We witnessed a fantastic evening of darts on Saturday to see Rob Cross qualify to meet Michael Smith in tonight’s final in Blackpool. Cross was getting bossed by Daryl Gurney early and went 15-9 down before turning into Superman and winning 17-15 in the end. Gurney had his now traditional wobble at the result, understandably upset about the defeat and pointing the finger at the pro-Cross crowd but sharper finishing would have seen him through.
The second semi-final saw Michael Smith start how Cross finished, going way clear at one stage before Durrant started to find his feet. Smith’s doubling was near-perfect and his set-up shots showed a maturity and intelligence that he hasn’t always demonstrated in the past. Durrant is too good not to have a spell in a match though and he managed to make the scoreline respectable in the end, losing 17-10. This means we double our money on Durrant overall having made a small cash out midweek.
Who wins is a very tough one to call. Cross has flattered to deceive on many occasions since winning the World Championship but his comeback last night was the greatest in the tournament’s history. Smith has made the World Championship final along with the Premier League and now the World Matchplay but has not lifted the trophy in any of those so far. He often flies into a dominant position before fading away and getting beaten. Last night however was an exception to that and might just mean he can be 3rd time lucky tonight.
The odds makers have Cross a slight favourite, probably due to the fact that he’s crossed the line before when it’s mattered. It really is a coin flip though so we’ll avoid that and look at the most 180s market instead. Although similarly priced Smith when in full flow will absolutely destroy the treble 20 segment. That’s not to say that Cross won’t have success there but he’s quite happy to switch things up if he feels the need. Smith is more likely to take the 180 and leave an awkward finish to be dealt with later so we’re backing him at even money with William Hill.
How we placed our bet
Event: World Matchplay Final
Betting Market: Most 190s
Selection: Michael Smith
Bookie: William Hill
Published on: Jul 28, 2019 @ 07:45