Chisnall fightback not enough against van Gerwen in Edinburgh

Dave Chisnall in action against Robert Thornton at the Unibet Masters in Edinburgh. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall in action against Robert Thornton at the Unibet Masters in Edinburgh. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

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For the second week in succession Dave Chsinall exited a PDC major at the hands of Michael van Gerwen.

The Dutch world number was a 10-7 winner in their last eight contest in the Unibet Masters at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on Sunday.

Van Gerwen opened the game with a brilliant 170 checkout and also finished 120 as he moved 120 into a 5-1 lead, before Chisnall finished 124 as he pulled back to 6-4.

The Dutchman, though, landed seven 180s in a five-leg burst as he pulled away to move to the brink of victory at 9-4, and though Chisnall hit a 129 finish as he took three legs to threaten a sensational fightback, van Gerwen sealed victory on double three to move into the last four.

Chisnall had earlier beaten home favourite Robert Thornton 10-8 on Saturday as the world’s top 16 players did battle in the £160,000 tournament live on ITV4.

Thornton held early leads of 4-2 and 5-4, but Chisnall followed an earlier 121 checkout by finishing 140 to level and took out 114 to move into a lead he would never relinquish.

The Morecambe ace ended the game with a high-quality average of just under 100 after hitting 26 scores of 140 or more in the contest.

Van Gerwen went on to lose 11-9 to Mervyn King in the semi-finals before James Wade produced a remarkable comeback from 9-2 down against King to take the title with a stunning 11-10 triumph in the final.