World Darts Championship: Michael Van Gerwen to face Michael Smith in final after destroying Gary Anderson

Michael Van Gerwen (left) and Michael Smith (right).
Michael Van Gerwen (left) and Michael Smith (right). Photo credit: Getty

Michael Van Gerwen will face Michael Smith in the 2019 Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship after winning their semi-final matches on Monday (NZ time).

On final four night at the Alexandra Palace in London, Dutchman Van Gerwen destroyed a below-par Gary Anderson 6-1, while England’s Smith claimed a 6-3 victory over compatriot Nathan Aspinall.

New Zealand Darts  Masters Champion Van Gerwen will be vying to win his third world title in four finals, while Smith is looking to lift the Sid Waddell trophy for the first time in his career.

Van Gerwen's match against fellow two-time world champion Anderson, 48, was expected to be a classic but it proved a one-sided contest.

The 29-year old Van Gerwen was rarely troubled as he won five sets on the bounce before Anderson, who has been struggling with back pain, got on the board.

Anderson then looked on track to win a second set, but he missed too many doubles as Van Gerwen hit double 20 to reach the final.

Van Gerwen, who had a three-dart average of 104.76, said it means lots to reach the final.

"I played really well, especially early doors," Van Gerwen told Sky Sports UK. "He couldn't find his form and I took advantage.

"I had a phenomenal bullseye finish early doors and I didn't give him any room to breathe.

"It means the world [to get to the final]. I do a lot to come to this stage but the work is not done yet."

He also landed 50 percent of his finishes along with 11 180 maximums.

Instead of the predicted heavyweight struggle, it was Smith's match against Aspinall which proved to be a real classic.

Tenth seed Smith reached his first ever world championship final with a nervy win over Aspinall.

The 28-year-old stormed into a 2-0 lead but tournament debutant Aspinall fought back to level at 3-3 after Smith missed a chance to lead 3-0 himself.

Smith finished the match with a three-dart average of 105.22, along with 17 180 maximums, compared to Aspinall who averaged 100.83 and 13 180s.


"I've never felt like that. I'm so happy to be in the final," Smith told Sky Sports UK. "I'm one step away from living my dream."

Van Gerwen heads into the final as odds-on favourite to win, as he's dominated the head-to-head battle against Smith.

According to website Dartsdatabase, Van Gerwen has beaten Smith 25 times in 31 matches dating back to 2009.

They have met nine times in 2018, with Van Gerwen winning seven of those matches, including the Premier League final.