IT was so close for St Helens darter Michael Smith who lost a dramatic bwin World Series of Darts Final against James Wade in Vienna after missing five darts to take the title.

Wade raced into a 3-0 lead before Smith battled back to level it up at 5-5 at the second break with a 100 checkout, with the St Helens star averaging 105.3.

Smith levelled the tie once again with a stunning 170 checkout but Wade replied with a trademark 112 checkout to lead 8-7.

Smith landed an 87 checkout to lead for the first time at 9-8 only for Wade to turn the final back around as he broke the Smith throw to lead 10-9.

An incredible end to the match saw Wade bust 121, allowing Smith to level at 10-10 before a gripping final leg saw Smith miss five darts for the title allowing Wade to find double 18 for the win.

Smith had beaten Kyle Anderson 6-3, Dave Chisnall 10-5 and Gerwyn Price 11-8 to reach the final.