Defending BDO world champion Glen Durrant admits he felt deflated after losing the Betfred World Matchplay semi final to Michael Smith (Smith to win final 11/10, Cross 8/11 – Match Betting).

The Middlesbrough-born player had an outstanding tournament prior to his semi-final after knocking out double PDC world champion Adrian Lewis, world number one Michael van Gerwen and former Betfred World Matchplay champion James Wade.

The win against Van Gerwen was impressive in particular, having averaged just short of a ton and beat him after the game went to a tie break.

However, it proved to be the end of his week in Blackpool on Saturday night after Michael Smith averaged just under 101 against Durrant to win the game 17-10 (over 21.5 180s in final, 2/1).

Durrant will still pick up a cool £50,000 for his display and shoot up the order of merit but the 48-year-old was frustrated with his performance following the match (Durrant to win PDC World Championship 20/1).

“It’s incredibly disappointing,” said Durrant. “I felt great backstage and I genuinely thought I was going to have a fantastic game.

“I didn’t come out of the traps once this week and it’s one thing to go away with and try and work out. I’m sure there’s positives out of this week but it just didn’t go tonight.

“My doubles were fine but my scoring was pretty poor. Whether it was down to Michael playing incredibly well, but I knew I didn’t.

“You’ve got to grab your opportunities, take those moments. I’d have been incredibly proud to win this weekend, but it hasn’t happened.

“It was a good opportunity, but Michael was a worthy winner and it will be a tremendous final.”

Smith will take on Rob Cross in the final on Sunday night after Voltage produced one of the most stirring comebacks in Betfred World Matchplay history, defeating Daryl Gurney 17-15, despite being 14-7 down.

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