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Michael Smith finally breaks his Major title duck as he seals glory at Wolverhampton Grand Slam of Darts The World Darts Championship comes to Sky Sports from December 15 to January 3 at Alexandra Palace

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Michael Smith finally won a major title at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton on Sunday

Michael Smith finally ended his Duck Major title by clinching his first TV Rankings title with a comprehensive win over Nathan Aspinall in Sunday’s Grand Slam of Darts final.

Smith – who had lost in eight previous major stage finals – fulfilled his fiery destiny with an emphatic 16-5 success against Aspinall in Sunday’s showpiece at Aldersley Leisure Village.

St Helens star Smith was in his fourth televised final of 2022, having succumbed to the World Championship, UK Open and European Championship finals earlier this year.

However, the 31-year-old produced a dominating display to win the £150,000 top prize and become the seventh different winner of the coveted Eric Bristow Trophy.

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Sunday 20 November – Results

Semi-finals (Best of 31 rounds) Raymond van Barneveld 12-16 Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinal 16-12 Luke Humphries
Final (Best of 31 rounds) Michael Smith 16-5 Nathan Aspinal

Smith says he's used to giving runners-up speeches and didn't know how to celebrate his Wolverhampton win

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Smith says he’s used to giving runners-up speeches and didn’t know how to celebrate his Wolverhampton win

Smith says he’s used to giving runners-up speeches and didn’t know how to celebrate his Wolverhampton win

“I’m used to giving the runner-up speech,” joked Smith, who averaged 96, landed nine 180s and converted 50% of his doubles attempts to seal a historic victory.

“I was so nervous. In the first innings I was shaking like crazy, but then Nathan started missing the doubles and let me in.

“Nathan is a quality player and if he had started it would have been a totally different game.

“Every time I had a shot I took it out then started to find my score but my doubles stuck out so happy days!

Smith was overwhelmed with emotion on stage after winning the Grand Slam Of Darts - his first major at the ninth attempt

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Smith was overwhelmed with emotion on stage after winning the Grand Slam Of Darts – his first major at the ninth attempt

Smith was overwhelmed with emotion on stage after winning the Grand Slam Of Darts – his first major at the ninth attempt

Aspinall was relieved to trail just 3-2 in the first interval, after Smith wired the double 14 for a 145 roof check in leg five and the pattern continued after the break, as Smith followed by a two-dart 88 finish with a 13-darter in the 10 leg to extend his lead to 7-3.

The world No. 4 moved quickly into double digits on a crucial 15th leg, completing a two-dart 84 combination via a double 12, after Aspinall missed the same target for a 138 finish.

It proved to be the decisive blow, as Smith reeled off the next six rounds unanswered to storm the title in supreme style, sealing the deal with a two-dart 56 shot over the highs to spark some emotional post-game celebrations.

'Bully Boy' ended his big misfortune as he held up the Eric Bristow trophy

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‘Bully Boy’ ended his big misfortune as he held up the Eric Bristow trophy

‘Bully Boy’ ended his big misfortune as he held up the Eric Bristow trophy

“The hard work starts again now,” insisted Smith, who will be aiming for back-to-back titles at the Cazoo Players Championship final next week in Minehead.

“Nobody can take that away from me now. It’s a big weight on my shoulders.

“I’m going to enjoy it until Thursday then Friday it’s a new event, and now I have this title, who knows?”

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Smith made it through to the final after a sensational display of goalscoring from the St Helens star, which ended Raymond van Barneveld’s fairy tale run to win in a high quality affair.

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“I’m in another final, I’ve got another chance” – Michael Smith on beating Barney to reach the Grand Slam of Darts final

‘Bully Boy’ – who opened the tie with 10- and 12-dart legs – took a 5-0 lead before the 2012 champions Wolverhampton fought back, punishing a host of missed chances from his opponent to equalize at 12-12.

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‘Stop it’ – Smith was seen screaming at his darts but still managed to advance to the Wolverhampton final

‘Stop it’ – Smith was seen screaming at his darts but still managed to advance to the Wolverhampton final

However, the 55-year-old Dutch veteran paid the price for wasting three double darts for 13-13, and Smith took victory with four straight legs, averaging 104 and crashing in an extraordinary 17 180s.

Smith advanced to the final after a resounding semi-final win over the veteran Dutchman

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Smith advanced to the final after a resounding semi-final win over the veteran Dutchman

Smith advanced to the final after a resounding semi-final win over the veteran Dutchman

An emotional Aspinall says he wants

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Emotional Aspinall says he wants to ‘crush’ Smith in Sunday’s final

Emotional Aspinall says he wants to ‘crush’ Smith in Sunday’s final

The second semi-final followed a similar pattern, as Aspinall produced a superb late push to defeat Luke Humphries by the same score of 16-12.

The pendulum continued to swing in the opening exchanges, and although there was nothing to separate the pair after 20 innings, Aspinall delivered in the closing stages to reach his second televised final in as many months.

Aspinall beat Humphries in style by landing that sensational 121 finish

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Aspinall beat Humphries in style by landing that sensational 121 finish

Aspinall beat Humphries in style by landing that sensational 121 finish

The former UK Open champion converted 90 and 124 combinations for 12 successive darts to lead 14-11, and he wrapped up the win with a brilliant 121 finish on the bull to cap off an elegant display.

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