Chisnall Shines as European Champs Warm Up.

Dave Chisnall produced the performance of day two at the 2019 Unibet European Championship, averaging 109.75 to see off Jonny Clayton in a 10-4 win.

Chizzy continued his recent run of success with a fine win over Johnny Clayton.
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The victory sets up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Daryl Gurney who survived a late Simon Whitlock comeback to progress.

The star of the night was Chisnall though, as he fired in 11 maximums to blow away his Welsh opponent.

It was Clayton who started the better of the pair, hitting two 121 finishes in the opening two legs to begin in style.

This seemed to inspire Chisnall, who at 3-2 down put together a run of four straight legs, which included a 142 checkout to wrestle control away from Clayton.

Despite averaging over 101 himself, Clayton was no match for his opponent as the World Grand Prix runner-up went on to seal a 10-4 victory.

“Once I got in my stride that treble 20 was like a magnet, they were all going in,” said Chisnall.

“Jonny started well and he brought the best game out of me, so this result is a bit tough on him.

“We all know my scoring game is there, it’s just doubles that have let me down over the years but I’ve been practicing hard on my doubles and it’s been working for me.”

Chisnall will now face Gurney in Sunday’s quarter-final after the Northern Irishman survived a late comeback from former European Champion Whitlock.

Gurney began the match in scintillating form taking the opening five legs, with an average of over 117.

Whitlock staged a valient fightback before Gurney clinched the win 10-7.
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The 2018 Players Champion continued his form after the break, racing in to a 9-2 lead and looking certain to progress to the quarter-finals.

Whitlock had other ideas though and began a fightback that threatened to derail Gurney’s quest for a third televised PDC title.

The Australia managed to win five consecutive legs to put the pressure on Gurney but an 11-dart hold of throw in leg 17 secured a 10-7 win for the 33-year-old.

“I was in the zone for the first five legs, I would’ve been 5-0 up against anybody in the world.

“In the break I told myself ‘don’t let your standards drop and don’t give him a chance’ but unfortunately that’s exactly what I did!

“Fair play to Simon, he’s a fantastic player and he had the crowd behind him, so I was mighty relieved to see that winning double go in.”

Former European Championship finalist Rob Cross secured his place in the quarter-finals with a 10-7 victory over Joe Cullen.

The pair were evenly matched through the majority of the game with the contest tied at 5-5 at the second break. The world number two then took control of the game stringing together a run of three consecutive legs to put him in control.

Cross would go on to win the required to legs to claim the victory and move into the last eight.

“I’m just happy to get over the line really, I missed chances early on and so did Joe,” said Cross.

“We weren’t at our best but I think the best player won a bad game and sometimes that’s what you need to do.”

Cross will now face Ricky Evans after the Englishman overcame Michael van Gerwen’s conqueror, Ross Smith 10-7 in the final match of the night.

An average of 92.22 and 34% on the doubles was enough for Evans to progress in to his first televised quarter-final.

“I’m just so happy to get the win, I was just thinking ‘please let me win the last leg’.

“When I got to 9-4 I knew I was getting close but he did well to fight back to 9-7,” said Evans.

“I’ve got to get ready to face Rob on Sunday, he’s in the same stable as me and we get on very well but I believe I can beat him.”

Earlier in the day, the afternoon session saw the final eight first-round matches take place, as rising Dutch prospect Jeffrey de Zwaan heaped further misery on Champions League runner-up Peter Wright.

Former World Matchplay semi-finalist De Zwaan, who ended the match with a 101.78 average, defied a Wright comeback to advance to the last 16.

“You know you have to play well against Peter and I think I played really well,” said De Zwaan, who is making his first European Championship appearance since 2015.

“If you want to win the tournament you have to beat them all.

“I want to be in the final and win the tournament, and with the world number one that helps my chances of course.”

The most impressive performance of the afternoon saw Michael Smith average 106.09 to blow away second seed Ian White 6-1.

Nathan Aspinall landed a 170 checkout on his way to a 6-3 victory over Steve Beaton, while World Grand Prix semi-finalist Chris Dobey defeated Krzysztof Ratajski by the same scoreline.

Vincent van der Voort enjoyed a thumping 6-1 win over a below-par Mensur Suljovic, and there were also 6-1 successes for Stephen Bunting and Jermaine Wattimena against Keegan Brown and Jamie Hughes respectively.

Gerwyn Price was pushed hard by debutant Ted Evetts but the Welshman held his nerve in the closing stages to claim a 6-4 win.

The 2019 Unibet European Championship will continue on Saturday with the remaining second round matches taking place in Göttingen, Germany in front of a packed out crowd.

