MICHAEL SMITH hit nine darts in the final seconds of the World Championship of Darts after Michael van Gerwen MISSED the D12 on his perfect leg.
The Dutchman was inches away from becoming the first player of the tournament to succeed in Game 3 of the second set at the Ally Pally.
But Smith immediately showed him how it was done, in one of the greatest darts ever thrown.
The world No. 4 needed to bounce back after a bad first set, which he easily lost, and reacted perfectly.
A remarkable sequence began when MVG hit 180, which Smith followed up with his own.
Van Gerwen then threw 177 before Smith landed on his second most in the leg.
Incredibly, both players were set for the perfect leg, with the three-time champion needing 144 points and Smith needing 141 points.
Van Gerwen went first, hitting two T20s before suffering a painful miss with D12 in the first nine-darter event.
Smith then had a chance and took it in a stunning fashion, equaling what the Dutchman did with two big trebles.
But this time, the two-time runner-up scored a double, roiling the Ellie Pally crowd.
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