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World Darts Championship: Peter Wright to take on Michael Smith in Monday’s final – Sky Sports

Peter Wright edges Gary Anderson with a 104 average and a record 24 180s! Michael Smith also through to Monday’s showpiece with a 100.98 average and 16 maximums in his victory over James Wade

Last Updated: 03/01/22 1:43am

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Here’s the best of the action from the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship
Here’s the best of the action from the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship

Peter Wright produced a record-breaking 24 maximums to reach Monday’s World Darts Championship final, where he will play Michael Smith.

Wright had to be at his very best against Gary Anderson in a mesmerising encounter which saw a record 39 maximums in total, but it was ‘Snakebite’ who came out on top 6-4 to reach his third final.

Earlier, Michael Smith made it through to his second final in four years with a 6-3 victory over James Wade.

World Darts Championship – Sunday’s Results

James Wade 3-6 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 6-4 Gary Anderson

Wonderful Wright ends Anderson’s hopes in semi-final cracker

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Peter Wright reflected on his incredible encounter with Gary Anderson and his knee injury ahead of Monday’s final
Peter Wright reflected on his incredible encounter with Gary Anderson and his knee injury ahead of Monday’s final

Anderson, who has struggled with a back injury for much of the year, took on compatriot and good friend Wright for a shot at a second successive appearance in the final, but a 13-dart break of throw and a neat 62 finish gave ‘Snakebite’ the opening set against the throw.

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Wright held throw with this 138 ‘Deller’ finish during his clash with fellow Scot Anderson
Wright held throw with this 138 ‘Deller’ finish during his clash with fellow Scot Anderson

Wright, winner in 2020, showed all of his big match experience as he extended his lead in a deciding leg with a 106.09 average before winning a third consecutive set with a clinical 76 break before pinning double 18.

Anderson, champion in both 2015 and 2016, was playing in the last four for the seventh time, and despite Wright’s ‘Deller’ 138 in the third leg of the fourth set, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ got on the board with a massive 92 checkout on two double 18s.

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Anderson claimed the third set with this flashy 92 finish on two double 18s
Anderson claimed the third set with this flashy 92 finish on two double 18s

It was game on when Anderson sealed the next 3-1 with a maximum followed by a 105 checkout to send Ally Pally into a frenzy.

Wright came close to the fourth nine-darter of the tournament in the second leg of the sixth set. After landing eight perfect darts, the Scot went below double 12 for yet more history. He still managed 10, 12 and 15-dart legs on his way to a 4-2 lead.

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‘The Flying Scotman’ nailed this 105 checkout but he began to get more and more frustrated
‘The Flying Scotman’ nailed this 105 checkout but he began to get more and more frustrated

Anderson was not giving up so easily and he reeled Wright back within his sights thanks to a 116.80 average. However, the world No 2 secured the eighth set 3-1 to move within one of the final.

Sixth-ranked Anderson was relishing the fight as he clawed it back to 5-4 against his Scottish compatriot before landing a marvellous 104 in the third leg of the 10th set, it was Wright who fought back before completing a phenomenal victory in an unbelievable contest with a quality 116 checkout.

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World Darts Championship – Monday’s final at the Worlds

Michael Smith vs Peter Wright

‘Bully Boy’ through to second Ally Pally final

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Michael Smith admitted it was a tough game against James Wade but he was delighted to make it through to his second Ally Pally final
Michael Smith admitted it was a tough game against James Wade but he was delighted to make it through to his second Ally Pally final

Smith, runner up to Michael van Gerwen in 2019, snatched a tight opener on throw with double 4 before quickly doubling his lead with a brilliant 114 checkout, averaging 119.14 for the set.

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Smith claimed the second set with this smart 114 finish
Smith claimed the second set with this smart 114 finish

Wade, playing in the semi-final for the first time since 2013, was unable to cope with the scoring power of the St Helens arrowsmith, but despite receiving an absolute pummelling, he somehow snatched the third set with a stunning 121 checkout in the deciding leg after Smith squandered two darts to go 3-0 up.

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Wade’s 121 enabled him to claim a dramatic third set
Wade’s 121 enabled him to claim a dramatic third set

The 38-year-old is an outsider after seeing his ranking plummet in recent weeks, but ‘The Machine’ insists he is enjoying proving people wrong – especially Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle.

He let a two-leg lead slip from his grasp in the fourth set, however, as ‘Bully Boy’ claimed it in a decider to move 3-1 ahead.

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Wade landed his second 121 – this time on the bullseye!
Wade landed his second 121 – this time on the bullseye!

Although Wade pinned a vintage bullseye for his second 121 of the match in the next set, it was Smith who rallied with three legs on the spin to take it.

An 11th maximum followed by a sublime 130 checkout on the bullseye gave Smith an early break in the sixth set, which propelled him to a whitewash set and a comfortable 5-1 advantage.

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‘Bully Boy’ banged in this 130 finish on the bullseye at the start of the sixth set
‘Bully Boy’ banged in this 130 finish on the bullseye at the start of the sixth set

In spite of Smith’s opening 112 to begin the seventh set, it was Wade who buried a brilliant 160 to make it 5-2 and the Aldershot ace made it back-to-back sets after the trebles deserted his opponent.

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Wade won the seventh set with this stunning 160 checkout
Wade won the seventh set with this stunning 160 checkout

The 31-year-old finally booked his ticket in the fourth leg of the ninth set after a sumptuous 150 set-up shot followed by double 10 with his second match dart.

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