Michael Smith hits first Premier League nine-darter since 2017 vs Daryl Gurney

Michael Smith made Premier League history by hammering home a nine dart finish.

Bully Boy was taking on Daryl Gurney in Dublin looking for his second win in four league outings, and it didn’t take him long to send the crowd into raptures.

After going down 2-1 from the opening three legs, the 29-year-old opened hit back-to-back 180s before nailing 141 on his final visit.

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Gurney embraced the 2019 World Championship runner up after he soaked up the applause from the crowd, marking the ninth time the feat has been achieved in the tournament.

Smith went on to win 7-5 to put pressure on those above him in the table, with his Northern Irish opponent languishing in last place.

Darts legend Wayne Mardle had predicted the Englishman to come out on top before the night begun, and was only one leg away from the final scoreline.

He told Sky Sports: “Gurney did the double over Smith last year but Smith is playing better – he really is.

“Last week he was breathtaking beating Jonny Clayton 7-1 with 167 and 142 finishes to win it.

“I just think Gurney is not as consistent as he has been in recent times.

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“He got a point on the board last week against Gerwyn Price and he did well, but I just think Smith will do a job on him.

“I think some big things will happen for Smith. It looks like he's getting back to the being the player that reached the Premier League final a couple of years ago.

The think with Gurney is that his legs difference is still poor so if he does get beat, he's got to try and limit the scoreline.”

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