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Smith close again!

Posted by Unicorn at 13:58 on 12th June 2017 in Unicorn Darts News

Smith close again!

Unicorn ace Michael Smith was chasing back-to-back Euro Tour titles, but came up just short at the European Matchplay in Germany.

It was Michael van Gerwen who took the title in Hamburg, as he saw off Mensur Suljovic 6-3 in the final.

Smith played superbly all day but lost out to Van Gerwen in the semi-finals after missing several great chances. "I can't believe I blew it but that's why he is the World No.1" was the Unicorn star's verdict.

The St Helens sharp shooter won the Gibraltar Darts Trophy last month but in the semi-final he missed key doubles to level twice and despite a superb 144 finish he let Van Gerwen off the hook and the Dutchman won 6-3.

Earlier Smith was a 6-2 winner against Andy Hamilton in the last 16, then won a high quality all Unicorn quarter-final against Joe Cullen.

He looked unstoppable as he raced into a 4-0 lead with finishes of 112, 108 and 70. Cullen came back with a stunning 160 check-out but he couldn't stop Smith who also took out 90 on the bull. Cullen had come from 3-4 down to beat Vincent van der Voort in the last 16.

Also at the last 16 stage, Kyle Anderson went out 6-3 to Stephen Bunting and Ian White lost in a final leg decider to Dave Chisnall.

James Wade was beaten 6-2 by Aussie Anderson in round two and Kim Huybrechts was edged out in a last leg decider by Peter Hudson who went on to reach the quarter-finals.

Unicorn youngster Chris Dobey bowed out in round one, losing 6-5 to Peter Jacques.

European Matchplay results:


Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Cristo Reyes 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Michael Smith 6-2 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Peter Hudson


Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Cristo Reyes
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Michael Smith


Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Mensur Suljovic


Meanwhile it was also another big weekend on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour with four more events in Milton Keynes.

It was a terrific weekend for former World Championship finalist Mark Dudbridge. He won tournament 15, beating Kevin Edwards 5-4 and 24 hours earlier 'Flash' lost the final of event 13 as South Africa's Warwick Sheffer secured a maiden Tour victory.

Kevin McDine and Matthew Edgar were the other winners.

Report from STUART PYKE

Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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