Raymond Smith slammed for acting like a clown as he loses head at darts crowd

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Raymond Smith has been mocked by supporters after he took at the crowd at Alexandra Palace during his fourth round clash against Mervyn King on Thursday.

The Australian led 2-0 in sets against an out of sorts King, and grabbed what looked to be a crucial 3-1 lead after the Englishman found his way back into the contest.

From the very first dart it was clear who the home crowd wanted to progress, and Smith didn't take the boos and jeers too well as he got into an early rhythm.

After taking the second set, Smith cheering ferociously and approached the crowd in anger, leaving his opponent feeling shocked as he took a sip of water on stage.

King then found his feet to level the first to four clash at three sets apiece, then rattled home a finish of 124 with the throw, before breaking on double top.

That left The King needing just one more leg to secure his first quarter-final since 2009, and he did just that to guarantee a pay packet of £50,000.

One fan said of Smith: "Raymond Smith giving it the big one too soon. Clown."

With a second adding: "Raymond Smith trying to rile up the crowd when 3-1 up and subsequently losing his mind."

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With a third saying: "Idk why Raymond Smith decided to respond to the crowd."

And a fourth concluding: "Wonder if Raymond Smith regrets his decision to go against the crown at 3-1 up."

Despite losing in all of his seven PDC finals since 2008, King was not short of confidence ahead of his last 16 clash which took place early on Thursday afternoon.

He said this week: "You don't plot your route, what you've got is what you've got. It's as simple as that.

"So you put your head on, you play your game and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. You go home, you have a really bad Christmas or good and a crap New Year, you get what you get."

Adding: "I don't care about anyone else, they need to know about me. I'm here to win the World Championship, if I play well enough I will."

Next up for King is either James Wade or Martijn Kleermaker, who will face off in the first game of the evening session on Thursday.

The 55-year-old is already a long way from the part time work he was doing just 14 months ago – earning £120 a day delivering up to 200 packages as an Amazon driver.

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