Michael Smith is on a course to break a four-year-old darts record as his impressive form continues.
Despite missing out on a Premier League play-offs spot, Smith won the final night of the regular season in Newcastle and then triumphed on the European Tour for the first time in five years by lifting the trophy at the Dutch Darts Championship. He followed that up by winning the US Darts Masters, held at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where he defeated Michael van Gerwen in the final.
And he is on course to get the better of Van Gerwen in another crucial aspect of the game – hitting 180s. Bully Boy has hit an incredible 382 maximums in 2022, as per Darts Orakel, eclipsing Van Gerwen’s record of 366 at the same stage in 2018. Overall that year MVG hit 622 – a total that is well within Smith’s sights after rediscovering his best form.
However, the stat triggered a mixed response from fans on social media, with many saying it is about time Smith delivered on his potential by winning one of the sport’s major events.
One Twitter user pointed out: “Harry Kane scores a lot of goals but he doesn’t win trophies” while another said: “Probably played more events than anyone previously on the list at this time too.”
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A third wrote: “He’s a decent player. Not too dissimilar to Adrian Lewis. Difference is Lewis won stuff and anything other than that is irrelevant unfortunately.”
Meanwhile, another said: “Doesn't surprise me, it's almost like he's throwing his darts in a bucket some games lol.”
Smith is renowned as a heavy scorer and set a new 180s record at the last World Championship, hitting an incredible 83, including 24 during his defeat to Peter Wright in the final. The previous record at the World Championship was held by Gary Anderson, who clocked up 71 during the 2017 tournament.
Smith is in action in Denmark this weekend at the Nordic Masters before, next week, partnering James Wade in the England team at the World Cup of Darts in Germany.
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