Friday October 25
Afternoon Session
First Round

Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Keegan Brown
Chris Dobey 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Steve Beaton
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Mensur Suljovic
Michael Smith 6-1 Ian White
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Ted Evetts

Evening Session
Second Round

Rob Cross 10-7 Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney 10-7 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall 10-4 Jonny Clayton
Ricky Evans 10-7 Ross Smith

Saturday October 26
Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Second Round x4

Vincent dan der Voort v Chris Dobey
Michael Smith v Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Jermaine Wattimena

Sunday October 27 (1245 local time, 1145 GMT)
Afternoon Session – Order of Play TBC
Quarter-Finals

Ricky Evans v Rob Cross
Dave Chisnall v Daryl Gurney
M Smith/Bunting v De Zwaan/Wattimena
Van der Voort/Dobey v Price/Aspinall

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)
Semi-Finals & Final

WGP – Day Four – Cross gets Duzza’d!

Glen Durrant, Nathan Aspinall, Dave Chisnall and Jermaine Wattimena were all victorious in Dublin on Wednesday to complete the quarter-final line-up at the 2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix.

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ROUND 2 ROB CROSS V GLEN DURRANT GLEN DURRANT IN ACTION

Day Four of the double-start event saw the final four last 16 ties take place at the Citywest Convention Centre as three players won through to the quarter-finals for the first time.

Durrant and Wattimena will meet in Thursday’s quarter-finals after the Lakeside Champion performed under pressure in a five-set thriller with Rob Cross and the Dutchman knocked out Peter Wright.

After a staccato start, the first ever meeting between former World Champion Cross and Lakeside Champion Durrant blossomed into one of the most memorable matches of the tournament so far this year.

The opening set’s decider was won by debutant Durrant, before the second set saw Cross land finishes of 144 and 134 to level with a 3-0 scoreline.

With Durrant being outscored, he relied on missed finishing doubles from Cross to stay ahead in the third set before a 109 checkout saw him regain his one-set lead.

Set four went to a deciding leg, but after Durrant took eight darts to get away, Cross landed a 138 checkout to keep his hopes alive at two-all in sets.

The deciding set began with both players hitting their stride as they exchanged 180s before Durrant found double 16 with his last dart in hand to go 1-0 up.

The third leg saw Cross miss three darts at double, before Durrant found double five to go within a leg of the match once again and this time he drove home the advantage, kicking off with a 152 and taking out 54 to bring the curtain down on a dramatic affair.

“I wish I could stand here being really happy but there’s something not quite right with the way I’m playing at the moment,” Durrant admitted.

“One thing I don’t lack is bottle and that’s what got me through tonight. I’ve come through a really tough section of the draw without playing well.

“I know I need to up my game in the next round if I’m to progress and that’s what I’m working towards now.”

Meanwhile, Wattimena was left in tears after beating Wright 3-1 to reach his first individual televised quarter-final – following June’s run to the World Cup semi-finals for the Netherlands.

Wright followed up an earlier 111 finish by taking out 148 in the set one decider, but Wattimena was not disheartened and replied by taking set two 3-0.

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ROUND 2 PETER WRIGHT V JERMAINE WATTIMENA JERMAINE WATTIMENA IN ACTION

The third set also went to a fifth leg and after Wright missed three darts to regain his one-set lead, Wattimena pinned two double tops to take out 100 and deal a body blow to the World Cup-winning Scot.

Having gone two legs down in the fourth set, Wright fought back to 2-2, only for Wattimena to show great composure, hitting a huge 145 score and then making no mistake on double 12 to seal a memorable victory.

“I’m really happy with this win, now I have shown that I can play on stage,” said an emotional Wattimena.

“I am over the moon but I can’t get too carried away because now I have a huge game with Glen tomorrow – he is a great player and I think it will be a good match.”

UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall will face 2013 World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals after Dublin debutant Aspinall twice came from behind to claim a 3-2 win over Danny Noppert.

Dutchman Noppert, who knocked out 2017 champion Daryl Gurney in round one, got off to the worst possible start, taking 17 darts to land a starting double in the opening leg.

However, Noppert recovered and after Aspinall missed three darts at double top to take the set, he found double five to go 1-0 up in the contest.

Aspinall stormed back, taking the second set 3-0, but found himself behind once again as Noppert took the third set 3-1.

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ROUND 2 NATHAN ASPINALL V DANNY NOPPERT NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION



An 88 checkout on the bullseye saw Aspinall win the fourth set 3-1 – a fourth consecutive set won against throw – to take the match to a decider.

After Aspinall held throw in leg one, the US Darts Masters champion showed his class, firing in a 180 followed by a 92 checkout to break throw, before wrapping up the win in the next leg.

It was a simpler passage into the last eight for Chisnall, who won in straight sets against Stephen Bunting.

