Chris Dobey completed a fantastic comeback to see off Jeff Smith on day two of the World Darts Championship in London.

Hollywood went 2-0 down to The Silencer, before producing some astonishing quality to come through 3-2 in his second round contest. The number 22 seed will now face either Daryl Gurney or William O’Connor in the third round after Christmas. It’s the third straight year that Chris has made the last 32 at Alexandra Palace.

Missed darts at double was the story for Dobey in the opening set. Three at double 16 were squandered in the first leg, allowing Smith to break and hold to move 2-0 up. However, a lovely 104 outshot, followed by a double two saw Hollywood level at 2-2. Unfortunately he could not capitalise, missing double 16 again to win the set, as The Silencer found an 86 shot on the bull to go 1-0 up.

Dobey came firing out the blocks in the second set, finding an 11 darter to break and then double eight to go 2-0 up. With the score at 2-1, he then missed two darts to level the contest up. Smith punished once again, finding double 18 to force a deciding fifth leg, before hitting double 16 to take a 2-0 lead.

The third set saw Hollywood have the darts, and he did not let it slip this time. An 18 and 15 darter saw him lead 2-1, and despite missing double 16 for a 110 and the set, he kept his cool. In the fifth leg, he found a 116 checkout to get on the board and reduce the deficit to 2-1.

This gave Dobey the belief he needed, and he turned up the pace in the fourth set. After breaking the Smith in the opening leg, he held with an excellent 106 outshot to go 2-0 up. Despite the Canadian holding, he could not stop Hollywood levelling the match, hitting a 98 shot on double 19 to force a decider.

Hollywood then completed the comeback with an outstanding third set. A 130 on the bullseye, followed by an excellent 81, saw him take a 2-0 lead with Smith on a makeable finish both times. Dobey then ended the match by hitting double 16 for a 14 dart hold, winning the match 3-2.

Words: Jarleth Eaton

Photo 📷: Lawrence Lustig/PDC