first event at the Harrows Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club ProTour. In the final of event one he defeated World Series of Darts finals representative Damon Heta 6-2.
The semi finals had seen both finalists defeat two stars of the Australian game who are both on the comeback trail with Bailey defeating Shane Tichowitsch 6-4 and Heta defeating former Melbourne World Series of Darts representative Rhys Mathewson 6-1.
The depth of the quality of Australian darts was on evidence when the quarter final losers included the likes of World Championship player Ray Smith, former World Youth championship player Robbie King, and World Series of Darts representatives Justin Thompson and Haupai Puha (who also leads the DPNZ tour at present.)
Bailey was obviously delighted to have got through. “That was one of the toughest fields I have ever played in. I defeated Koha Kokiri, Steve Fitzpatrick, Rob Modra, Ray Smith, Shane Tichowitsch and Damon Heta. It is hard to find a more difficult field than what we saw today so I am obviously delighted to have won tonight.”
The second day started with Bailey making another final, this time the Joe Seymour Memorial pro tour final, and event two on the tour calendar, but World Youth Championship player Steve Fitzpatrick took centre stage and won the match in a last leg thriller, 6 legs to 5.
In the final Fitzpatrick won the throw and opened with 95 as Bailey responded with a ton. The young Team Rebel player responded with a 135 and with visits of 58 and 99 moved to a first attempted check out (of 114). It took a couple of visits but Fitzpatrick secured the first leg.
Bailey then started with 57 on his throw but his opponent could not take full advantage. The leg was tight through the middle stages until a 137 from Bull moved him ahead but a poor follow up of 44 gave Fitzpatrick a chance to close the leg up once more. Sixty from Bailey left him requiring 122 as a 140 left Fitzpatrick requiring 60. With Bailey still needing 48 two darts gave the youngster the second leg, and a break of throw.
The third leg saw Bailey take a slight lead against the throw but a 134 saw Fitzpatrick move to a check out target of 132. At the same time a 132 moved Bailey to 87. Fitzpatrick could not check out the big number and Bailey took back the break at his next visit. Bailey then watched as his opponent could not check out 150 in the next leg and with his first dart in hand Bailey leveled the match.
Still able to win by simply holding throw for the remainder of the match Fitzpatrick opened with a 100 before hitting the first maximum of the match. A follow up 140 gave him the chance of an 11 darter. He was unable to secure that on his next visit and instead left 40 for the leg, which he got with his last dart in hand the following visit.
Bailey had to hold throw in the next leg and opened with a 100 of his own, but that was quickly matched by his opponent. Both players had good visits interspersed with poor visits before Bailey hit his first maximum of the match to leave 24. A 140 from Fitzpatrick left 108 but one dart was enough at the next visit for Bailey to hold throw. Bailey then took an early lead in the next leg although Fitzpatrick responded with two excellent visits to move to requiring 182. A 134 left the Tasmanian on 48 as Queenslander Bailey moved to requiring 98. With his last dart in hand Fitzpatrick held on to the leg.
A 140 start in the next leg from Bailey gave the Queenslander a good early lead and he followed it up with the same. A second 180 from Bailey then left him requiring 41 as his opponent got his own maximum to move to 201. Two darts later and Bailey had drawn the match level once more at four legs all.
Bailey then opened against the throw with a 180. A few darts later and Bailey pounced with 100 to move to 116 being needed. A 78 then left The Bull requiring 38 as a 137 saw Fitzpatrick requiring 40. Bailey held his nerve to take the lead for the first time in the match, 5 legs to 4.
In what could have been the final leg a 140 start from Bailey was followed up by 91 as his opponent could only collect 120 in total from two visits. Fitzpatrick was well behind when Bailey moved from 189 to 130. He then could only move to 100 and Fitzpatrick halved his score required to 140. 60 from Bailey gave his opponent an outside chance but Fitzpatrick could not collect and left 40. Bailey then could not score when chasing the same target giving Fitzpatrick another chance at a leg he should never have been in and with a double ten with last dart in hand he secured the leg.
