Darts fans sure Van Duijvenbode ‘taking the p***’ out of Smith with celebration

Dirk van Duijvenbode showed Ross Smith what he thought of his celebration as he checked out 136 in the second leg of the match.

Smith and Van Duijvenbode went head-to-head in the first match of Thursday's World Darts Championship afternoon session in a battle of two of the game's power scorers. And Smudger, who won the European Championship in October, started the match in superb fashion as he checked out 156 in the first leg of the contest.

The 33-year-old star celebrated in equally impressive style, letting out a huge roar as he turned to face the crowd. Van Duijvenbode could only stand and watch as his opponent took a 1-0 lead in the first set, but it wasn't long before he got his comeuppance.

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Requiring 136 to draw level in the second leg, the Dutchman expertly pinned T20, T20, D8 in double quick fashion to make it 1-1. Not one to be outdone in the celebration stakes, Van Duijvenbode opened his mouth to the crowd after winning the leg, wobbling his facial features around in sarcastic fashion.

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The camera then panned to Smith, who gave a look as if to say "fair enough" after his 30-year-old opponent took out the ton-plus checkout.

And Van Duijvenbode's celebration didn't escape the attention of darts fans on Twitter. One wrote: "Dirk taking the p*** out of Ross."

Another said: "That was a sarcastic celebration from Dirk 100%." As a third wrote: "More of this please." Someone else added: "100% sarcastic from Dirk there like."

Van Duijvenbode had the last laugh in the first set as he recovered from being 1-0 down in legs to win 3-1. The Aubergenius couldn't build on his lead in the second set, however, as Smith made it one apiece.

The Dutchman has made it to the fourth round on two previous occasions, including in 2020 and 2021.


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