Michael Smith topples Phil Taylor to pull off World Championship shock

St Helens Star: Michael Smith celebrates Michael Smith celebrates

ST HELENS darter Michael Smith has rocked the darts world by knocking 16-times champion Phil Taylor out of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

The world junior champion, and 32 seed, produced a confident display to beat the world number one four sets to three in the second round clash.

Smith scored heavily throughout – particularly when it mattered. And he won the tie with a magnificent check out of 128, calmly slotting 18, treble 20 and bullseye to rock Alexandra Palace.

Pictures: Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

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