Fitzpatrick now held the throw and collected 140 from his first visit (Bailey got 100). A ton from the Team Rebel youngster was matched by The Bull on their second visits and 140 from the Tasmanian Fitzpatrick left him needing 121 as yet another 100 left Bailey on 201. Fitzpatrick missed his first match dart with last dart in hand on his next visit and a 114 visit left Bailey requiring 78. Double 7 with his first dart at his next visit gave Fitzpatrick match 6 - 5.
Both players had progressed after semi finals against Koha Kokiri (Bailey) and Rhys Mathewson (Bailey) with both matches finishing 5-2. Once more the depth of the field was in evidence with the losing quarter finalists being Ray Smith, Brendan McCausland, Justin Thompson and Gordon Glenn Mathers.
For Fitzpatrick it was his first win on the DPA tour and almost twelve months on from his father, always a great supporter of his and the game, passing away, it was most poignant. “I am over the moon to win, especially in this field, you would not get a better field in Australia than this one. It is fitting that almost twelve months on from my father’s (James) passing I am able to win a tournament like this one as he did so much for me and my game.”
The Kelvin Boyland Memorial was run on Saturday evening and Damon Heta, from Team Misfits, made another final and this time he made sure the victory was his. His opponent was Haupai Puha and the match finished 6-1 with Heta averaging 100.2.
Heta opened the match with a 140 and his opponent matched it. He then watched Puha move to a check out with a 135 visit leaving the Kiwi needing 135. A 138 left Heta needing tops and with Puha missing out at his next visit, Heta secured the leg with a double ten from his last dart in hand. Heta then got to a check out first on his opponent’s throw with a 140 but missed tops with his last dart for the leg. Puha then missed the bull to hold his throw and the double ten with his last dart once more gave Heta the leg.
Opening visits of 96 and 95 from both players were bettered on their second visits by each with a 180 from Heta and 140 from Puha. Both players left twenty trying to check out and double ten gave Heta the leg for the third time in a row. With his Kiwi opponent on 138 Heta moved from 221 to 41 with a maximum and with Puha unable to convert the big check out Heta went four legs up with two darts at his next visit. In the next leg Heta had six darts from 167 and he needed all of them to take a five nil lead.
On throw Puha was able to win his first leg of the final as he converted 84 with his opponent standing just behind him needing a mere 32 to win the match. If it was to be a revival Heta soon put an end to that thought. Another 180 moved him to 162 and with 122 on his next visit Heta just required tops. He missed that target when he returned to the oche but the trusty double ten was again there and he secured the match with it, six legs to one.
Heta was ecstatic after the match, “With a field of this quality it is a great honour to win. I have put a lot of work in and this is the kind of consistency I am expecting of myself. The season has started well and all I can think for the future is bring it on.”
Earlier Heta had just scraped through 6-4 against Rhys Mathewson, who had made his third semifinal in as many 2019 DPA events. Puha had taken an earlier lead in his semi final only for Raymond Smith to come back and give him a fright before the Kiwi cleared out, winning 6-3. The losing quarter finalists were again fine players, this time being Bill Aitken, Rob Modra, Robbie King and Tim Pusey.
Event 3
Final
Haupai Puha 1-6 Damon Heta
Top 4
Raymond Smith3-6 Haupai Puha
Damon Heta 6-4 Rhys Mathewson
Top 8
Raymond Smith 6-2 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 6-2 Bill Aitken
Damon Heta 6-0 Tim Pusey
Rhys Mathewson 6-4 Robbie King
Top 16
Raymond Smith 6-1 Mick Lacey
Rob Modra 6-1 James Bailey
Haupai Puha 6-4 Raymond O'Donnell
Bill Aitken 6-2 David Hall Snr.
Damon Heta 6-2 Koha Kokiri
Justin Thompson 3-6 Tim Pusey
Ben Robb 5-6 Rhys Mathewson
Shane Tichowitsch 4-6 Robbie King
Top 32
Raymond Smith 6-1 David Platt
Mick Lacey 6-2 Emma Watkins
Rob Modra 6-4 Paul Cotton
James Bailey 6-2 Michael Cassar
Haupai Puha 6-3 Aaron Delvendiep
Raymond O'Donnell 6-4 Laurie Loch
Bill Aitken 6-2 Tremaine Gallagher
Lucas Cameron 3-6 David Hall Snr.
Damon Heta 6-4 Steve Fitzpatrick
Ryan Lynch 2-6 Koha Kokiri
Justin Thompson 6-3 Jack Sinclair
Tim Pusey 6-0 Clayton Collins
Ben Robb 6-0 Trevor Cooke
Rhys Mathewson6-2 Barry Jouannet Jnr.
Shane Tichowitsch 6-3 Russell Stewart
Robbie King 6-4 Matteo Gilr