After Bunting surrendered a 2-0 advantage to lose the first set 3-2, Chisnall seized the initiative and failed to drop another leg in a one-sided contest.

Doubling-in proved to be the main stumbling block for Bunting, who missed 43 darts at starting doubles to Chisnall’s 22.

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ROUND 2 STEPHEN BUNTING V DAVE CHISNALL DAVE CHISNALL IN ACTION

Thursday’s quarter-finals will begin with the tie between Ian White and Chris Dobey, while reigning champion Michael van Gerwen continues his bid to win a fifth Dublin title against Mervyn King in a repeat of the 2012 decider.

BoyleSports World Grand Prix
Wednesday October 9

Second Round
Nathan Aspinall 3-2 Danny Noppert
Dave Chisnall 3-0 Stephen Bunting
Glen Durrant 3-2 Rob Cross
Jermaine Wattimena 3-1 Peter Wright

Thursday October 10 (1900 BST start)
Quarter-Finals
Ian White v Chris Dobey
Dave Chisnall v Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen v Mervyn King
Glen Durrant v Jermaine Wattimena

Friday October 11 (1900 BST start)
Semi-Finals
Van Gerwen/King v White/Dobey
Durrant/Wattimena v Chisnall/Aspinall

Saturday October 12 (2000 BST start)
Final
Preceded by Tom Kirby Irish Matchplay final between Liam Gallagher & Keane Barry

ENDS

The Resurrection of Dave Chisnall

It was double-delight for Dave Chisnall in Belfast after wins over the Stoke duo of Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor.
Photo : Michael Cooper

 

There remains one Premier League player who has not yet won a major title, after Peter Wright’s March triumph at the UK Open in Minehead. And that player, Dave Chisnall, appeared until last night to be almost certain to miss the Premier League playoffs, further prolonging that drought. Holding the advantage of throw against Gary Anderson in the final leg of his April 13 match, Chisnall scored 481 points with 9 darts only to confine himself in the madhouse. Missing seven match darts en route, Chisnall unexpectedly surrendered a point to the world number 2.

The paradoxical nature of Chisnall’s game was encapsulated by that leg. How can a player so proficient in power scoring fold so catastrophically under pressure when faced with momentous darts at doubles? Sitting on eight points, six behind fourth-place Raymond van Barneveld, Chisnall faced the prospect of needing four wins in five matches – and at least one against either Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson – to secure a place in the semi-finals.

The fight back began against a man who had thrown a nine-darter and a 111 average in the previous week’s edition of Premier League Darts. Dashing off three maxima in his first three legs against Adrian Lewis was hardly unusual fare for the treble-thrasher Chisnall, but by cleaning up those three legs with five darts at double, Chizzy denied Jackpot an attempt at any finish. Lewis returned the favour on his next two holds of throw, aided by 180s at the start of both, but the St Helens darter held throw with a clinical two-dart 96 finish and a checkout from 212 in four darts, seizing a 5-2 advantage. With help from some untimely missed doubles from Lewis – and a wayward dart at single 1 – Chisnall shook off final-leg nerves to finish the match in the madhouse, winning the leg with a single dart at double 1. Having recorded a 104 average and a superb 54% checkout rate, the challenge for Chizzy then became transferring that authoritative form to a second match across two hours’ break.

In fact, Chisnall managed to bring an even higher average (105) to the duel with Phil Taylor, giving the 16-time world champion only eight darts at double in four legs with which to challenge him. Though Chizzy did not manage to complete any three-figure checkouts all night, and none greater than 50 in his second match, he was never under pressure to hit a big finish for the sake of saving the match and succeeded time and again in setting up simpler checkouts. With both Taylor and Lewis playing somewhat below par, the task for Chisnall was merely to play sensible darts and stay relaxed.

Chisnall, who has struggled with his endgame all year long, broke Taylor’s throw on tops after a lovely setup from 176, following a similar setup of tops in three darts from 179. His superb setup play put the pressure on an insufficiently motivated Taylor to hit the ton-plus checkouts; and when the Power failed to deliver, Chizzy coolly hit the doubles. Furthermore, by splitting a score of 18 three times last evening, eschewing double 9 for double 4 and subsequently hitting it, Chizzy showed a confidence lacking in many of his previous games in 2017. Having no answer for his opponent’s 11-darter in the eighth leg, Taylor missed two doubles in the ninth leg to save the match, giving Chizzy the opportunity he needed to claim the fourth of four points available to him on the night.

Chisnall bailed out his Premier League campaign in a Dublin doubleheader last night, showcasing a massively improved finishing game and dispatching two of the most accomplished darters in darts’ history. Now four points closer to the O2, Chisnall now looks twice as dangerous of an opponent as he did last week, and an infinitely more plausible playoff contender.