Chisnall beaten by Taylor in final

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DAVE Chisnall admitted darts’ greatest ever player was simply “too good” in the final of the German Darts Championship,

The Morecambe man continued his excellent form in the run-up to Sunday’s final but found Phil “The Power” Taylor in top form as he was defeated 6-2 at the Tempodrom in Berlin.

Chisnall said: “It feels great to have reached the final but Phil was too good in the end.

“It’s always an honour playing Phil and the atmosphere was great.”

“Chizzy Rascal” had no answer to the 15-time world champion who hit seven 180s in an imperious display to gain revenge over Morecambe’s UK Open semi-finalist for his defeat in the World Darts Championship at Christmas.

Taylor opened the decider with a 180 in a 12-darter, and after Chisnall levelled in 14 darts he posted an 11-darter and tops to lead 3-1.

Chisnall won the fifth leg on double ten, despite a maximum from Taylor, before the Stoke great hit the same bed to win his fourth leg, finished a 14-darter to lead 5-2 and landed his seventh maximum in the next as he set up tops for victory.

Chisnall opened the European Tour event on Friday when he averaged more than 100 in a 6-3 win over Gareth Cousins in the first round and then turned on the style with a 6-1 win over home favourite Michael Rosenauer the following day, producing Saturday’s highest average of 108.35.

The Morecambe ace, who has won three Players Championships events in a breakout year, then hit six 180s in a brilliant 6-5 win over Terry Jenkins in the last 16.

Jenkins came from 4-2 down to lead 5-4 in a thriller, only for Chisnall to hit a 13-darter to win the deciding leg.

In Sunday evening’s final session he then picked up a pair of 6-4 victories over Mervyn King and Simon Whitlock, in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively, to win through to the final, with the £7,500 prize money taking him up to 16th in the PDC Order of Merit.

After the event, Chisnall said he was pleased that his hard work was paying off as he continued to mix it with the best the PDC has to offer.

He said: “I like the European Tour events and I’m having some success in them, so I hope I can win one next time!

“I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work recently and it’s paying off.”