Smith in tears as Wright beats him to 2022 Darts World Championship

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Michael Smith was inconsolable after blowing a 5-4 lead in the 2022 PDC World Championship final against Peter Wright.

Snakebite clinched his second world title in a pulsating finale at Ally Pally at the expense of Smith – who capitulated late on.

Smith was seemingly on the cusp of clinching his maiden world title after nudging into a 5-4 lead in the 10th set. Bully Boy was also two legs up before Wright fought back in spectacular fashion.

And that dramatic finale left both players in tears on the stage.

Smith was seen sobbing with his back to the crowd as Wright was handed Darts' most coveted crown.

Wright, who was the heavy favourite heading into Monday night's clash, raced into an early 2-0 lead before Smith fought back to level the match at 2-2.

With the match level at four sets apiece, Smith took advantage of a string of wayward throws from Wright to nudge into a slender 5-4 lead before his late collapse.

The win was Wright's second consecutive triumph after his 7-3 victory over Michael van Gerwen back in 2020.

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The 51-year-old also netted a whopping £500,000 prize for winning the tournament with Smith collecting a £200,000 cheque for finishing as runner-up.

Smith showed commendable character and even managed to raise a smile when reacting after the match.

“I got five sets instead of three so I’m getting closer,” Smith told Sky Sports. “I must have done something terrible in a past life because it’s doing my head in now.

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“I’ll have a bad night tonight but I’ll definitely be back on that board and getting ready for the next one.”

Wright also commended his opponent and insisted that Smith's time at the top was coming – and backed him to "trounce everything" once the 31-year-old has clinched his first major.

Despite coming up short in his pursuit of the Sid Waddell Trophy, Smith did make Ally Pally history by notching a record-breaking number of 180s – with his tally of 83 maximums across the tournament a new PDC record.

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