ADRIAN LEWIS 3 DENNIS SMITH 0: Smith bows out without winning a leg

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  • Adrian Lewis 3 Dennis Smith 0
  • Smith fails to win a leg as he crashes out
  • World Darts Championship Round One, Alexandra Palace

12:00am

Right time to go home. Full report in tomorrow's paper and more reaction on Friday.

12:00am

I've just spoken to Dennis Smith, who was very low following tonight's result, but he'll be back.

This Is Wiltshire:

DENNIS SMITH IN ACTION TONIGHT

“It’s so hard because I didn’t turn up, never turned up at all,” he said.

“Everything was great in the practice room and I was feeling nice and relaxed, but when I got up on the stage it just didn’t happen.

“The darts didn’t go in, which annoyed me, but then when he found his form I couldn’t keep up with his pace and it was over.  It was one of those days.”

11:43pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 3 DENNIS SMITH 0
Smith’s misery is complete as Lewis takes out double 10 to win the match.

11:40pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 2 (2) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)
Lewis hits his second 180 before Smith gets one of his own, but the world number three wins the leg on double six.

11:38pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 2 (1) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)
Lewis takes out double two to win another leg.

11:32pm

2-0 down to Adrian Lewis is more than a mountain to climb isn't it, but what a story it would be.

11:30pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 2 (0) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)

11:29pm

LEWIS TAKES THE SECOND SET 3-0
Double top again for Lewis as he eases to the second set.

11:27pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 1 (2) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)
A more scrappy leg this time but Lewis takes out nine on double four to go one leg away from a 2-0 lead.

11:23pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 1 (1) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)
Smith starts the second set with a 140 and later hits a ton and a 105 but Lewis takes out tops again.

11:20pm

Adrian Lewis only threw 43 darts to win that set. Impressive stuff.

11:17pm

Smiffy needed to win the first set in this and he hasn't managed it. All uphill from here.

11:16pm

I imagine this isn't very complimentary

11:16pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 1 (0) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)

11:15pm

LEWIS TAKES THE FIRST SET 3-0
Lewis hits his first 180 of the match and then finishes on tops to take the opening set.

11:14pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 0 (2) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)
Lewis outscores Smith on almost every visit before taking the leg on double eight.

11:11pm

ADRIAN LEWIS 0 (1) DENNIS SMITH 0 (0)
Lewis kicks off with a 120 while Smith only manages 83 with his first set, and Jackpot eventually takes out 126 to win the first leg.

11:10pm

This game is best of five sets, each best of five legs.

11:08pm

Here we go, updates at the end of each leg.

11:08pm

Smith looks nervous.

11:08pm

YOUR SAY

11:07pm

Come on Denzil!

11:06pm

And here comes Lewis, to his usual 'Reach Up' chooone by that well known band Pig Bag.

11:05pm

Here comes Smiffy, entering the stage to London Calling by The Clash.

11:04pm

Here we go then, players just about to make their entrance.

11:00pm

YOUR SAY

10:59pm

The Sky Sports pundits all seem to think Smiffy's slow pace could get in Lewis' head. Hope they're right!

10:56pm

When I spoke to Dennis yesterday he still hadn't decided what his walk-on music would be. Should have been top of his list.

10:54pm

YOUR SAY

10:53pm

YOUR SAY

10:53pm

10:52pm

Right, the undercard has finally limped to a conclusion and Smiffy and Lewis are next on.

10:51pm

YOUR SAY
So do I, I have a deadline to hit!

10:49pm

Smith knows he's the underdog this evening, but it's a tag he relishes.

This Is Wiltshire: Dennis Smith

DENNIS SMITH

“I’m the underdog and I love it," he said.

“There’s no pressure on me because I’m expected to get beat and all I can do is cause a shock.

“Adrian’s a great player but I would love to kick the hornet’s nest and turn everything around.”

10:45pm

YOUR SAY

10:43pm

ACTION MAN

Smith's throwing action gets a lot of attention due to the fact it is very unconvential. Most of the attention is bad to be honest, but it doesn't bother the man himself because it works for him.

SEE DENNIS SMITH'S THROWING ACTION BY WATCHING THE VIDEO ABOVE

10:39pm

Time to hear from the man himself, who believes victory over Lewis this evening would rank as one of the biggest achievements of his career.

This Is Wiltshire: Dennis Smith

DENNIS SMITH

“I’m looking forward to this now and have put in a load of work and won a few tournaments, but now it’s time to deliver,” he said.

“I’ve worked all year to get here and I want to go as far as I can because we all dream of getting to the final and winning a world title.

“Beating Adrian Lewis, the world number three, at the Alexandra Palace in the World Championship would have to be right at the top of my career.

“I’ve beaten top seeds before but this is different because he’s in form, won two world titles and will be expected to win.”

10:37pm

YOUR SAY

10:34pm

YOUR SAY

10:34pm

YOUR SAY

We would love to hear your thoughts and predicitons on tonight's game, as well as messages of good luck, so please get in touch using #adverdarts on Twitter or by using the comment box below.

10:30pm

Smith and Lewis have met five times previously, with Lewis winning four and Smiffy grabbing one win.

This Is Wiltshire: Adrian Lewis

ADRIAN LEWIS

10:28pm

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Attention all budding darts players. If you watch this video of Smiffy teaching you how to practise you will be on the PDC stage inside a year, that's a promise.

10:22pm

Smith has put in a series of consistent performances throughout this year to earn his place for tonight's match, including a Players Championship semi-final and a quarter-final on the European Tour.

All that has left him 49th in the current PDC Order of Merit.

This Is Wiltshire: Dennis Smith

DENNIS SMITH

10:19pm

YOUR VOTE

10:14pm

Swindon's Dennis Smith is in first round action against two-time world champion and world number three Adrian Lewis, with the game next on stage.

This Is Wiltshire: Dennis Smith was man-of-the-match for Oxfordshire A

DENNIS SMITH

10:12pm

Good evening and wecome to the beautiful Alexandra Palace, the home of the World Darts Championship.

10:05pm

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