Event 2
Final
Steve Fitzpatrick 6-5 James Bailey
Top 4
James Bailey 5-2 Koha Kokiri
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-2 Rhys Mathewson
Top 8
Raymond Smith 4-5 James Bailey
Koha Kokiri 5-1 Brendan McCausland
Steve Fitzpatrick 5-2 Justin Thompson
Rhys Mathewson 5-4 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 16
Raymond Smith 5-2 Mick Lacey
James Bailey 5-2 Rob Modra
Haupai Puha 3-5 Koha Kokiri
Brendan McCausland 5-4 Bill Aitken
Matt Leahy 1-5 Steve Fitzpatrick
Wiremu Kurupo 4-5 Justin Thompson
Ben Robb 3-5 Rhys Mathewson
Zinzan Culshaw 3-5 Gordon-Glen Mathers
Top 32
Raymond Smith 5-1 David Platt
Mick Lacey 5-2 Shane Tichowitsch
James Bailey 5-4 Raymond O’Donnell
Rob Modra 5-0 Greg Major
Haupai Puha 5-3 James Doherty
Koha Kokiri 5-1 Jamie Suckling
Lucas Cameron 3-5 Brendan McCausland
Bill Aitken 5-0 Alex Evans
Matt Leahy 5-3 Aaron Delvendiep
Ryan Lynch 2-5 Steve Fitzpatrick
Wiremu Kurupo 5-1 Rebekah Promnitz
Justin Thompson 5-1 Brad Johnson
Ben Robb 5-4 Russell Stewart
Rhys Mathewson 5-4 Lorraine Burn
Robbie King 4-5 Zinzan Culshaw
Gordon-Glen Mathers 5-0 Laurie Loch
Event 1
Final
James Bailey 6 Damon Heta 2
Top 4
James Bailey 6-4 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-1 Rhys Mathewson
Top 8
Raymond Smith 2-6 James Bailey
Haupai Puha 5-6 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-2 Justin Thompson
Rhys Mathewson 6-4 Robbie King
Top 16
Raymond Smith 6-3 Mick Lacey
Rob Modra 3-6 James Bailey
Haupai Puha 6-3 Mike Bonser
Bill Aitken 2-6 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-4 David Platt
Justin Thompson 6-4 Leigh Giblin
Ben Robb 2-6 Rhys Mathewson
Aaron Delvendiep 5-6 Robbie King
Top 32
Raymond Smith 6-2 Dwayne Seabourne
Mick Lacey 6-1 Graeme Lowe
Rob Modra 6-5 Tremaine Gallagher
James Bailey 6-4 Steve Fitzpatrick
Haupai Puha 6-2 Hayden Scott
Mike Bonser 6-0 Manny Kato
Bill Aitken 6-3 Mick King
Brad Thorp 3-6 Shane Tichowitsch
Damon Heta 6-2 Raymond O'Donnell
David Platt 6-1 James Doherty
Justin Thompson 6-2 Greg Major
Tim Pusey 4-6 Leigh Giblin
Ben Robb 6-4 Craig Prizeman
Rhys Mathewson 6-0 Jack Sinclair
Gordon Glen Mathers 3-6 Aaron Delvendiep
Robbie King 6-3 Corey Nauman

