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Danny Noppert beats Michael Smith to guarantee UK Open title in exciting last leg finish

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Scotland’s double-cross World Championship victor Peter Wright turns out to be new world number one, with Welshman Gerwyn Price’s rule reaching a conclusion observing his 10-7 loss 

Smith had looked set to guarantee the greatest title of his profession while – having prior conquered previous world number one Gerwyn Price and youth Keane Barry – he went 10-9 up in the last, just for Noppert to fight back in a spellbinding peak to the competition.

Scotland’s double-cross World Championship victor Peter Wright turns out to be new world number one, with Welshman Gerwyn Price’s rule reaching a conclusion adhering to his 10-7 loss to Michael Smith in the quarter-finals

Danny Noppert crushed Michael Smith 11-10 in a sensational Cazoo UK Open last to come out on top for his initially broadcast championship at Butlin’s Minehead Resort on Sunday night.

Smith had looked set to guarantee the greatest title of his vocation while – having prior conquered previous world number one Gerwyn Price and young person Keane Barry – he went 10-9 up in the last, just for Noppert to fight back in a charming peak to the competition.

The penultimate leg saw Smith miss a match dart at the bullseye for a 124 checkout before Noppert stuck an urgent twofold four to hold toss. He then, at that point, terminated in a 180 while heading to a 13-dart break to guarantee the title.

“I am over the moon, this is a special moment for me,” said Noppert, who earlier defeated Damon Heta and William O’Connor in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

“I can’t believe it; I have said before that I want to lift a trophy but I never thought it would be at such a big tournament like the UK Open.

“It was a hard game at the end of a long day, we both wanted to lift this trophy so much and neither of us played like we can.

“I think I can take big steps forward in my career now.”

The Dutchman, who became a father for the first time in February, climbs to 12th on the PDC Order of Merit courtesy of the £100,000 winner’s prize.

Meanwhile, Smith was left dejected after suffering an eighth successive defeat in a televised final over a four-year period. The two-time World Championship runner-up came close to a perfect weekend in Somerset, having hit a nine-darter on Saturday.

“I was trying too hard to win, fair play to Danny,” said Smith. “It’s yet another final loss, it’s very hard to take.

“I can only blame myself, my doubles were awful and my scoring was bad.”

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