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WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Swindon's Smith tumbles out against Lewis
DENNIS Smith admitted he ‘didn’t turn up’ as he tumbled out of the World Darts Championship at the hands of Adrian Lewis last night.
The Swindon player failed to win a leg and didn’t have a single shot at a double as he lost his first round clash 3-0, as 'Jackpot' eased through to round two to face Vincent van der Voort.
Lewis was in control of the contest from start to finish, with 44-year-old Smith never able to trouble him despite hitting a 180 in the third set, and the Swindon player was left frustrated at his early exit.
“It’s so hard because I didn’t turn up, never turned up at all,” he said.
“Everything was great in the practice room and I was feeling nice and relaxed, but when I got up on the stage it just didn’t happen.
“The darts didn’t go in, which annoyed me, but then when he found his form I couldn’t keep up with his pace and it was over. It was one of those days.”
Lewis kicked off the contest with a 120 while Smith only managed 83, before the two-time champion took out 126 to take the opening leg of the contest. The Stoke player outscored Smith on almost every visit as he took the second leg on double eight, with the set sealed in the very next leg with Lewis’ second attempt at double top with Smith way back.
Smith started the second set with a 140 and later hit a ton and a 105, but Lewis took out tops again to edge further ahead before taking the second leg on double four. The set was complete in three legs once again as Lewis took out tops for the second time to make it 2-0.
The Swindon player did manage a 180 in the third set, but it was too little too late as the former world champion took three more legs and eased through.
In the first game of the night, Steve Brown took the first set of his match against Andy Smith but the Pie Man soon levelled things up. Bristol’s Brown was the width of a wire away from a nine-darter in the fourth leg of set two before eventually slipping 2-1 behind, with Smith eventually taking victory in the following set.
Morihiro Hashimoto beat Paul Lim 4-2 in the preliminary round to set up a first round meeting with Michael Smith, but the Japanese qualifier found 32nd seed Smith too hot to handle as he slipped to a 3-1 loss in a game lacking any real quality.
Justin Pipe ambled to a 3-0 victory over Arron Monk in a truly unforgettable contest again short of the standard you would expect from two top players, before Smith and Lewis took centre stage.
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