Dave Chisnall loses tight Taylor test in Premier League darts

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Dave Chisnall was left rueing missed chances once again in his televised defeat to Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.

The Morecambe-based arrows ace lost 7-5 to the 16-times world champion despite hitting seven 180s.

Chisnall’s defeat last night in Nottingham leaves him lying joint eighth with Taylor in the Betway Premier League table after six games with just one victory, his opening week win over Robert Thornton.

And as in recent matches with Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, Chisnall played well but could not find the killer touch when it mattered.

Taylor, himself searching for only his second win after a poor start to the season, won a nervy opening leg by landing double 16 at the fifth time of asking.

Chisnall posted two 180s before landing double ten to level but ‘The Power’ responded with a 12-darter and then a 97 finish to move two legs clear.

‘Chizzy’ pulled it back to 2-3 and then wired two darts at double 18 allowing Taylor to pull 4-2 ahead, but the Morecambe man levelled the match in impressive style after a near-miss on a 170 checkout, then a 180 and double top finish.

After the two men traded the next two legs, Morecambe’s world number five looked poised to win the match at 5-5 after powering home two 180s.

But ‘Chizzy’ missed double eight and 16, and Taylor landed double 16 to move 6-5 ahead.

And ‘The Power’ broke Dave’s heart in the final leg. Despite Chisnall’s seventh 180 in the match, he missed the bull to claim a draw and Taylor kept his composure to pin double 16 for the match.

Afterwards, Taylor’s joy was obvious as many experts had written him off after his recent fall in form.

“I know my form is picking up and this is great for my confidence,” said Taylor. “Dave played well and hit some great 180s but missed a couple of doubles there in the last leg and let me in.”

In other results, Peter Wright stayed top of the table after a 7-4 triumph over Simon Whitlock who remains bottom, reigning champ Michael van Gerwen routed Wes Newton 7-1, Adrian Lewis edged Gary Anderson 7-5, and Raymond van Barneveld and Robert Thornton shared the spoils 6-6.

The Betway Premier League Darts continues next Thursday with the seventh league night to be held at the new First Direct Arena in Leeds, with a crowd of up to 11,000 set to welcome the tournament to the city for the first time.

Chisnall will play Aussie Simon Whitlock.

As always the matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.