HARROWS PRO TOUR DAY 2,

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this weekend at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, Warilla NSW.
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results from Saturdays Matches

HARROWS PRO TOUR EVENT 1 Warilla NSW

The Harrows Pro Tour commences this afternoon at the Warilla Bowls and recreation Club, Warilla, NSW
Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results

Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event 1 Draw Online

The Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour Event 1 Draw is now online .
The event will be held at the DPA's Home of Darts the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, Warilla NSW
Registration time is 4.30pm SHARP for commencement at 5pm
Players NOT registered by 4.30pm will be withdrawn from the event

Event 1

Board 1
Raymond Smith
BYE
Brad Johnson
David Marland
Brad Horton
Wiremu Kurupo
Logan Flegg
Dwayne Seabourne

Board 2
Mick Lacey
John Bunyard
Dean Abbott
Alex Evans
Kevin Todd
Graeme Lowe
Tracey Avis
Ian Dowden

Board 3
Rob Modra
BYE
Sam Hickson
Joe Throup
Peter Primmer
Mick Anderson
Daniel Jacobson
Tremaine Gallagher

Board 4
James Bailey
BYE
David Hall Jnr.
Koha Kokiri
Dave Hanel
Steve Fitzpatrick
Tic Bridge
Tony Pettit

Board 5
Haupai Puha
BYE
Laurie Loch
Dale BurtonPye
Lucas Gray
Hayden Scott
Kim Anderson
Ian Sobey

Board 6
Mike Bonser
BYE
Trevor Cooke
Tony Welland
Mathew Leahy
Manny Kato
Emma Watkins
Lavinia Hogg

Board 7
Bill Aitken
BYE
Michael Conlon
Cody King
Ross Perry
Jen Lange
Mick King
Jayne Marshall

Board 8
Lucas Cameron
BYE
Barry Jouannet Jnr
Brad Thorp
Shane Tichowitsch
Mark Smyth
Matteo Gilr
Paul Bebbington

Board 9
Damon Heta
BYE
Andy Pinder
Stefan Cubrilovic
Rebekah Promnitz
Amanda Loch
Raymond O'Donnell
Russell Stewart

Board 10
Ryan Lynch
Matt Clarke
Don Whittington
David Platt
James Doherty
David Williams
Jamie Rogers
Tanya Page

Board 11
Justin Thompson
BYE
Paul Cotton
Margaret Eagers
Mark Taafe
Jack Deveries
Greg Major
Kalani Hillman

Board 12
Tim Pusey
BYE
Ian Dargan
Steve TePaki
Jess Smiley
Zinzan Culshaw
Greg Walsh
Leigh Giblin

Board 13
Ben Robb
BYE
Marshall Allen
Brendan McCausland
Craig Prizeman
Andrew Eagers
Heath Daley
Jamie Suckling

Board 14
Rhys Mathewson
Lorraine Burn
Clayton Collins
Amanda Stone
Lee Chapman
Nathan Simpson
Jack Sinclair
Debra Soden

Board 15
GordonGlen
Mathers
BYE
Steve Duke Jnr.
Michael Cassar
Jordan Ford
Jackie Milligan
Aaron Delvendiep
David Hall Snr.

Board 16
Robbie King
BYE
Simon Farrell
Teresa Hore
Paul Emmerton
Kenny Kennedy
Daniel Sim
Corey Nauman

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED !

Entries have now closed to the Harrows DPA Australian Pro Tour 1 - 4
The 2019 Harrows DPA Australian Pro tour commences on Feb 1 at the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, Warilla , NSW
$16,000.00 total prize money is on offer as well as a place in the race to the Ally Pally 2019/20
120 Entries have now been accepted to the opening season.

