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Michael Smith sees off Peter Wright at the World Series Finals as Joyce stuns Van den Bergh

Jamie Shaw in World Series Finals 17 Sep 2022
Smith sees off Snakebite (Photo by Kelly Deckers/PDC)

Michael Smith turned on the style to knock Peter Wright out of the 2022 World Series Finals in Amsterdam on Saturday, while Jonny Clayton and Ryan Joyce also impressed.

US Masters champion Smith, who was beaten by Wright in January’s World Championship final, averaged 107.4 in a blistering display as he sealed a 6-4 victory and a place in the Quarter-Finals.

The reigning World Champion averaged almost 103 in reply, but paid the price for missed doubles in three successive legs as Smith opened up a 4-1 lead.

Legs of 14 and 12 darts saw Wright pull back to 5-4 behind, but a 101 checkout saw Smith complete a superb display with six doubles from 11 attempts and five 180s to boot.

Meanwhile, Ryan Joyce was one of only two unseeded players to progress to Sunday’s Quarter-Finals after he overcame a struggling Dimitri van den Bergh 6-2.

The Tyneside qualifier averaged 97.5 in an assured display as he punished six missed darts at doubles from the Belgian.

Joyce will now face Dirk van Duijvenbode in the Last Eight after the home favourite dispatched Gary Anderson 6-3 in the opening match of the night.

Van Duijvenbode punished 12 missed darts at doubles from a wasteful Anderson as he reeled off four consecutive legs from 3-2 behind to claim victory.

Four-time World Series Finals winner Michael van Gerwen delighted the AFAS Live crowd with a 6-4 defeat of Damon Heta, though the Australian had hit back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 and 4-3.

The Dutchman levelled with a 14-darter, then punished missed doubles from his opponent to move 5-4 up before double nine secured the win.

Reigning champion Jonny Clayton stormed to a 6-2 victory over Danny Noppert with a 104.4 average and four maximums.

UK Open champion Noppert took out 110 to get off the mark in leg three, but finishes of 118 and 146 in successive legs – alongside a second 12-darter of the game – helped Clayton surge through.

Gerwyn Price, the 2020 champion, prevailed against Matt Campbell in a tense deciding leg after the Canadian pushed the world number one all the way.

Campbell finished 115, 76, 85 and 70 to share the opening eight legs, before breaking throw with a 101 checkout to move 5-4 ahead.

Price took out 113 to save the contest and utilised the advantage of throw in the decider to pin double ten and progress.

Price now plays Joe Cullen in the Quarter-Finals, after the Masters champion also went the distance to see off Dave Chisnall, who squandered eight match darts.

Chisnall led 2-0 and 5-2, but saw two match darts go begging in leg eight and six more in the tenth, before Cullen snatched victory in the decider with the aid of a timely maximum.

James Wade, the 2018 champion, closed out a hard-fought 6-4 success over America’s Leonard Gates, who hit back from 5-1 down to cut the gap to one leg before the left-hander got over the line.


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World Series of Darts Finals 2022 Day Two Results

Saturday September 17

Second Round

Gary Anderson 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wade 6-4 Leonard Gates
Joe Cullen 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Dimitri Van den Bergh 2-6 Ryan Joyce
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Matt Campbell
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Damon Heta
Michael Smith 6-4 Peter Wright
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Danny Noppert

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