Andy Smith (darts player)

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Andy Smith
Personal information
Full name Andrew Smith
Nickname The Pie Man
Born (1967-06-22) 22 June 1967 (age 47)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
Home town Studley, Warwickshire
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1981
Darts 20.5g Tungsten A180 Darts
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Eat It by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1997–2004
PDC 2004–
Current world ranking 27
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 32: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
World Masters Last 64: 1999
World Darts Trophy Last 32: 2002
Int. Darts League Last 32 group: 2003
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 16: 2006, 2011
World Matchplay Last 16: 2012
World Grand Prix Quarter-final: 2006, 2009, 2011
Ch'ship League Initial groups, Semi-finals 2008
Desert Classic Last 32: 2005, 2006, 2007
European Ch'ship Last 16: 2010
UK Open Last 16: 2009, 2010, 2011
US Open/WSoD Last 32: 2007, 2008
Players Ch'ship Finals Quarter-final: 2011
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
England Open
Norway Open
Redditch Open
Welsh Open

Players Championships Players Ch'ship (BAR)
Players Ch'ship (GER)
Players Ch'ship (HOL)
Players Ch'ship (SCO)

UK Open Regionals
Regional Final (SCO)
Regional Final (SOW)
1997
2002
2009
1999


2011
2009
2010
2007


2004
2005
Other achievements
2009 Nine dart finish at PDPA Players Championship Germany.

Andrew 'Andy' Smith (born 22 June 1967 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire) is a darts player who competes in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events. He uses the nickname Pie Man[1] for his matches. His best performances have come in the "floor" events (non-televised tournaments with many boards being used simultaneously) - where he has won six PDC Pro Tour titles.

Career[edit]

A former England international, Smith won the England, Welsh and Norway Opens in his early career, as well as qualifying for the British Darts Organisation version of the world championship on four occasions (losing in the first round each time), before switching from the BDO to the PDC. His wins in the Scottish and South-West Regional Finals for the 2005 UK Open saw him enter the televised finals as number one seed, and he later qualified for the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

Smith narrowly missed out on an automatic place in the 2006 PDC World Championship after jumping to 33rd in the rankings, but came through the PDPA qualifiers to book his place at the Circus Tavern. He overcame Colin Monk and Ray Carver to reach the last 16, before losing out to Alan Warriner-Little.

Smith did not win another Pro Tour title until October 2007, when he took the PDPA Scottish Players Championship in Irvine - beating James Wade with a 108 average in the final. He won a Players Championship in Dinslaken, Germany in June 2009, hitting a nine-dart finish in his quarter final before defeating Colin Lloyd to take the title.[2]

Smith suffered three successive first round defeats in the PDC World Championship, losing to Mensur Suljovic in 2008, Tony Ayres in 2009, and Darin Young in 2010. He broke this trend in the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship when he beat Shane Tichowitsch 3-1, and reached the last-16 for the second time in his career with a 4-3 win over Mervyn King, which included Smith hitting seven 100+ out-shots.

In June, Smith won the Bobby Bourn Memorial Players Championship beating Dave Chisnall 6-2 earning himself £6000. On his way to the final he narrowly beat Wayne Atwood 6-5 before he beat James Richardson also 6-5. He then picked up his form to beat Alan Tabern 6-3 which meant he faced Andy Hamilton 6-2. in the quarter-finals he beat Gary Anderson 6-1 setting up a semi-final clash with the in-form James Wade whom he beat 6-3 before prevailing in the final against Dave Chisnall hitting two 12 darters and two thirteen darters to seal the win.

At the 2012 World Championship Smith played Scott Rand in the first round and was beaten 0–3, without winning a leg.[3] At the UK Open, Smith beat Rand 9–6 and came back from 4–8 down in the last 32 to force a decider against Dennis Priestley which he lost.[4] In July, Smith won his first ever match in seven attempts at the World Matchplay following a 10–6 victory over Paul Nicholson.[5] He faced Adrian Lewis in the last 16 and was beaten 7–13.[6] After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Smith was 19th on the Order of Merit, comfortably inside the top 32 who qualified for the Players Championship Finals.[7] He was beaten 2–6 by Andy Hamilton in the first round.[8]

Smith lost in the first round of the 2013 World Championship to qualifier Daryl Gurney 3–1, hitting just 15% of his darts at a double during the match.[9] He beat James Hubbard 5–3 in the second round of the UK Open, before losing 9–7 to Gary Anderson.[10] Smith's deepest run of the year was at the fourth Players Championship where he lost 6–4 to Jelle Klaasen in the semi-finals.[11]

Smith overcame Steve Brown 3–1 in the opening round of the 2014 World Championship but then let a 3–0 set lead slip against James Wade in the second round to lose 4–3, missing two darts for the match in the process.[12] He suffered a heavy 9–3 loss to Gary Anderson in the third round of the UK Open.[13]

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

  • 1997: First round (lost to Geoff Wylie 2–3)
  • 1998: First round (lost to Les Wallace 2–3)
  • 2000: First round (lost to Co Stompé 2–3)
  • 2001: First round (lost to Co Stompé 1–3)

PDC[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/PlayerDetails.aspx?playerKey=21
  2. ^ German Delight For Smith PDC.tv
  3. ^ "World Championship - Night Seven". PDC. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open RD4". PDC. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lewis whitewashes Thornton". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Betfair World Matchplay - Night Five". PDC. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Minehead Qualifiers Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Friday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Andy Smith 2013". Darts Database. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day 11". PDC. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Evening". PDC. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 

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