Names are as follows:-

Aaron Delvendiep
Alex Evans
Amanda Loch
Amanda Stone
Andrew Eagers
Andy Pinder
Barry Jouannet Jnr
Ben Robb
Bill Aitken
Brad Horton
Brad Johnson
Brad Thorp
Brendan McCausland
Clayton Collins
Cody King
Colby Dodge
Corey Nauman
Craig Prizeman
Dale Burton-Pye
Damon Heta
Daniel Jacobson
Daniel Sim
Dave Hanel
David Hall Jnr.
David Hall Snr.
David Marland
David Platt
David Williams
Dean Abbott
Debra Soden
Don Whittington
Dwayne Seabourne
Emma Watkins
Gordon-Glen Mathers
Graeme Lowe
Greg Major
Greg Walsh
Haupai Puha
Hayden Scott
Heath Daley
Ian Dargan
Ian Dowden
Ian John
Jack Deveries
Jack Sinclair
Jackie Milligan
James Bailey
James Doherty
Jamie Hales
Jamie Rogers
Jamie Suckling
Jayne Marshall
Jen Lange
Jerry Weyman
Jess Smiley
Joe Throup
John Bunyard
Jordan Ford
Justin Thompson
Kalani Hillman
Kenny Kennedy
Kevin Luland
Kevin Todd
Kim Anderson
Koha Kokiri
Laurie Loch
Lavinia Hogg
Lee Chapman
Leigh Giblin
Logan Flegg
Lorraine Burn
Lucas Cameron
Lucas Gray
Manny Kato
Margaret Eagers
Mark Smyth
Mark Taafe
Marshall Allen
Mathew Leahy
Matt Clarke
Matteo Gilr
Michael Cassar
Michael Conlon
Mick Anderson
Mick King
Mick Lacey
Mike Bonser
Nathan Simpson
Oisin Ahearne
Paul Bebbington
Paul Cotton
Paul Emmerton
Peter Primmer
Raymond O'Donnell
Raymond Smith
Rebekah Promnitz
Rhys Mathewson
Rob Modra
Robbie King
Ross Perry
Ryan Lynch
Sam Hickson
Shane Tichowitsch
Simon Farrell
Stefan Cubrilovic
Steve Duke Jnr.
Steve Fitzpatrick
Steve TePaki
Tanya Page
Teresa Hore
Tic Bridge
Tim Pusey
Tony Pettit
Tony Welland
Tracey Avis
Tremaine Gallagher
Trevor Cooke
William Kurupo
Zinzan Culshaw

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The Brisbane Darts Masters will be held at the BCEC on August 9-10, with the opening day featuring the eight first round ties, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final see the event conclude on day two.

Last year's inaugural World Series event in Brisbane was a huge hit as Rob Cross - then the World Champion - walked away with the title following a thrilling win over world number one Michael van Gerwen.

The World Series of Darts then heads to the Melbourne Arena for the third Melbourne Darts Masters on August 16-17, with Peter Wright having taken the title in 2018.

Tickets for the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters will be available from Monday January 21 from Ticketek via www.ticketek.com.au/darts.

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Van Gerwen Lifts Third World Title

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won the William Hill World Darts Championship for a third time with a 7-3 victory over Michael Smith at London's Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.

The culmination of darts' biggest-ever event saw world number one Van Gerwen produce a dominant display in which he led throughout in the replay of the 2018 Premier League Final.

The Dutchman opened up four-set leads at 4-0 and 6-2, with a determined Smith unable to work his way back into the contest.

In the first World Championship final since 1983 to feature two players under 30 years of age, Van Gerwen completed a 7-3 triumph to walk away with the £500,000 top prize and the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.
"It means the world to me to win this trophy for a third time," said Van Gerwen, who previously tasted victory in 2014 and 2017.

"Everyone knows I've had some difficult times this year, but to win this one is all that matters at the end of the day. This is the best feeling in the world.

"I was a little bit nervous, my body was pumping with adrenaline and to be honest I didn't play as well as I wanted to, but as long as you win that's all that matters.

"Michael is a phenomenal player, he pushed me all the way and I am sure that one day he will win the World Championship.

"I think I probably should've won more than three World Championship titles by now but it is a great feeling to be able to call myself a three-time World Champion. Now it's time for a well-deserved holiday!"

The game began with a stunning 129 checkout on the bullseye from Van Gerwen, setting the tone for the tie before edging the deciding leg to claim the opening set.

The Dutchman was at his relentless best, landing a sublime 126 checkout on his way to winning the second set, and followed it up with the next two sets to double his advantage.

Smith produced a magnificent 124 finish to win the deciding leg of set five to get his first set on the board, and then breezed the sixth set without losing a leg to go within two sets of Van Gerwen.

The world number one quashed any hopes of a Smith comeback, taking the next two sets to go within a leg of victory, only for a dogged Smith to get his third set on the board.

Van Gerwen, who posted his 19th consecutive ton-plus average on the Alexandra Palace stage, found double 16 with his third match dart attempt to claim glory.
"I'm gutted about how the game turned out, I just didn't get going," said Smith.

"I'm annoyed with myself for how I played, and if I took my chances then maybe it would've been a different game.

"I tried way too hard but it's my first World Championship final and I guarantee it won't be my last.

"I guarantee that one day I will lift this trophy."

Van Gerwen and Smith are among the players who will now look ahead to the 2019 Unibet Premier League, which begins in February, after being included in the ten-player field.

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