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'I want to be champion' - Chris Dobey makes World Championship admission after Michael Smith win

Chris Dobey sent out a statement with a stunning straight-sets victory over defending champion Michael Smith on a dramatic night at the World Darts Championship.

A bumper 12th day of action at Alexandra Palace saw a quartet of PDC World Champions in action, as Smith’s hopes of defending the Sid Waddell Trophy were dashed by a dazzling Dobey.

The 2023 Masters champion posted a third consecutive ton-plus average to continue his own pursuit of the Sid Waddell Trophy, defying a 102 average from Smith to book his place in the quarter-finals on New Year’s Day.

Dobey signalled his intent with a stunning 130 checkout to kick off proceedings, and after wrapping up set one, he doubled his lead after Smith missed a dart at tops to level the contest.

The Bedlington star then moved a set away from glory with clinical 100 and 87 combinations, before Smith struck back with a magnificent 140 finish to open set four.

However, Dobey was unfazed, following up a 14-dart break with back-to-back 12-darters to cap off another imperious display - which also ends Smith's 12-month reign as world number one on the PDC Order of Merit.

“I didn’t even feel comfortable up there tonight,” claimed Dobey, despite averaging 102 and producing a trio of ton-plus checkouts.

“Michael is a great lad. I’ve got all the time in the world for him, but there could only be one winner and I’m pleased it was my night.

“I don’t think anybody underestimates me; they know what I can do. I’ve been pretty consistent in this competition, and I’m going all out. I want to be the champion.”

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