2023 Cazoo World Darts Championship semi-finals
The last three games of the World Champions are of course the most important ones. With the 2023 Cazoo World Darts Championship semi-finals and final, it’s the best part of this tournament. In this article we discuss the semi-finals!
Smith versus Clemens
Michael Smith reached the final of the World Darts Championship on Monday. The Englishman was 6-2 too strong for the German Gabriel Clemens in the semi-final battle in London. The 32-year-old Smith ended a historic tournament for Clemens, who became the first German ever to reach the last four of the World Cup. Smith averaged 101.85 per three darts. Clemens, who eliminated world number one Gerwyn Price in the quarterfinals, could not compete with an average of 96.98. Smith is in the final at Alexandra Palace for the second year in a row. Last year ‘Bully Boy’ was beaten in the final battle by Peter Wright. If Smith becomes world champion, he will also immediately be the new number one in the PDC world ranking Order of Merit.
Van Gerwen versus Van der Bergh
Beat one more opponent and then Michael van Gerwen will have completed his mission. He can grab his fourth world title on Tuesday evening and ‘finally’ take first place in the world ranking again. After an impressive quarter-final and semi-final (5-0 and 6-0), only Michael Smith can throw a spanner in the works. Dimitri Van den Bergh had no chance in the neighbor dispute. Like a hurdler on his way to a very fast time, Michael van Gerwen raced through the World Darts Championship to the semi-finals. But the last two hurdles still had to be taken. Dimitri Van den Bergh did not seem too difficult an obstacle in the last four in advance.
But Dancing Dimitri immediately made a break in the third leg by throwing 170. So the first blow was for the Belgian. The only one too, it turned out later. Mighty Mike immediately broke back, restored order and then still won the first set. And he was immediately back – just like in all his previous matches – on an average of over a hundred (102.17). He continued that line, taking a 4-0 lead in sets (after Van den Bergh had missed three arrows to 3-1). In the end he finished without losing a set with an average of 108.28 and a very nice throwout percentage of 58%. That’s now the second match in a row Van Gerwen hasn’t lost a set. The second set in the round of 16 is the last set he lost.