Players Championship Seven: Michael Smith beats Adrian Lewis in final

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Michael Smith secured his second ranking victory of the year with a 6-2 win over Adrian Lewis in the final of Players Championship Seven at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday.

The Unibet Premier League star followed up his victory in a Coral UK Open Qualifier in February by scooping the £10,000 top prize in the first of two Players Championships being held this weekend.

Smith had whitewashed Raymond van Barneveld in the Premier League in Liverpool on Thursday, and maintained that form with a brutal 113 average in his 6-0 first round win over Eddie Dootson - who will be the St Helens ace's best man at his forthcoming wedding!

Smith then overcame Gary Eastwood and Jermaine Wattimena, seeing off the latter in a deciding leg, before claiming another whitewash victory, against Kyle Anderson.

A 6-4 quarter-final win over James Wilson was followed by a narrow semi-final defeat of St Helens rival Dave Chisnall, who missed the bull to snatch victory in their decider.

There was a strong start to the final for Lewis with a 13-darter, but Smith levelled in 14 darts and then took out a stunning 158 checkout to break throw and lead 2-1 after the Stoke ace turned down a chance to throw for the bull.

Lewis hit back to level with another 13-dart leg, but Smith took out 130 on the bull to regain his lead, tops to hold and then 81 for a 5-2 cushion before closing out the win.

"I think the last Players Championship I won was in Benidorm in 2012 so I've had to wait six years for this and I'm over the moon now," said Smith.

"I got lucky against Jermaine Wattimena and in the last three legs I went 12, 11 and 13 and I was 5-3 down again against Dave Chisnall in the semis and managed to pull it out of the bag.

"Adrian let me in twice for two decent finishes, I pinged them and didn't look back."

The defeat for Lewis denied him a first ranking title since April 2017, although the run to the final was the 33-year-old's best finish of this year as he continues his bid to return to the world's top 16.

Lewis opened the day with a fine 6-3 defeat of Raymond van Barneveld, repeated the scoreline against Ritchie Edhouse and then whitewashed Jamie Lewis.

The two-time world champion then produced a further trio of 6-3 scorelines as he saw off Nathan Aspinall, Stephen Bunting and Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the final, with his mid-range finishing around the 120 mark proving crucial in his progress.

Young Dutchman De Zwaan impressed as he battled to claim a spot in a third final of the year.

He was taken to a deciding leg by Jarred Cole, Jan Dekker, Robert Thornton and Max Hopp during the event, although his highlight was a stunning 6-0 whitewash of Benito van de Pas in which De Zwaan averaged 116.

Chisnall was aiming to reach a second successive Players Championship final as he overcame Martin Schindler, Devon Petersen, Ron Meulenkamp, Chris Dobey and John Henderson on the day.

Stephen Bunting followed up Friday night's nine-darter in a Eurpean Tour UK Qualifier with a run to the quarter-finals, while Henderson, Wilson and Hopp also won through to the last eight.

The Players Championship weekend concludes on Sunday with Players Championship Eight in Barnsley.

