It’s the showdown the sporting public of St Helens didn’t want at this stage of the Grand Slam of Darts.
Local bragging rights will be at stake when Dave Chisnall meets close friend Michael Smith in the last 16 of the Wolverhampton tournament - both having emerged successfully from the group stages.
Smith, a former world youth champion, topped group C with an unbeaten record and in Tuesday night’s 5-2 hammering of larger-than-life Andy Fordham had finishes of 160,150 and 112.
Chisnall finished runner-up in group D after being crushed 5-1 in his final match by BDO world champion Scott Mitchell.
The St Helens ace, who had hit a nine-dart finish in the round-robin stage against Peter Wright to earn a guaranteed big pay day, still seemed to be on cloud nine from the feat and never got into his stride.
He will certain need to up the ante when he comes face to face with Smith.
Smith said: “I can’t wait to play Dave - he’s my best mate away from the oche.
“He taught me how to play but on stage he is just another player and he is in my way.’’
Second round matches get under way tomorrow (Thursday).