US Darts Masters results: Nathan Aspinall crowned champion on World Series debut

Nathan Aspinall wins the US Darts Masters (Picture: Lucas Peltier/PDC)
Nathan Aspinall wins the US Darts Masters (Picture: Lucas Peltier/PDC)

Nathan Aspinall's produced a scintillating display to defeat Michael Smith 8-4 in the final of the US Darts Masters in Las Vegas.

The UK Open champion, who was making his World Series debut virtue of his stunning maiden TV title, produced a personal best televised average of 106.7, hit five 180s and pinned eight of his 11 darts at doubles.

It was a truly special final between the pair that got off to a particularly explosive start, with Aspinall opening up with an incredible 10-darter that included a bounce out while back-to-back 180s with his first two visits of the next made it 15 perfect darts in a row.

However, Bully Boy threw a maximum of his own in this stunning flurry of darts before a 130 checkout completed a 12-darter to level the scores.

The next three legs were shared before the World Championship semi-finalist moved into a 4-2 lead thanks to a 12-darter sealing ton plus finish of his own - this time from 120 - although Smith quickly responded with finishes from 118 and 87 to restore parity.

They were the last legs Smith managed to win as the Stockport man, who survived a match dart from Peter Wright in the semi-finals (scroll down for more details on that), blazed towards the finishing line with four legs on the spin without a missed double to seal the second televised title of his ever blossoming career and take home £20,000.

It's the 27-year-old's third PDC title overall having won his first in a Players Championship floor event in 2018 - a year which began with him earning back his Tour Card.

He said: It's absolutely fantastic for me. I played really well in the semis but the way I started in the final was superb. I've never had a performance like that on stage and to do it in the final, I'm a very happy man.

"Growing up you want to play in front of the biggest crowds in the biggest arenas in the best countries. The UK Open was massive for me and I wanted to make a good show of myself coming to Las Vegas - it was the top seven players in the world and me!

"To come out on top and win the whole thing is brilliant. I'm enjoying life, loving my darts and reaping the rewards for the hard work I've been putting in.

"I've had an incredible time in Vegas. The crowd were on my side from the start and gave me brilliant support - and hopefully I'll be here next year to defend my title."

Smith, who misses out on a second World Series title having won last year's Shanghai Darts Masters, was happy with his day that began with victory over Michael van Gerwen.

He said: "It's nice to have reached the final but Nathan was too good there. I was chasing it from the start.

"Nathan played really well but I got myself back into it at four-all and that was my chance. Then my first dart started dropping low and I was chasing trebles.

"I played well against Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals and it was nice to get the win there. I've reached the World Championship final, the semi-finals of the UK Open and the final in Las Vegas, so it's not too bad."

Semi-Final round-up

Michael Smith followed up his victory over Michael van Gerwen by powering past Gerwyn Price 8-4 to reach the US Darts Masters final.

Bully Boy averaged almost 102 and hit five 180s in a dominant performance as he reached his third PDC final of the season but first on TV since being 2019 World Championship runner-up.

The St Helens man set the tone with an 11-darter in the opening leg and after moving 2-0 up he always kept his nose in front before surging clear at 7-3 after winning another three on the trot.

Price pulled one back before Smith completed the job with a clinical 14-darter to book his spot in the final.

Nathan Aspinall joined him after surviving a match dart against Peter Wright in a dramatic deciding leg.

The UK Open champion, making his World Series debut, trailed 2-0 early on before a stunning 161 checkout helped him draw level at 3-3.

Another big 126 finish was required to level at 6-6 but a missed bull for an 86 checkout in the next leg proved costly as Wright managed to move 7-6 up.

The Asp dug deep to force a decider and although he initially spurned two darts at tops to take it, his opponent also missed the same target and the Stockport man made no mistake at the third time of asking.

Quarter-Final round-up

Gerwyn Price ended Gary Anderson's reign as US Darts Masters champion in the quarter-finals as they met for the first time since last year's controversial Grand Slam of Darts final.

The Flying Scotsman was bidding to gain a small measure of revenge for what happened on 'that' night in Wolverhampton when Price claimed his maiden televised title - but once again the Iceman came out on top.

This was a much more sporting affair to the one which saw the Welshman slapped with an unprecedented £21,500 fine by the Darts Regulation Authority - which he is currently appealing - and Price fully deserved his battling 8-6 victory.

In a match which featured six 180s apiece, Anderson looked in early trouble when Price opened with 12 and 13 dart leg to go 2-0 up and although he managed to take the next two legs, he fell 4-2 behind after the former rugby player rallied with back-to-back 13 darters.

The Flying Scotsman, who recently won the World Cup of Darts for the first time with Peter Wright, landed six perfect darts in a 12-darter in leg eight to level matters once again before taking the ninth with a 13-darter.

Price, who averaged 99 compared to his opponent's 95, restored parity before Anderson's 106 checkout edged him back ahead but this was the last get he'd win as the Welshman reeled off three on the spin.

Earlier, Michael Smith ended a run of five successive defeats to Michael van Gerwen, dating back to last July's Shanghai Darts Masters, with an 8-6 victory.

Bully Boy was runner-up to MVG at the World Championship and also lost both Premier League encounters during this miserable head-to-head run but now he's stopped the rot.

Van Gerwen was well below his best, averaging just 89, hitting one maximum and missing 12 of his 18 attempts at doubles.

Credit must go to Smith who was 6-4 down at one stage before taking four legs on the spin, including a closing 128 checkout to complete a match-winning 12-darter.

Nathan Aspinall's World Series debut rolled out with an impressive 8-5 victory over Rob Cross in a repeat of the UK Open final.

The Stockport ace, who averaged over 100, blasted out of the blocks to lead 3-0 thanks to 12, 13 and 12 darters - with the latter sealed by a 121 checkout - but a 4-2 lead was soon wiped out by the improving Cross as the former world champion moved 5-4 up.

Aspinall levelled the match before a stunning 10-darter edged him ahead and his job was then made easier when Voltage capitulated on his doubles, missing six in one leg.

Peter Wright booked his place in the US Darts Masters semi-finals with a fine comeback to defeat Daryl Gurney 8-6 in the last of the quarter-final contests.

Northern Irish ace Gurney produced a superb four-leg burst from 2-1 down to move 5-2 up, landing two 13-darters and a 112 finish along the way.

An 11-darter, which featured six perfect darts, from Wright saw him kick-start his challenge, before finishes of 93 and 80 hepled him to move 6-5 up with four straight legs.

Gurney levelled in leg 12, but Wright hit tops to regain the edge before punishing six missed doubles from his rival to complete the win on double 18.

Tournament results

Thursday July 4
First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Gerwyn Price 6-4 Gary Mawson
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Shawn Brenneman
  • Daryl Gurney 6-1 Daniel Baggish
  • Michael Smith 6-4 Jim Long
  • Rob Cross 6-0 Leonard Gates
  • Gary Anderson 6-4 Elliot Milk
  • Peter Wright 6-5 Jeff Smith
  • Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Darin Young

Friday July 5
Quarter-Finals (Best of 15 legs)
TV Coverage: ITV4 from 8pm BST

  • Michael van Gerwen 6-8 Michael Smith
  • Gary Anderson 6-8 Gerwyn Price
  • Rob Cross 5-8 Nathan Aspinall
  • Daryl Gurney 6-8 Peter Wright

Semi-Finals (Best of 15 legs)

  • Michael Smith 8-4 Gerwyn Price
  • Nathan Aspinall 8-7 Peter Wright

Final (Best of 15 legs)

  • Nathan Aspinall 8-4 Michael Smith

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