2018/19 PDC World Darts Championship Final
Preview by Shane McArdle
The William Hill World Darts Championships 2018/19 Final takes place this evening at 8pm, live on Sky Sports Darts (Alexandra Palace, London, Thursday Dec 13th 2018 to Tuesday Jan 1st 2019).
The £2.5 million tournament carries a winner’s prize of £500,000. The “biggest-ever event in darts” ran this year over 28 sessions of play during the Christmas and New Year period, with 96 players from around the world doing battle for the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.
It’s a case of which Michael in this year’s World Championship final as World Number One Michael van Gerwen takes on St Helen’s ace Michael “Bully Boy” Smith. A fantastic final is on the cards as both players were awesome in their respective semi-finals.
Michael Smith produced his best ever performance on the Ally Pally stage in his semi-final as he beat Nathan Aspinall 6-3, he also broke the record for the most maximum 180’s hit in a World Championship semi-final with a magnificent 17 180’s and he finished the match with an outstanding average of 105.22, helped by taking out five 100+ finishes. He took the opening seven legs of the semi-finals without reply, something he will be hoping to do again in tonight’s final against the World No. 1 MVG.
Michael van Gerwen was a comprehensive 6-1 winner over many peoples (including myself) fancy for the tournament this year Gary Anderson. Although Gary Anderson didn’t perform to his usual high standard in the match, MVG still played amazingly well by hitting 11 180’s, 50% on the finishing doubles and a match average of 104.76. The World No.1 said after his fantastic victory that he had a point to prove to all the people who doubted his performances throughout 2018 and he certainly went a long way to doing just that with his semi-final demolition of The Flying Scotsman.
If both players produce the arrows they did in their respective semi-finals, then we are in for some final this evening. Let’s hope they do!
Michael van Gerwen will have the experience of being involved in a World Championship Final before on his side as he bids to win a third world title, whilst a lot will depend on how the nerves of a first World Championship final affects Michael Smith.
However, having had the privilege of meeting Michael Smith on a few occasions and watching how he handled the semi-finals, I feel that he will not be put-off by nerves and I also feel that if Michael Smith produces his best game tonight, then we will be watching a New World Champion being crowned on the Alexandra Palace stage tonight.
Win – Michael Smith
Most 180’s – Michael Smith
Highest Checkout – Michael van Gerwen