MICHAEL Smith’s golden form continued as he found glory at the 2023 Bahrain Darts Masters, beating Gerwyn Price 8-6 in Friday’s final.
The inaugural Bahrain Darts Masters, in partnership with the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority, saw 16 players compete over two days at The Dome on the Bahrain International Circuit.
While the eight PDC stars defeated the eight Asian representatives on day one, it was World Champion Smith who secured the £20,000 title and a third World Series triumph.
The success was also Smith’s third televised title in as many months, following the Grand Slam of Darts and World Championship victories that have catapulted him to the top of the world rankings.
Smith had shone in his first-round win over Abdulnasser Yusuf on Thursday but fell behind 3-1 against Dimitri Van den Bergh in the quarter-finals and also fell early behind against Raymond van Barneveld in the semi-finals.
The St Helens star showed his quality to earn a 7-5 win and then defeated Price in an entertaining final.
The pair shared the first four legs, including Price, who landed six perfect darts in the third before Smith broke for the first time to lead 3-2.
The next two legs were throwing as well, before Smith Legs hit 11 and 13 darts in a burst to take a 7-3 lead.
Price fired an 11-darter and punished missed match darts from Smith in leg 12 as he hit back and was just 7-6 down, but failed to finish 97 to force a crucial leg that gave his rival double five finally seal glory.
“I’m excited,” said Smith. “I have my third World Series title and my wife told me to bring this trophy back and I finally have it.
“I was far from perfect tonight but I have to take my chances when they come.
“I thought maybe it wasn’t my time but I dug deep and came back. Luckily for me, Gez missed and I managed to hit the double five.
“I have to take the rough with the smooth and keep riding this wave – hopefully it keeps going. I’m so happy to win this and it’s been a great week visiting Bahrain for the first time.”
https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/23250527.michael-smith-wins-first-bahrain-darts-masters/?ref=rss Michael Smith wins the inaugural Bahrain Darts Masters