Darts: Smith through to Dublin semis

Dennis Smith booked his place in the semi-finals of the World Darts Grand Prix with a 6-1 win over Kevin Painter in Dublin.

Dennis Smith booked his place in the semi-finals of the World Darts Grand Prix with a 6-1 win over Kevin Painter in Dublin.

Smith took the first set and a 104 checkout put him firmly in the driving seat in the second.

Painter opened his account in the same set but Smith, who beat Keith Deller in the second round, moved 2-0 ahead.

Painter, a 33-year-old qualifier who secured his place in the last eight with famous wins over Phil Taylor and Richie Burnett, managed to pull a set back but Smith regained his two-set advantage with a 3-1 success in the fourth.

The 32-year-old looked cool and composed at the oche and he reeled off the next three sets to end Painter's entertaining run in the tournament.

Smith, who now faces Alan Warriner, said: "I'm over the moon with the win. It must the hardest game tonight because me and Kevin have been practising together all week.

"There are no easy games at this stage because they all know Phil Taylor's out and everybody wants to win it. I know in my mind I want to win it."

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