Chisnall and van Gerwen to battle it out for top spot

Dave Chisnall celebrates on his way to victory over Stephen Bunting in Newcastle. Picture: Ian Horrocks/PDC
Dave Chisnall celebrates on his way to victory over Stephen Bunting in Newcastle. Picture: Ian Horrocks/PDC

Dave Chisnall faces Michael van Gerwen in a shoot-out to decide top spot in the Betway Premier League Darts table on Thursday night.

The Morecambe ace battles the world number one at The Brighton Centre after moving just one point behind in second place with a 7-1 win over Stephen Bunting last time out in Newcastle.

Michael van Gerwen consoles Dave Chisnall after getting the better of their epic at the Unibet Masters earlier in the year. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Michael van Gerwen consoles Dave Chisnall after getting the better of their epic at the Unibet Masters earlier in the year. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

After taking the opening leg with tops last Thursday night, Chisnall produced some brilliant darts with legs of 12, 14 and 11 darts - including a sublime 180 followed by a 137 checkout to move four legs clear.

He traded 180s with Bunting to win a fifth leg before the former Lakeside Champion hit back in the sixth on double ten, but Chisnall was clinical in securing the victory by taking out double 16 in the next and a 132 checkout on the bullseye, ending with a 104.50 average.

Chisnall said: “I’m delighted.

“I started a bit slowly but it’s all about the winning and I’ve done that.

“Stephen didn’t play like he can and I took full advantage - I scored heavily and finished well again.

“I’m over the moon with how I’m playing at the moment and I want to keep winning and take this into the play-offs.”

Elsewhere in Newcastle Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld secured their places in the play-offs as a defeat for Phil Taylor meant he would not reach the top four for the first time in the tournament’s history.

World Champion Anderson picked up a narrow 7-5 triumph over the six-time Premier League champion, as Taylor was edged out in a must-win contest.

A 6-6 draw for van Barneveld against James Wade also means that the reigning Premier League champion will compete in the play-offs in a fortnight, as a 7-5 win for Adrian Lewis over van Gerwen came in vain for his top four challenge.

The final night of the season takes place in Brighton this Thursday with Chisnall’s clash with van Gerwen the final match of the night live on Sky Sports 1.

Attention then turns to the Premier League play-offs at the O2 in London seven days later on May 21 where the Morecambe ace bids to lift his first major PDC title.

Before that the players are in Crawley for a triple header of action this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in European Tour qualifiers and Players Championship events.michael va