DAVE Chisnall notched up a dramatic 6-5 victory over Phil Taylor to win Sunday’s Players Championship at the Rivermead Centre in Reading, despite the world number one hitting a nine-dart finish for a second successive day.
Taylor followed up his perfect leg in Saturday’s Players Championship with victory in the event, and came close to completing a flawless weekend 24 hours later.
However the Morecambe-based ace evoked memories of his World Championship victory over Taylor in December by coming from 2-1 down early on to win three straight legs and lead 4-2 as the Stoke legend faltered on his doubles.
Taylor hit back with legs of 13, 12 and 14 darts to move 5-4 up, with Chisnall finishing a pressure 92 to send the game into a deciding leg.
Taylor was first to a finish, but opted against throwing for the bull on a 161 combination, and then missed three darts at double 16 as Chisnall stepped in to land double 18 for the triumph.
The win was “Chizzy Rascal’s” second on the PDC ProTour in the past six months, and puts him a step closer to qualification through the ProTour Order of Merit for the likes of the World Matchplay, European Championship and World Grand Prix.
“It feels good beating Phil after what happened at the World Championship,” said Chisnall. “He could have won this game but he missed a couple of doubles there and I took my chances.
“This time last year I would have lost a few of the games that I won today but I’m getting stronger and getting better.
“I’ve done well so far this year and felt good coming into this event. My goal again this year is to get into all the TV events and this win pushes me on a little bit further.”
Chisnall opened the day with wins over Canada’s Jeff Smith, Holland’s Co Stompe and experienced star Dennis Smith before dropping only one leg in victories against McCoy’s Premier League Darts stars Simon Whitlock and Andy Hamilton.
He then defeated Steve Beaton 6-5 in the semis, hitting a 14-darter in the deciding leg to win through to the final.