- Michael Smith sent a Dublin crowd into hysterics on Thursday with his “nine-darter” against Daryl Gurney.
- Smith tossed what is the darts equivalent of a perfect game, hitting off a pair of 180s before closing out the leg with a triple-20, triple-19, double-12 combination.
- It’s the first time a Premier League player has accomplished the feat since 2017.
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Michael Smith wrote his name into the darts history books on Thursday night, thrilling a Dublin crowd with his nine-darter against Daryl Gurney.
The “nine-darter” can be thought of as the darts equivalent of a perfect game, or possibly an immaculate inning.
For those unfamiliar, in each “leg” of a darts match, both players are racing to drop their total from 501 to precisely zero. The quickest a player can achieve that is with nine darts, all perfect.
That said, you don’t need to really know the rules to know what Smith accomplished was special – just listening to the crowd makes it clear he had done something otherworldly.
After earning huge cheers for his first two 180s – three darts that all hit triple-20, the crowd’s cheers rose in anticipation with each of his final three shots, culminating in a delayed, euphoric release after he closed the leg on double-12.
Take a listen.
Smith’s nine-darter was the first one hit in the Premier League since 2017, and just the 55th televised nine-darter in the history of the sport.
There truly is nothing like a great darts highlight.
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