Smith picks up first Premier Darts League win

St Helens darts ace Michael Smith
St Helens darts ace Michael Smith

Michael Smith picked up his first win in the Betway Premier Darts League, beating five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 at Exeter.

“It means the world to me to get the win and I can relax now,” said St Helens-born Smith.

“When I was 5-4 down I had nothing to lose and I wanted to throw everything I could into the final few legs.

“All the way through I felt I could win, and when I hit the 180 and 90 finish to go five-all I knew I'd win. I'm not the player to give up and roll over and I never stop fighting.

“I'm on three points now and I'm glad I'm not the person sat at the bottom. I know I can beat every player in this Premier League, I've done it before and I can do it again.”

The 2009 Premier League champion, James Wade, bounced back from two straight losses with a 7-4 win over Smith's fellow St Helens compatriot.

Dave Chisnall, with the left-hander taking out 121, 161 and 102 on his way to a third victory of the season.

“I'm really happy to win," said Wade. “I didn't think I played as well as I did - I've played far better than that in some games and lost, so maybe I was due a win like that.

“Every match is a massive match but I haven't played how I can for the last two or three games I lost them, and maybe I made a little bit of hard work in this but I got there.”

The Betway Premier League continues next Thursday at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, which include's Michael van Gerwen's meeting with Chisnall and the master-versus-pupil meeting between Gary Anderson and his protege, Smith.