MICHAEL Smith reached his second consecutive Cazoo Premier League final night but he was beaten 6-4 by Gary Anderson at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena.

The St Helens darter was a clinical 6-1 winner against James Wade in the quarter-finals, before reeling off six straight legs in a stunning comeback against Gerwyn Price in the semis.

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But unfortunately it was two-time Premier League champion Anderson, who enjoyed his best night of the season, who claimed the £10,000 bonus for winning in Nottingham.

He becomes the fifth different winner from six events in 2022.

Anderson had not won a match since the season's opening night in Cardiff, but racked up three wins in Nottingham to put himself back in contention in this year's league table.

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He opened the final against Smith with a brilliant ten-darter, and though the UK Open runner-up finished 105 and then moved 2-1 up, Anderson produced a sensational display to pull clear.

Double eight levelled for Anderson, before legs of 12 and 13 darts were followed by a 74 finish as he moved 5-2 up.

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Smith finished double eight for a 13-darter to respond in leg eight and took out 68 to pull back to just one leg behind his former mentor.

However, Anderson regained breathing space with a 177 score in the next and took out double four for the win, ending the final with a 104.24 average.

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The Cazoo Premier League will return to the Netherlands for the first time since 2019 for Night Seven next Thursday at Rotterdam Ahoy.

The four matches on the night will be headlined by Dutch hero Van Gerwen's meeting with Smith.

Anderson will begin his bid for back-to-back wins against Cullen, while Wright meets Wade and Clayton plays Price in an all-Welsh encounter.

The Cazoo Premier League is broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN & Viaplay and through PDCTV (for subscribers outside of UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland).

Cazoo Premier League Night 6 - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham Thursday March 17.

Quarter-Finals: Michael Smith 6-1 James Wade, Gerwyn Price 6-4 Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson 6-5 Jonny Clayton, Peter Wright 6-4 Joe Cullen.

Semi-Finals: Michael Smith 6-4 Gerwyn Price, Gary Anderson 6-3 Peter Wright.

Final: Gary Anderson 6-4 Michael Smith.

Night 7 – Rotterdam Ahoy Thursday March 24: Quarter-Finals: Peter Wright v James Wade, Gary Anderson v Joe Cullen, Jonny Clayton v Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith.