Bitter darts for Schindler after taking the lead against Smith | free press


Martin Schindler narrowly missed a big upset at the World Darts Championships in London and still lost to last year’s England runner-up Michael Smith.

The 26-year-old, nicknamed ‘The Wall’, missed a 3-1 lead at Alexandra Palace late Wednesday night and were beaten 3-4 in a thrilling game. ‘Bully Boy’ Smith is one of the tournament favorites and will now face compatriot Joe Cullen in the round of 16. Early in the evening, he clearly won 4-0 against Australian Damon Heta.

“It’s mixed feelings. Somehow I’m happy to play what I can. But I didn’t cross the finish line. It was a good game, I was very dominant at times,” Schindler said after the narrow loss to Sport1. “That’s how darts work,” he said in frustration.

Schindler’s most important match of his career

In the biggest and most important match of his career so far, Schindler acted furiously for a long time and had many great moments. On the way back to Britain on Boxing Day, complications with luggage at London Airport arose again. “There was a problem. The staff went on strike. The suitcase was not unloaded. The first night we had no more suitcases. Yesterday we got the suitcases. It was lucky last time,” Schindler said before the game.

In “Ally Pally”, the German number two and the best Englishman competed at a very high level. The fact that Smith managed to catch the “Big Fish” (check 170 points with three throws) early on didn’t bother Schindler for long. This increasingly sat with high scores and kept its composure on double fields. “I’m going to have to bludgeon all the time to catch up,” Schindler feared. But then it was the German who determined the game for a long time. At 3-1, the upset was close, but Smith bounced back with world-class style to win. (dpa)


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