JOSH PAYNE tasted victory at the William Hill World Darts Championship for the first time after defeating Canada's Jeff Smith by three sets to two on Saturday.

Payne took out 103 in the first leg before Smith replied by finishing 98, which he followed with 13-darter as he took the opening set 3-1.

Payne produced six perfect darts at the start of set two, which he went on to win 3-1 before taking the third set 3-0 with the aid of two 13-dart-legs.

Smith edged the fourth set 3-2 to force a decider but Payne found an extra gear at clinched it 3-0.

Match Stats
Averages:
Payne - 87.34
Smith - 88.98

180s:
Payne - 4
Smith - 0

Highest Finish:
Payne - 103
Smith - 98

100+ Checkouts:
Payne - 1
​​​​​​​Smith - 0

Finishing:
Payne - 12/37
​​​​​​​Smith - 7/20

Josh Payne (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Jeff Smith (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)