Michael Smith held off a James Wade fightback to reach the final of the World Darts Championship for a second time, where he'll meet Peter Wright - who beat Gary Anderson - on Monday.

2019 runner-up Smith prevailed 6-3 after fourth seed Wade had rallied from 5-1 down to threaten a tense finish in the first semi-final at Alexandra Palace.

Smith fired 16 180s and averaged 101 as he saw off his fellow Englishman.

"It was a tough game," Smith told Sky Sports. "I knew he was going to push me.

"There was one set where he hit 180 after 180. It was about keeping my cool then.

"He knows how to win, he knows how to grind mPetatches out. He knows how to switch off in legs and turn it back on in the next leg. Luckily enough I did it in the end.

"You're not gifted things in life. I’ve not deserved it – I have worked hard for it."

Wright will be looking to claim his second title in three years

Smith opened strongly by taking the first leg in 13 darts and soon led by two sets.

Wade responded by taking the third set in the deciding leg with a 121 check out and then took the first two legs of the fourth.

Yet Smith hit back to win the set and the next two to open up a 5-1 lead. Wade claimed the next two to reduce the deficit but could not maintain the momentum and slipped to semi-final defeat for a fourth time in his career.

Later in the night, Wright moved into a 3-0 lead against fellow Scot Anderson, before the world number 2 was reeled in.

But Anderson could never draw level, trailing at 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4, as Wright reached his second final in three years, where he will look to repeat his 2020 success.