Gibraltar Darts Trophy: Ross Smith hits nine-darter in defeat to Adrian Lewis
Ross Smith hit a nine-dart finish at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy but went on to lose his clash with Adrian Lewis 6-5.
Last Updated: 30/06/13 11:16am
Bolton-based Smith, a winner on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour this year, wrote his name into the history books by achieving his perfect leg at the Victoria Stadium.
He trailed 4-2 before opening the seventh leg with back-to-back 180s, and finished 141 with treble 20, treble 15 and double 18 to complete his nine-dart finish, which puts him in line for a £3,600 bonus.
Lewis took the game's eighth leg, but Smith won the next two to force a deciding leg, only for the two-time world champion to show his class with a 13-darter as he edged into the third round.
"It's a magnificent achievement to hit the nine-darter and it's not sunk in yet," said Smith. "I've missed double 18 a few times before so I'm glad it went in.
"It's obviously disappointing that I went on to lose but it's a learning curve for me and maybe it played on my mind a bit for the rest of the match, but Adrian played some great darts."
Lewis will now play Jamie Caven in Sunday afternoon's third round, after the Derby ace averaged 104.67 in a superb 6-2 win over Ian White earlier in the day.
Michael van Gerwen's bid to win a third successive European Tour title continued as he saw off Scott Rand 6-2, sharing the opening four legs before finding another gear to reel off four in a row to progress.
The Dutch ace will play Colin Lloyd in round three, with the Essex thrower having defeated Finland's Jani Haavisto 6-4 in their last 32 contest.
World champion Phil Taylor dropped just one leg in his 6-1 win over Dean Winstanley, which sets him up for a last 16 contest with Dutch qualifier Leon De Geus, who knocked out Canadian John Part by the same scoreline.
World No 4 James Wade again impressed as he edged out Ronnie Baxter 6-5, with the Blackpool ace having taken out 131 in moving 5-4 up only for the left-hander to finish 120 to force a decider, which he won in 12 darts with a 108 finish.
Wade will face Kevin Painter in the third round, with the former Players Championship Finals winner in fine form as he defeated Austria's Mensur Suljovic 6-1.
Second round results:
John Part 1-6 Leon De Geus
Peter Wright 6-5 Paul Amos
Robert Thornton 5-6 Jamie Lewis
John Henderson 6-4 Justin Pipe
Jani Haavisto 4-6 Colin Lloyd
Paul Nicholson 3-6 Steve Brown
Ian White 2-6 Jamie Caven
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Josh Payne
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Ross Smith
Mensur Suljovic 1-6 Kevin Painter
Ronnie Baxter 5-6 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Scott Rand
Connie Finnan 5-6 Steve Beaton
Phil Taylor 6-1 Dean Winstanley
Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Richie Burnett
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Gary Anderson