Michael Smith has proved once again that he has the game to be World Champion.

The Unicorn ace demolished Luke Humphries 5-1 to set up a World Championship semi-final against Nathan Aspinall.

And of course the dream of an all Unicorn World Championship Final is still very much alive. Gary Anderson’s brilliant 5-2 victory over Dave Chisnall on Saturday afternoon sets up that semi-final showdown with Michael van Gerwen.

Smith defied his own double trouble to win in an hour with Humphries unable to match the St Helens star.

Smith was harsh on himself: “All those missed doubles were a nightmare and I will have to cut that out. But I channelled my anger in a positive way by coming back from those blow outs to play some good stuff.”

Smith’s performance in numbers....103 average, eight 180s, 24 x 140s but 15/46 on the doubles! He missed more doubles than his opponent had in the entire match. Humphries was 8/14.

But this win moves Smith up to No.6 in the world.

He started superbly going two sets up in just 12 minutes! Smith won six legs out of seven and the one he lost, he missed five darts at doubles.

A fantastic 170 check-out got Humphries fired up as he won the third set without reply, but Smith soon extinguished any hope of a comeback.

He restored a two-set lead and despite a 151 finish from Humphries and five more missed darts to break, the Unicorn man stormed back with two 180s and a 177 as he banged in 13 and 11 dart legs to make it four sets to one.

Smith had another meltdown on his finishing in the 6th set but it didn’t matter. He recovered to take his 180 tally to eight and won the match with a two-dart 87 finish.

“I have a great chance now but I have to hold it all together,” he said. “It would be great to play Gary in the final, so let’s see.”

“I have one more hurdle left to jump to give myself the chance to live the dream.”

Quarter-Final results:

Michael Smith 5-1 Luke Humphries

Gary Anderson 5-2 Dave Chisnall

Michael van Gerwen 5-1 Ryan Joyce

Nathan Aspinall 5-1 Brendan Dolan

S/Finals (best of 11 sets):

Michael Smith v Nathan Aspinall

Michael Van Gerwen v Gary Anderson

By STUART PYKE at the World Darts Championship

Image courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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