Dave Chisnall battles to Premier League Darts second place ahead of play-offs

Dave Chisnall.
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Dave Chisnall had to settle for the Betway Premier League runner-up spot after a thrilling draw with Michael van Gerwen.

The Morecambe-based ace had the darts in his hand to win and finish top of the table but the world number one checked out on 108 to snatch a point in a see-saw clash at the Brighton Centre.

But ‘Chizzy’ continued the sensational form which has earned him a play-off spot on finals night at the London O2 in front of an expected crowd of 10,000.

After another strong performance against van Gerwen, Dave will fancy his chances when he faces world champion Gary Anderson in the semi-final match, live on Sky Sports next Thursday.

Dutch star van Gerwen entered the final league night a point clear of Chisnall.

But Chizzy led three times during the game as the pair slugged out a thriller, with a 161 checkout putting him 6-5 up and a leg away from a remarkable triumph.

He also landed a 180 in the game’s final leg, but saw van Gerwen take out 108 to claim the draw which secured top spot - ending the game with a 111.90 average.

“I’m not disappointed to draw because it was a good game, and when I went 6-5 up I had a chance but Michael’s finishing was superb, again, in that last leg,” said Chisnall.

“I’m very proud and I’ve done myself justice this season - people wrote me off at the beginning and I’ve proved them wrong, and I know what I can do.

“It’s all good at the moment and I’m confident that I’ll play well next week - and hopefully I can meet Michael again in the final!”

Victory next Thursday would seal ‘Chizzy’s first major televised title triumph.

His opponent next week, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Gary Anderon, sealed third place with a superb 7-3 comeback win over Adrian Lewis.

Lewis had won the game’s opening two legs by finishing 77 and 80 - with two double tops - only to see Anderson storm through the next six without reply, hitting a pair of double tops himself in a 105 checkout.

Chisnall and Anderson have faced each other twice this Premier League season, with Dave winning both.

Reigning Betway Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld ended the season in fourth place following his 7-4 win over Stephen Bunting, as the Dutchman’s clinical finishing again proved the difference.

He will face countryman van Gerwen in next Thursday’s other semi-final.

Darts legend Phil Taylor bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League’s Play-Offs for the first time with a sensational 7-1 win over 2009 champion James Wade, who ends the season in seventh place.

Tickets for the Betway Premier League Play-Offs are still available and can be purchased by calling 0844 856 0202 or online via www.axs.com.