MICHAEL SMITH hit the first Premier League nine-darter in nearly three years against Daryl Gurney in Dublin to put him just one leg away from a £50,000 bonus.
Bully Boy threw the perfect leg of darts to stun his opponent and send the 9,000 strong crowd into pandemonium at the 3Arena.
It was the first nine-darter in the Premier League since 2017 when Adrian Lewis reeled off a perfect leg against legendary Dutchman Raymond Van Barneveld in Liverpool.
Smith is now just another nine perfect arrows away from a £50,000 bonus – which sponsors Unibet are offering to any competitor who can land two nine-darters in the tournament.
Smith had slipped 2-1 down against Gurney before a moment of pure darting magic raised the roof in Ireland.
He levelled up the best of 12 legs game at 2-2 courtesy of back to back maximums and a 141 finish.
The St Helens fan hit treble 20, treble 19 and double 12 to check out and win the leg in the fewest number of darts possible.
Smith – speaking to Dan Dawson after the match – said: "I have never ever felt my heartbeat so fast in my life.
"It felt weird. What a feeling I can't explain.
"For me I'm gutted I don't get paid…but a nine-darter is something on my list that has been ticked off."
Buoyed by his sensational display in the fourth leg, Smith went on to win the game 7-5 – sealing the victory by checking out on double two.
The world no5 takes two points from the win against Northern Irish chucker Gurney.
Smith lost 11-4 in 2018's Premier League final to Michael Van Gerwen but this magic moment may top his runner-up spot as his best memory from the tournament.
It certainly went down well with his wife and young sons who were watching at home on TV.
Smith's wife Dagmara tweeted: "Absolutely amazing well done @BullyBoy180 @OfficialPDC."
She attached a video of Smith's two boys screaming in delight at their father's achievement!
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