Players Championship Seven results

Last 16

  • Peter Wright 6-2 Scott Darbyshire
  • Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Josh Payne
  • Arron Monk 6-2 Steve West
  • Zoran Lerchbacher 6-5 Simon Stevenson
  • Stephen Bunting 6-2 Toni Alcinas
  • Ross Smith 6-4 Robbie Green
  • Jonny Clayton 6-2 Terry Temple
  • Vincent Kamphuis 6-4 Jim Brown
  • Gary Anderson 6-3 Martin Atkins (Wigan)
  • Jamie Lewis 6-5 Paul Rowley
  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
  • Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Simon Preston
  • Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Matthew Edgar
  • Darren Johnson 6-5 Mickey Mansell
  • Alan Norris 6-4 Mark Dudbridge
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-2 George Killington
  • Madars Razma 6-2 Joe Cullen
  • Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Joe Murnan
  • Robert Thornton 6-2 Danny Noppert
  • Kevin Painter 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
  • Jan Dekker 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
  • Ricky Evans 6-0 Steve Hine
  • Benito van de Pas 6-3 Jose Justicia
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Jarred Cole
  • Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mick McGowan
  • Dennis Nilsson 6-3 John Goldie
  • Jamie Caven 6-5 Keegan Brown
  • Alan Tabern 6-5 Brendan Dolan
  • Darren Webster 6-3 Andrew Gilding
  • Ryan Harrington 6-4 Robert Marijanovic
  • Jamie Bain 6-5 Steve Beaton
  • Max Hopp 6-0 Tony Newell
  • Michael Smith 6-0 Eddie Dootson
  • Gary Eastwood 6-5 Jeffrey de Graaf
  • Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Ted Evetts
  • Prakash Jiwa 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • James Wade 6-2 Maik Langendorf
  • Steve Lennon 6-2 Paul Nicholson
  • Kyle Anderson 6-5 Christian Kist
  • Mark Webster 6-0 Peter Hudson
  • Ian White 6-1 Peter Jacques
  • Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Mario Robbe
  • Vincent van der Voort 6-1 John Davey
  • Ryan Joyce 6-3 John Part
  • Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Simon Whitlock
  • Michael Barnard 6-3 Sven Groen
  • James Wilson 6-3 Terry Jenkins
  • Kevin Burness 6-4 Mark Wilson
  • Dave Chisnall 6-5 Martin Schindler
  • Devon Petersen 6-2 Scott Taylor
  • Justin Pipe 6-0 Ross Twell
  • Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Chris Quantock
  • Ryan Searle 6-5 Mervyn King
  • Chris Dobey 6-5 Bradley Brooks
  • James Richardson 6-1 Richard North
  • Tytus Kanik 6-5 Jason Cullen
  • Rob Cross 6-5 Aden Kirk
  • Wayne Jones 6-5 Luke Humphries
  • Cristo Reyes 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts
  • Robert Owen 6-3 Ryan Meikle
  • John Henderson 6-2 Adam Hunt
  • Stephen Burton 6-0 Dawson Murschell
  • Gerwyn Price 6-0 Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Diogo Portela

Last 64

  • Peter Wright 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
  • Arron Monk 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
  • Stephen Bunting 6-5 Ross Smith
  • Vincent Kamphuis 6-4 Jonny Clayton
  • Jamie Lewis 6-4 Gary Anderson
  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
  • Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Darren Johnson
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Alan Norris
  • Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Madars Razma
  • Robert Thornton 6-5 Kevin Painter
  • Jan Dekker 6-5 Ricky Evans
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-0 Benito van de Pas
  • Daryl Gurney 6-2 Dennis Nilsson
  • Jamie Caven 6-3 Alan Tabern
  • Darren Webster 6-2 Ryan Harrington
  • Max Hopp 6-1 Jamie Bain
  • Michael Smith 6-3 Gary Eastwood
  • Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Prakash Jiwa
  • James Wade 6-2 Steve Lennon
  • Kyle Anderson 6-4 Mark Webster
  • Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Ian White
  • Ryan Joyce 6-2 Vincent van der Voort
  • Michael Barnard 6-4 Jimmy Hendriks
  • James Wilson 6-2 Kevin Burness
  • Dave Chisnall 6-3 Devon Petersen
  • Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Justin Pipe
  • Chris Dobey 6-3 Ryan Searle
  • Tytus Kanik 6-5 James Richardson
  • Rob Cross 6-2 Wayne Jones
  • Cristo Reyes 6-3 Robert Owen
  • John Henderson 6-3 Stephen Burton
  • Gerwyn Price 6-1 Ronnie Baxter

Last 32

  • Peter Wright 6-2 Arron Monk
  • Stephen Bunting 6-4 Vincent Kamphuis
  • Adrian Lewis 6-0 Jamie Lewis
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
  • Robert Thornton 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Jan Dekker
  • Daryl Gurney 6-5 Jamie Caven
  • Max Hopp 6-5 Darren Webster
  • Michael Smith 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Kyle Anderson 6-3 James Wade
  • Ryan Joyce 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • James Wilson 6-4 Michael Barnard
  • Dave Chisnall 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
  • Chris Dobey 6-4 Tytus Kanik
  • Cristo Reyes 6-5 Rob Cross
  • John Henderson 6-3 Gerwyn Price
  • Last 1 6
  • Stephen Bunting 6-4 Peter Wright
  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Robert Thornton
  • Max Hopp 6-4 Daryl Gurney
  • Michael Smith 6-0 Kyle Anderson
  • James Wilson 6-4 Ryan Joyce
  • Dave Chisnall 6-0 Chris Dobey
  • John Henderson 6-4 Cristo Reyes

Last Eight

  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Stephen Bunting
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Max Hopp
  • Michael Smith 6-4 James Wilson
  • Dave Chisnall 6-2 John Henderson

Last Four

  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Michael Smith 6-5 Dave Chisnall

Final

  • Michael Smith 6-2 Adrian Lewis

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