Thousands of fans pack into London's Alexandra Palace for the PDC

Thousands of fans pack into London’s Alexandra Palace for the World Darts Championshipas Covid cases hit record levels in Englandto watch Michael Smith end Gerwyn Price’s reign and book a place in the semi-finals

  • The popular PDC tournament has been rocked in recent days after champion Michael van Gerwen pulled out
  • Premier League stars James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury were among a 3,000 folla
  • Ally Pally has welcomed thousands through its doors despite case numbers of Omicron Covid variant soaring
  • Thousands of fans packed into Londra‘s Alexandra Palace for the World Darts Championshipas Covid cases hit record levels in Englandto watch Michael Smith end Gerwyn Price’s reign and book a place in the semi-finals.

    The popular PDC tournament has been rocked in recent days after three-time champion Michael van Gerwen pulled out of the competition due to a positive Covid-19 testthe third player to contract the illness since the contest began earlier this month.

    He described the event at Alexandra Palace as a ‘Covid bombbut it continues to go ahead.

    premier League stelle James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury were among a 3,000-strong crowd at the World Championship Darts on Saturday night.

    The World Championship Darts concludes on Monday, with the winner of that day’s final picking up £500,000, the largest cheque in the sport.

    Alexandra Palace has welcomed thousands of people through its doors despite case numbers of the Omicron Covid variant soaring across the country.

    A daily record of 162,572 Covid cases was recorded in England, su 47.9 per cent on last Saturday. C'erano 1,915 ricoveri ospedalieri, up almost 50 per cent week-on-week, e 154 deceduti.

    Fans in fancy dress in the crowd during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace

    Fans in fancy dress in the crowd during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace

    The World Championship Darts concludes on Monday, with the winner of that day's final picking up £500,000, the largest cheque in the sport

    The World Championship Darts concludes on Monday, with the winner of that day’s final picking up £500,000, the largest cheque in the sport

    Micheal Smith celebrates beating Gerwyn Price during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship

    Micheal Smith celebrates beating Gerwyn Price during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship

    Youtuber Jack McDermott in the crowd during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace

    Youtuber Jack McDermott in the crowd during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace

    Defending champion Price had hit a nine dart finish in the second leg of set four, which was a third of the tournament overall and a record in any one World Championshipbut Smith then took out 130 to level the match at 2-2.

    The Iceman kept his cool to secure the fifth set with an impressive 108 finish and move ahead once again, only for Smith to respond once more as he claimed the sixth 3-0.

    fabbro, runner up to Michael Van Gerwen in 2019, looked to have the momentum, only to miss a chance to close out the seventh, which Price did on double top to move within a set of victory.

    As tension mounted, Price paused mid throw during the fourth leg of the eighth set to ask for a heckler to be removed. Once play resumed, the Welshman had two match darts, but failed to land either as Smith forced a decider.

    An early break of throw and then a 126 check-out on the bullseye put ‘The Bully Boyon the brink before he clinched the set 3-1 to deliver a hard-earned victory over the world number one.

    Smith hit 16 180s with an average of just over 101 and speaking to Sky Sports following his win, the ninth seed said: “I just kept saying to myself ‘just focus on everything you have been working on over the last 12 months’.

    Leicester City footballers James Maddison watching the match between Peter Wright and Callan Rydz during day fourteen

    Leicester City footballers James Maddison watching the match between Peter Wright and Callan Rydz during day fourteen

    Leicester team-mates Hamza Choudhury (mezzo) and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (giusto) also made the trip to London for the World Championship Darts held at Alexandra Palace

    Leicester team-mates Hamza Choudhury (mezzo) and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (giusto) also made the trip to London for the World Championship Darts held at Alexandra Palace

    World Championship Darts has carried on at Alexandra Palace despite coronavirus concerns

    World Championship Darts has carried on at Alexandra Palace despite coronavirus concerns

    Michael Smith pulled off a big shock to beat world champion Gerwyn Price on New Years' Day

    Michael Smith pulled off a big shock to beat world champion Gerwyn Price on New Years’ Giorno

    Smith prevailed with a 5-4 victory to move into the semi-finals of the World Championships

    Smith prevailed with a 5-4 victory to move into the semi-finals of the World Championships

    Peter Wright celebrates beating Callan Rydz during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship

    Peter Wright celebrates beating Callan Rydz during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship